Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Birth Year: 1996
Resides: Oklahoma City, Okla.
High School: Edmond Santa Fe High School
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 – Paralympic Games (Silver Medal)… Volleyball Masters (Gold Medal)… Shanghai Exhibition Tournament… Netherlands Exhibition Tournament. 2011 – Parapan American Zonal Championships (Gold Medal)...ECVD Continental Cup (Gold Medal). 2010 – WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver Medal)... Parapan American Championship in Colorado (Gold Medal).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 – Played in seven sets at the London Paralympicsand started four. Finished with two points on two kills... Helped U.S. Women to a 4-0 record and a gold medal at the Volleyball Masters in The Netherlands. 2011 – Named Best Setter at the 2011 Parapan American Zonal Championships where the team won gold. 2010 – Was the youngest player on the team, age 14, to compete for the U.S. at the Sitting Volleyball World Championships. She appeared in seven sets over the course of the Tournament and tallied one kill, 0.14 per set, and five service aces, 0.71 per set.
PERSONAL: Born Kaleo Okalani Kanahele on June 11, 1996, in Oklahoma City, Okla. … Parents are Iubile and Charla Dye-Kanahele… Has a brother named Jonathan Wong and a sister name Kau’i… Was born with a left club foot. The day after she was born, they started casting it into shape. The cast was changed every two weeks until she was nine months old. At this time it was decided to have reconstructive surgery where they would perform a tenotomy and put pins through the toe and heel to set the heel bone in place. Her toes turn inward, her foot will always be shorter and wider than the other, a small calf muscle, and she has limited flexibility… Has played volleyball since she was 9 years old. At age 10 she started playing for Oklahoma Peak Performance 12s team in 2007, in 2008 the team took 42nd in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships and in 2009 the team took 18th... Has played basketball since age 7... Has also played softball since she was 8; she was a first baseman for Oklahoma Reign who in 2009 took 2nd at the NAFA 12 and under Nationals… Likes to read, listen to music and eat… Her favorite music group is Kings of Leon... She has never let her disability slow her down... At 16, she is the youngest player on the U.S. Women's Sitting Volleyball Team... Says to “work hard, go for your dreams and don’t ever believe anyone that says you can’t do it.”
Updated December 2012
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