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Gavel invited to national camp
Daily Herald Staff
Prince Albert’s Erica Gavel received an early Christmas present when it was announced late last week that she will be one of 21 players vying for a dozen spots on the Canadian women’s national wheelchair basketball team when a selection camp is held in Las Vegas, Nev., early in the New Year.
Gavel, a former standout player at Carlton Comprehensive High School, had been with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for three seasons, before a series of knee injuries forced her to the sidelines.
While rehabilitating from the last major surgery, Gavel switched gears and continued playing the sport, only this time from a sitting position. Her natural basketball skills quickly gained attention and during the summer she was offered a full scholarship to the University of Alabama, where she is presently finishing her first semester of studies.
Gavel has already had some experience playing with the national women’s wheelchair team as she travelled to Europe earlier this year for a tournament in Germany and a training camp in Great Britain.
Although not confined to a wheelchair, Gavel’s disability from the various injuries and subsequent surgeries, has put her in a classification that allows her to be eligible to compete on a national and world stage.
Should Gavel be one of the 12 players to be successful in being named to the national team she will represent Canada at the 2014 women’s world wheelchair basketball championship scheduled for Toronto in late June.
The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team has had a great deal of success in recent years winning three consecutive Paralympic gold medals from 1992-2000 and they have also reached the podium at six straight world championships.
Gavel will be looking to be part of a team that extends that run to seven.