Athlete Spotlight – Jayna Doll

Hometown: Camrose, AB

How were you introduced to the sport? I was introduced to wheelchair basketball at a young age. My older sister, who has spina bifida, and brother both started playing before me. I hopped in a chair when I was 8 years old and never looked back.

Are you involved in any other sports? I played a bit of volleyball and able bodied basketball when I went through junior high and high school. But nothing has given me as many opportunities as wheelchair basketball.

Any pregame superstitions/rituals? Before every game I try to give myself a compliment in the mirror… gets the good mojo flowing.

Pregame meal? I’m a big breakfast person, so pregame muffins, French toast, pancakes, waffles… I’m all for that carb load.

Favourite song to warm up to? As a team, I definitely think we’ll say anything by ABBA. Personally, Zero by Imagine Dragons.

What is your favourite memory playing wheelchair basketball? My favourite memory would be the 2019 Canada Winter Games gold medal game in Red Deer, my brother and I on the floor as the buzzer rang and we look at each other in disbelief, we had just won gold.

What motivates you the most to work hard? I work hard for my team, I wouldn’t be recovering from surgery so quick if it weren’t for their support and drive to get me back out balling.

How are you feeling about the Canada Winter Games? I’m thrilled to be a part of such an amazing experience. 2019 was an honour to be a part of but I feel it’s going to be so much cooler to be travelling with the team to Prince Edward Island after sport has seen such a long hiatus with Covid.

How have you been preparing for the Canada Winter Games? I spent the last two years training at the University of Texas in Arlington, playing collegiate level ball. Unfortunately due to health issues, I’ve had to return to Alberta and take on a more coaching role with the local club as I recover from two surgeries. Come January I hope to be back in my chair training with the rest of my team!

What is your goal for the Canada Winter Games? My goal is always to play fearless. I want to be able to truly leave it all on the court, to take risks and have confidence through mistakes.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to get involved in the sport? The most important thing about sport is to be open to having fun. If you don’t find some sort of enjoyment out of the banging chairs or learning challenges, you’re in it for the wrong reasons.

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