Playing with Team Canada and placing 2nd in the 2017 U16 FIBA Americas tournament has been the highlight of my basketball journey so far. The experience is especially memorable because of how I got there. I started playing basketball in middle school, later than a lot of my peers, and my skill level was behind the best players in my peer group. That meant I had to work extremely hard to close the gap and being selected to join Team Canada validated my effort. It also showed me that, with great coaching and even more dedication, I can compete in my sport at any level.
I've had to balance basketball and academics with the rest of my life and it has taught me the importance of responsibility, leadership and perseverance. You can count on me to show up, stand up and see things through. I understand that playing basketball at a high level is a privilege and, with passion and a willingness to learn, I strive to make the best of every opportunity. I don't just want to excel at basketball, I want to excel academically and make a positive contribution to society. This year, my goal is to help my high school team win the leagues we play in, to be defensive player of the year and also be named one of the league's all star players.