|Full name Kaleo Okalani Kanahele|
|Name Kaleo Kanahele|
Home town Oklahoma City
|Born June 11, 1996 (age 25), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. (1996-06-11) |
Hometown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
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- Early life
Interview with Kaleo Kanahele and Tia Edwards winners 2018 2v2 Sitting Volleyball Championship
Kanahele was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with clubbed left foot. When she turned 9 months old her surgeon performed tenotomy, but it didn't yield anything positive. Since that time her leg was shorter than the other with a small calf muscle that is not very flexible. She started playing basketball at the age of 7 and a year later started softball. In softball, she granted first baseman position for Oklahoma Reign. By age 9 she started playing volleyball and at age 10 played it for Oklahoma Peak Performance. Due to her, the team took 42nd place in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National championships. In 2009, the same team took 18th place. In her spare time Kanahele likes to listen to Kings of Leon music group.
She started competing in sitting volleyball, a sport in the Paralympic Games, in 2010 where she won a gold medal for her participation at Parapan American Championship which was held in Colorado and a silver one for a WOVD Championship. In 2011 and 2012 respectively she won three gold medals at ECVD Continental Cup, Parapan American Zonal Championship, and Volleyball Masters. She also got 2nd silver medal for her participation at 2012 Paralympic Games, her first Paralympic Games, in London.
In June 2014 she competed at the World Championships in Elblag, Poland at which she and Nicky Nieves each scored 7 points in a match against China. The Team USA scored 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 17-15 as overall victory.