Athlete Spotlight – Sydney Poapst

Hometown: Stettler

How were you introduced to the sport? I’ve played standup basketball pretty much my whole life but then I tore both of my ACL’s in high school. My mom rented the chairs from Ross for her gym classes so after I had my first knee surgery a few years ago she thought I should try it out while I rehab and I’ve just stuck with it since.

Are you involved in any other sports? I still like to play standup basketball whenever I have the chance with my family and I’ve played wheelchair tennis just for fun the past few summers.

Favorite song to warm up to? No Role Modelz by J. Cole

What is your favorite memory playing wheelchair basketball? The Women’s Festival last season was such a fun event! I had never played in a 3 on 3 tournament since I joined wheelchair and it was a lot faster paced than I thought it would be which was great.

What motivates you the most to work hard? I love seeing my self-improvement like being able to appreciate how skills I work hard at in practice translate into games is a big thing for me.

How are you feeling about the Canada Winter Games? I’m a little nervous but also very excited to be able to play for Alberta at such a big tournament!

How have you been preparing for the Canada Winter Games? Outside of our regular club practices in Edmonton, I try to do weights and basketball workouts just by myself as much as I can.

What is your goal for the Canada Winter Games? I’m really hoping we can medal and I think we have a good group of athletes to do it.

Do you have any advice for someone wanting to get involved in the sport? Just try it out and see how it goes! Don’t be too hard on yourself because chair skills take awhile to learn, just try to focus on little things you can improve on over time and have fun with it.

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