EVERYTHING NEGATIVE – IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RISE.
After receiving her first pair of basketball shoes before the age of 1, it was inevitable that Harleen Dulay (then known as Harleen Sidhu) would pursue the game of basketball at a young age. Harleen began playing competitively in Grade 4 with the Grade 8 team at her school. She made her first U-15 Provincial Team in 2003 as a 12-year old and continued representing British Columbia on the U-15 and U-17 teams for the next 4 years. She played in various high-level USA tournaments, the Western Canada Summer Games and the Canadian National tournament. Harleen has obtained numerous 1st and 2nd Team All-Stars, Defensive MVP’s, and MVP’s throughout her elementary, high school and university career.
After high school, Harleen traveled down south to the mid-west after receiving a full-ride scholarship to play NCAA Div. 1 basketball at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was a part of a team in her second year that went 29-0 in the regular season, won a BIG 12 championship and made it to the Sweet-Sixteen of the NCAA tournament. After playing 3 years at Nebraska, she decided to return home and play at the University of British Columbia. She played two years with the T-Birds, where she accumulated two Canada West 2nd Team All-Stars, one Canada West Conference title, and one Bronze medal at Nationals.
Although there were opportunities for Harleen to play professionally, she decided to stay home and fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. She is currently a registered nurse at BC Children’s Hospital. Harleen finds joy in helping young individuals fulfill their own dreams and work towards reaching their goals, both on and off the court. She wants to inspire the next generation of athletes to be the best versions of themselves, and work to become the complete athlete!
Manny started off by playing in the YMCA league when he was in Grade 3, and has never looked back. He went on to play at Tamanawis Secondary, where he received numerous All-Stars and MVP’s, and helped the school reach new heights. After his Grade 12 season, he decided to stay and play in the CIS (now known as USports), receiving a full-ride scholarship from the University of the Fraser Valley.
During his 5 year career at UFV, Manny went to 3 straight Canada West Final 4's, and received a Canada West 2nd-team All-star award in his 5th year. He finished his career with 242 regular season 3’s, which at that time put him at 3rd All-time in Canada West history (he currently sits at 4th). In his last season at UFV, he finished 1st in all of Canada in 3’s made (shot 43% from 3), 5th in assists and 9th in steals. His total of 78 3s in 20 games is the 3rd highest single-season total in conference history. During his playing career, Manny would coach and train younger players whenever he had the chance. He was always focused on playing, but the time he spent coaching kids really helped him understand how passionate he was in seeing young players grow into well-rounded individuals.
After a heart-breaking playoff loss in his final season, Manny had to decide what he wanted to do next. There were a couple of Professional offers on the table, but no offer interested him as much as coaching and training. He decided to hang up the shoes, and start XV Training Academy with Harleen Dulay. Their goal is to use their basketball knowledge and experience, to influence up and coming basketball players.