LHS grad plays on world championship team

Abby Dunn, a 2022 Lassen High School graduate showed she still has that awesome, competitive Grizzly spirit as a member of the United States International Wheelchair Basketball Federation’s Women’s Under-25 team that won the world title in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 9.

2020 Lassen High School graduate Abby Dunn shows off the 2023 U25 Women’s World Championship trophy. Photo submitted

The U.S. team whipped Great Britain 72-49 in the final played at the Bangkok Youth Center to take the world championship for the third time, defending the title they won in 2019. They also won the tournament in 2011. Britain won the title in 2015, the only other year the games have been played.

The U.S. team dumped China 61-19 in the semi-finals and downed Thailand 59-24 in the quarter-finals.

Athletes from 11 countries joined Dunn last month to compete in the at the 2023 International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation competition, where she set a new world Disabled Waterski Seated Ladies Trick record — besting her previous world record in the event.

Abby Dunn, No. 7, and a teammate celebrate their world championship with a chair-up.

Dunn was stricken with acute flaccid myelitis when she was 13 and an eighth grader at Diamond View School. AFM is a relatively newly discovered and rare polio-like disease that affects about one-in-every 2.7 million children.

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