Team Alberta Canada Games 2009: Michelle Plouffe

The summer of 2009 has sent Michelle Plouffe on a whirlwind tour of the basketball world.

The summer of 2009 has sent Michelle Plouffe on a whirlwind tour of the basketball world. Michelle spent the early part of the summer training at the National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) at McMaster University in Hamilton, before leaving for Thailand where she helped Team Canada finish 4th at the FIBA U19 World Championships. Now she is off to PEI with Team Alberta for the 2009 Canada Games. As one of the youngest Team Canada athletes, it is her dedication to the game and drive to succeed that has earned her the title of True Sport Athlete for Team Alberta.

Michelle left her home in Edmonton to Go For It and train with Team Canada in order to challenge herself both on and off the court. At the age of 16, she was one of the youngest players on Team Canada at the U19 FIBA World Championships. Asked which player has had an unexpected showing, Team Canada coach Rich Chambers, commented that “I am really proud of the way Michelle Plouffe has shaped-up and delivered in this Championship. She is rather young but has risen to the occasion whenever the situation has demanded”.

Competing at this level does not happen without staying in shape and respecting yourself as an athlete. For Michelle, the need to Stay Healthy is extremely important. Immediately after arriving home from Thailand, she went straight into training with Team Alberta for the upcoming Canada Games. Through her work with her coaches, the Junior National Team and the Alberta Provincial Team, Michelle has learned how to train properly to achieve the best results. She respects herself and stays in shape, a great example of a True Sport Athlete.

The True Sport Movement wishes Michelle the best of success at the 2009 Canada Summer Games, and in the future!