Three-time Paralympian and two-time CIS national champion with the University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball Janet McLachlan announced her retirement from the Canadian National Wheelchair Basketball Team last Friday.
McLachlan played basketball for the Vikes for five seasons, winning two national championships in 1998 and 2000 and representing Canada at the 2001 Student Games in Beijing. She went on to play rugby an elite level before injuring her knee while trying out for Canada’s national rugby squad in 2006 and starting her wheelchair basketball career.
The Vancouver, B.C., native established herself as one of the top wheelchair basketball players in the world as a dominant point producer and rebounder. She made her first appearance for Team Canada in 2008 and went on to compete at three Paralympics in 2008, 2012 and 2016. She captured gold and bronze medals at the world championships in 2014 and 2010, respectively, and was named to the world championship all-star team in 2014.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to put on the Canadian jersey for the last eight years and to be a part of such a historic program,” said McLachlan. “It was a tough decision to make but the timing feels right. I will miss my teammates and staff, the fun and adventures we have had over the years and being a part of Team Canada.
“Few things can ever top walking into a stadium full of tens of thousands of cheering people, friends at your side and Canada across your chest, or winning a world championship on home soil. I will be forever thankful for the support of my family and friends and look forward to whatever adventures lie ahead.”