Biography:

Miranda Ayim has been representing Canada since she was a junior, helping Canada to a silver medal at the 2006 U-19 FIBA World Championship qualifying tournament. During the summer of 2007, she played in both the U-19 and U-21 FIBA World Championships. Ayim was named to the senior national team in 2008 and helped Canada qualify for London 2012, putting the women’s team in the Olympic tournament for the first time since 2000. She made her debut at the FIBA World Championship in 2014, averaging 8.3 points and 5.4 rebounds (team leader) in helping Canada to a fifth place finish, the country’s best result since 1986. Ayim had one of the top careers in Pepperdine University history during her four years there. A three-time All-WCC first team selection and three-time WCC All-Academic selection, Ayim set the school record for blocked shots with 182, including a single season record of 85 in her senior year. In 2009-10 she was chosen as the Division I-AAA women’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

GETTING TO KNOW…

Family: Parents Gus and Sandy Ayim… Older brother Kyler… Getting into the Sport: Has been playing basketball since she could walk… Drawn towards its propensity for intensity and speed as well as the level of athleticism and intelligence required to compete at a high level… Outside Interests: Graduated from Pepperdine University in 2010 (Public Relations and Psychology)… Enjoys reading and, when there is time off in between competitions and training, visiting friends, family and squeezing in a small vacation… Odds and Ends: Favourite Quote: “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Eliot… Nickname: MJ