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Jessica Vliegenhart & Shakeela Begum

Jessica Vliegenhart

Wheelchair Basketball | Canada


Jessica Vliegenthart is a Wheelchair Basketball Paralympian who represented Team Canada at the 2012 London Games. Jessica completed law school at the University of Victoria while competing for Team Canada from 2007-2012. After the 2012 London Paralympics, she retired from international play and returned to Canada to start her legal practice. She is a 2010 World Championship bronze medalist, two time Canadian champion (2012 and 2010), a two-time PanAmerican Games silver medalist (2007 and 2011), and a veteran of many international caps. Following her international sport career, Jessica started her legal career and now practices exclusively in the area of tort law as a civil litigator at Fulton & Company, LLP. Currently, Jessica serves on the Board of Directors for Spinal Cord Injury British Columbia and as the athlete representative on the Revenue Generation and Government Relations Section of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Following the Paralympics, she co-founded the Kamloops Adapted Sport Association, a multisport adapted sport organization that provides adapted sport opportunities to the interior of British Columbia, and she continues to sit on this board today. Jessica has been recognized for her contributions to her community with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Ann Roberts Humanitarian Award from UVic Law, and the Terry Fox Gold Medal from Simon Fraser University. Jessica is passionate about the advancement of women in both the corporate and sporting worlds.

Shakeela Begum

Executive Coach | University of British Columbia

MENTOR | IWF British Columbia 

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