Kaleo Kanahele

Volleyball

Position: Setter
Height: 5-6
Hometown: Edomond, Okla./ Edmond, Okla.
Birth year: 1996
College/Major/Grad Year: Youth American College/Christian ministry, Youth ministry/2018
Nature of disability: Born with a club foot, has limited calf muscle and rotation after surgery at 9 months old
Joined the team: 2008

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MOST NOTABLE

  • Named the 2014 "Female Sitting Player of the Year" by USA Volleyball
  • World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball Championship Best Setter (2014)
  • World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball Championship Silver Medalist (2014)
  • Paralympic Olympic Silver Medalist (2012)
  • Named Best Setter at the 2011 Parapan American Zonal Championships where the team won gold

MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:
2016 – ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (Gold)
2015 - Parapan American Games (Gold)
2014 - World ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver); Denver Sitting Volleyball Challenge
2013 - Moscow Cup (Gold)
2012 - Paralympic Games (Silver); Volleyball Masters (Gold); Shanghai Exhibition Tournament; Netherlands Exhibition Tournament
2011 - Parapan American Zonal Championships (Gold); ECVD Continental Cup (Gold)
2010 - WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver); Parapan American Championship (Gold)

DID YOU KNOW

  • At 14 years old, Kaleo was the youngest player to compete for USA Volleyball in a major competition at the Sitting Volleyball World Championships in 2010
  • At 9 months old she had tenotomy surgery, placing pins through the toe and heel to set the heel bone. However, the procedure has limited her calf muscle and flexibility.
  • The people she admires most are her mother, Charla, and her fiance, Matthew. Her mom, “has always supported me and encouraged me against all odds,” while Matthew, “encourages and loves me with more grace and willingness than anyone I’ve known.”
  • She is studying youth ministry in college and currently works at Church of the Harvest, working with Oklahoma City inner-city youth
  • Her hobbies include surfing and skating

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Standing successes influence Sitting players
Kanahele named Women’s Sitting Player of the Year
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Parasport News: Kaleo Kanahele named USA Women’s National Sitting Volleyball Team athlete of the year
The Oklahoman: U.S. Sitting Volleyball team member Kaleo Kanahele cleared to play


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