The City of Burnaby is proud to support Burnaby’s own Felicia Voss-Shafiq and the rest of Team Canada as they prepare to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which runs August 24 to September 5.
Voss-Shafiq plays the position of attacker for the Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team. In February 2020, she helped Canada secure a spot for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo when her team won gold at the World ParaVolley final Paralympic qualification tournament in Halifax.
“Congratulations to Felicia and the rest of her teammates on reaching the Paralympic stage,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “The entire Burnaby community is behind you. Best of luck to all of Team Canada – we’ll be watching and cheering loudly from back home!”
Born in Fiji, Voss-Shafiq moved to California with her mother at age 12. At 20, the pair made the decision to move to B.C., where Voss-Shafiq first picked up the sport of volleyball. In 2011, a bout with pneumonia resulted in blood poisoning, which left Voss-Shafiq in a coma. She gradually recovered the use of her arms, but did not regain the use of her legs. For three and a half years, Voss-Shafiq focused on her recovery and rehabilitation. But when she got word that the Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team was looking for recruits, she decided she was ready to make her return to the court.
Her impact was immediate. A year after being recruited, she helped Team Canada win bronze at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, which qualified the team for the 2016 Paralympic Games — the first time a Canadian sitting volleyball team ever qualified for the Paralympic Games.