Taya Vissia is in her 1st year at Okanagan College, following in a similar academic and athletic path as her brother! While she splits her time between the Kelowna and Penticton campus for her Human Kinetics degree, she still makes every basketball practice. From Keremeos, she’s been playing basketball since grade 6. Although it wasn’t her preference of sport until grade 9, she was always playing basketball with her brothers. Soccer actually came more naturally but it was the challenge basketball presented that drove the passion for it.
Her passion for basketball turned into heartbreak when Taya had to go through ACL surgery in February 2018, missing her grade 12 year of basketball. Knowing that the tough decision would be a struggle, Taya decided it would make her stronger in the long run and benefit her future. After consultation with her family and doctors, she decided surgery was the right choice but ensured she would go into the surgery in the best physical condition possible. However, surgery did not diminish her spirits as the down time allowed her to start studying UConn (11-time National Champions) game film for strategy and mentality.
You will find Taya back on the court come November following in her family’s footsteps. She attributes her drive to compete and come back to the sport by the motivation instilled by her brothers and the influence of Peter Warrdenburg, her coach for 5 years growing up.
Look for Taya around the Kelowna and Penticton campus or share in the Topics discussion your story about coming back from injury and how you powered through adversity!