Heather Erickson

Volleyball

Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-0
Hometown/Current residence: Fayetteville, N.C./ Edmond, Okla.
Birth year: 1993
College/Major/Grad Year: University of Central Oklahoma, psychology, currently attending
Nature of disability: Below the knee amputee, right leg
Joined the team: 2006

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MOST NOTABLE

  • Current team captain
  • Named MVP and "Best Spiker" of the 2016 World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup
  • Named "Best Hitter" at 2014 World Championships
  • Named U.S. Women's Sitting Player of the Year in 2013
  • Named MVP at the 2013 Moscow Cup
  • Two-time Paralympic silver medalist (2012 and 2008)
  • Two-time World Championship silver medalist (2014 and 2010)
  • Gold medal at the 2012 Volleyball Masters in The Netherlands
  • Named "Best Server" at the 2011 Parapan American Zonal Championships
  • Named "Best Blocker" at the 2008 Intercontinental Cup
  • Has medaled at the Parapan American Games three times (3 gold)

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:
2016 – ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (Gold)
2015 - Parapan American Games (Gold)
2014 - ParaVolley World Championships (Silver)
2012 - Paralympic Games (Silver); Volleyball Masters (Gold)
2011 - Parapan American Zonal Championships (Gold); ECVD Continental Cup (Gold)
2010 - WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver); Parapan American Championship (Gold); WOVD World Cup (Gold)
2009 - Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold), Eurocup (Gold)
2008 - Beijing Paralympic Games (Silver); World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup (Bronze)
2007 - Sitting Volleyball Invitational (Silver)

DID YOU KNOW

  • Heather helped the U.S. team in the 2012 the London Paralympics, and scored 62 points on 44 kills, seven blocks and 11 aces. Led the U.S. in scoring in the semifinals against Ukraine with 15 points on 11 kills, two blocks and two aces
  • The youngest player on the U.S. team, Heather finished the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing with a silver medal
  • U.S. Women's Sitting Team awarded as Paralympians of the Year for 2008
  • In her free time, Heather likes coaching, reading, watching movies, and playing video games.
  • Role model is her sister Stephanie, "she helps me with everything, including volleyball skills and life issues."

RELATED LINKS
Erickson Honored for Play in 2013
Heather Erickson leads U.S. to gold in sitting volleyball
Photo: Zimbio
The Oklahoman: Amputees cherish chance to play sitting volleyball

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