Name: Heather Erickson
Sport: Sitting Volleyball
Discipline(s): Sitting Volleyball
Position: Outside Hitter/ OPP
Height: 6-0
Birthplace: Eureka, Calif.
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.
High School: Jack Britt High School (2011)
College: University of Central Oklahoma
Paralympic Experience
  • 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Gold)
  • 2012: London Paralympic Games (Silver)
  • 2008: Paralympic Games in Beijing (Silver)
World Championship Experience
  • 2018: ParaVolley World Championships (Silver)
  • 2014: ParaVolley World Championships (Silver)
  • 2010: WOVD Sitting Volleyball World Championships (Silver)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2019: Parapan American Games (Gold)
  • 2019: USA Exhibitions vs Russia at USA Volleyball Opens
  • 2019: USA Exhibitions vs Canada at Colorado Crossroads
  • 2018: ParaVolley World Championships (Silver)
  • 2018 Dutch Tournament (Gold)
  • 2018: USA Exhibitions vs Canada at USA Volleyball Opens
  • 2018: USA Exhibitions vs Canada and Russia at Colorado Crossroads
  • 2017: World ParaVolley World Super 6 (Silver); Exhibition matches vs Canada
  • 2016: ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup (Gold); Exhibition Tournament vs. Russia; Dutch Exhibition Tournament (First)
  • 2015: Parapan American Games (Gold)
  • 2012: Volleyball Masters (Gold)
  • 2011: Parapan American Zonal Championships (Gold); ECVD Continental Cup (Gold)
  • 2010: Parapan American Championship (Gold); World Organization for Volleyball Disabled (WOVD) World Cup (Gold)
  • 2009: Parapan American Zonal Championship (Gold); Eurocup (Gold)
  • 2008: World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD) Intercontinental Cup (Bronze)
  • 2007: Sitting Volleyball Invitational (Silver)
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  • MOST NOTABLE
  • Named MVP and Best Spiker at 2019 Parapan American Games
  • Named 2018 USA Volleyball Female Sitting Player of the Year
  • Named MVP and Best Spiker of the 2017 World ParaVolley World Super 6 Tournament
  • Named the "MVP" and "Best Receiver" of the 2016 Paralympic Games
  • A finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation's "Sportswoman of the Year" award in 2016 and 2017
  • Nominated for a 2016 ESPY for "Best Female Athlete with a Disability"
  • Member of the U.S. Women's Sitting Team that was named "Best Paralympic Team" at the 2016 Team USA Awards
  • Named MVP and "Best Spiker" of the 2016 World ParaVolley Intercontinental Cup
  • U.S. Women's Sitting Player of the Year in 2013, '16 and '18
  • Named best server at the 2011 Parapan American Zonal Championships
  • Named "Best Blocker" at the 2008 Intercontinental Cup
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  • DID YOU KNOW?
  • She is a below-the-knee amputee, right leg. She was born with a bone that prevented her leg from being fully developed. After 18 failed surgeries, her parents opted for amputation when she was 9.
  • Joined the U.S. Women's Sitting Team in 2007 when she was 14 and "didn't speak for the first three years"
Personal: Parents are Kevin and Brenda Erickson; Heather has a sister named Stephanie ... Role model is her sister Stephanie, "she helps me with everything, including volleyball skills and life issues." ... In her free time, likes coaching, reading, playing volleyball, watching movies, and playing video games.