Name: Monique Burkland
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Discipline(s): Sitting Volleyball
Position: Middle
Height: 6-0
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
  • 2017: World ParaVolley World Super 6 (Silver); exhibition matches vs. Canada
  • 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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  • Named Best Server at the 2017 World ParaVolley World Super 6
  • 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: Full names ia Monique Marie Burkland ...Grandfather’s name is Ray Bachmeier and grandmother is Bev Bachmeier ...Has an older brother named Josh (born in 1987) and a younger brother named Cody (born in 2000) ...Attended Plainview High School in Ardmore, Okla., from 2004-08 where she was an all-state softball player. She also participated in track and basketball ...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.