Born on May 6, 1988 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada, Miranda grew up in London, Ontario.
She is the daughter of Sandy and Gus Ayim and younger sister to Kyler. From an early age, Kyler and Miranda developed a passion for all things athletic. Athletics runs in the family–her dad being a former college basketball player and her mom a basketball coach at a local elementary school and a former high school track star.
Miranda attended Saunders Secondary School in London, where she played both volleyball and basketball. From grades 10 to 12, she played AAU basketball with the Ingersoll X-Plosion. Throughout high school, she also played with the U17, U19 and U21 Canadian national teams, traveling to various countries during the summer months. She graduated as valedictorian and accepted a scholarship to Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
She had a successful four-year career at Pepperdine under the coaching of Julie Rousseau. She was the first Pepperdine player to be a three-time WCC All-First-Team selection and a three-time WCC All-Academic selection. She set the school career record for blocked shots with 182. In her senior year, she was chosen as the Division 1 AAA women’s basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Miranda graduated magna cum laude in 2010 with a degree in Public Relations, a concentration in Psychology, and a 3.71 GPA.
On a personal note…
Miranda likes warm climates with no humidity and cities with plenty of nature around. She enjoys a good glass of wine amongst friends and listening to well-written music of any genre.
In her free time, she likes to meet up with old friends that she hasn’t seen in a while. She also likes making new friends–anyone from the local grocer to a friendly looking person at the stoplight.
She loves to read about a wide variety of topics: philosophy, sociology, psychology, and the occasional inspirational “self-help” book. She is a travel enthusiast, cute-restaurant explorer and shower singer extraordinaire.
Miranda resides in France for most of the year having slow conversations in French in a dubiously pronounced, yet charmingly accented style.