Ranked the #1 Basketball Player in North, South and Central America and #7 Player in the world for FIBA 3 on 3, Michael Linklater has taken basketball to new heights.
Michael has spoken to audiences for over 16 years, and this powerhouse player can engage and motivate any audience of any age, to go beyond.
Having come from humble beginnings, Michael knows the ‘Power of the Mind’.
Michael grew up in a community surrounded by substance abuse, yet he has been committed to abstaining from drugs and alcohol his whole life. Michael also knows how to ‘Empower Youth’ and encourage them to choose to ‘Live Substance Free.’
As team captain, Michael led the U of S Huskie Men’s basketball team to its first and only CanWest Conference championship and CIS National Championship in 2010. After that season he played professionally in the International Basketball League.
Michael grew up in the inner city of Saskatoon and understands the importance of giving back. He has passionately shared his motivational story to thousands of youth and adults across Saskatchewan for the past sixteen years. He is the founder of Prime Basketball Development, sharing his wealth of knowledge with youth interested in advancing their abilities on the court. Michael is currently the recreation coordinator at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge, working with inner city youth from the community he grew up in. Michael is proud father who models a healthy life style to his children and countless youth, by remaining drug and alcohol free.
Michael has recently competed for team Saskatoon in the Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball/ International Basketball Federation (FIBA) 3X3 World Tour, where he helped lead the team to win the America’s Qualifier. His team advanced to the World Tour Finals in Sendai, Japan. There, they represented Canada and placed 2nd in the world respectively. The Team was then invited as one of only 6 teams in the world to compete in the FIBA World All Star Tournament held in Doha, Qatar.