She has come such a long way in almost 3 short years. From being on the sidelines to returning to the court Abby Dunkin has the talent and determination to now go even further.
After having to walk away from being a starter for the girls` Varsity Basketball team at San Antonio Canyon, she found a new sport: Wheelchair Basketball. She was invited to try out for the San Antonio ParaSport Spurs. The journey began for Dunkin.
While playing for San Antonio at a tournament in San Marcos, she met UTA Lady Mavs team captain Morgan Wood, and Dunkin made the trip to visit the school. She met the coaches, and knew her future was in Arlington. The next time she came to UTA for tournament she was given her letter of intent.
The 2014-15 UTA roster was filled with USA national players, and future national team players. Dunkin said she was honored to be amongst such talent, and it was the motivation she needed. Dunkin made an immediate impact as one of the starters for the Lady Mavs. She was also a leading scorer that year.
In October of 2014 Dunkin received an email from team USA coach Stephanie Wheeler encouraging the San Antonio native to try out for team USA. “I did not think that I would be invited that soon after playing Wheelchair Ball for only 2 years”, stated Dunkin. She made the cut through each round of tryouts. Summer 2015 saw the 18 player roster cut to 12 for the upcoming ParaPanAm Games in Toronto. Dunkin was chosen as one of the 12 players.
Dunkin has an extended family that lives outside Toronto, and they were amazed to see their star athlete playing at historic Maple Leaf Gardens in the heart of Toronto for team USA. “I had not seen my aunt since I was 3, and I met my cousins that I had never met before”, remembers Dunkin. She won the gold medal with her team, and with it countless memories.
In her words Abby Dunkin sums up her journey “It’s been a blessing, and it’s been great ride so far.” She is an amazing, gifted athlete that will never stop dreaming.