Athlete, Basketball player, Olympian
Born: Thomas was born in Santa Monica, California, USA and moved to Windsor when she was 5 years old. Among her accomplishments are:
– 1984: Misty and her team placed fourth at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California.
– 1986: Along with her teammates, Misty captured a Bronze Medal at the World Championships.
– 1987: Misty won a Bronze Medal at the Pan American Games
Misty Thomas is a great contributor to the world of sport through her involvement in basketball, volleyball, badminton and track and field. She was the youngest player on the fourth-place Canadian women’s basketball team in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Thomas is a member of the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame and her jersey hangs from the Thomas & Mack Center’s rafters.
As much as Thomas accomplished on the basketball court, she was equally successful in the classroom. Three times Thomas was named an Academic All-American.
Thomas became an assistant coach with UNLV, and then a head coach at the University of British Columbia. She also started a program called “Night Hoops” in Vancouver that is designed to help high-risk teenagers. Thomas recently teamed up with the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association and competes on the Canadian Wheelchair team. While she is still able to walk, several knee surgeries prevent her from playing stand-up basketball anymore, so she has now moved to play in the wheelchair games.