Name: Monique Burkland
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Discipline(s): Sitting Volleyball
Position: Middle
Height: 6-0
DOB: 8/11/1989
Birthplace: Reno, Nev.
Hometown: Ardmore, Okla.
High School: Plainview High School
College: University of Central Oklahoma
Paralympic Experience
  • 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Gold Medal)
  • 2012: Paralympic Games in London (Silver Medal)
World Championship Experience
  • 2014: ParaVolleyball World Championships (Silver)
  • 2010: WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver Medal)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2016: World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (Gold); Exhibition Tournament vs. Russia; Dutch Tournament (First)
  • 2015: Parapan American Games (Gold)
  • 2012: Shanghai Exhibition Tournament; Netherlands Exhibition Tournament
  • 2011: Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold);  ECVD Continental Cup (Gold); Shanghai Exhibition Tournament
  • 2010: WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver Medal)
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  • Member of the U.S. Women's Sitting Team that was named "Best Paralympic Team" at the 2016 Team USA Awards
  • 2015: USA Volleyball Female Sitting Team Player of the Year
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  • She became an amputee after her foot was smashed between two forklifts during an accident at work
  • Was an all-state softball player and did track and basketball before she started sitting volleyball
  • Had 31 points on 23 kills, six blocks and two aces at the 2012 Paralympics
Personal: Monique most admires her grandparents because, "they are very strong and caring people who would do anything for their family. They have been my No. 1 supporters since day one."...Her favorite professional teams are the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.