Brandon’s Sarah Barclay is taking her talents to Thunder Bay, Ont.
The 18-year-old Crocus Plains varsity girls high school basketball standout has signed a letter of intent to play for the Lakehead University Thunderwolves in Canadian Interuniversity Sport this fall.
"I’m really excited to play because I’m not ready to give up the sport," Barclay said. "I’m looking forward to seeing what places the sport can take me, and the new experiences that come along with that."
The decision to play for the Thunderwolves was an easy one for Barclay, giving her the opportunity to blend two of her passions — basketball and civil engineering.
"I like the school and it seems like the right choice and a good choice to continue with basketball as well as my career goal in engineering and architecture," she said.
Barclay also received some insider information from her family, as two of her cousins have attended Lakehead and live less than two hours away from the campus.
"It’s away from home, but still around people I will know," said Barclay, whose older sister Lisa is a star at UBC and a member of Canada’s senior women’s volleyball team. "I always like new experiences and what they have to offer and this felt like the right fit."
The 6-foot-3 post player will be a walk-on in her first year at Lakehead, which finished 10-12 in the Ontario University Athletic Association’s West Division last year.
A key player in the key for Crocus, Barclay isn’t afraid to go to the tough areas of the court to score and rebound, but also understands the importance of getting back on defence and keeping the other team’s best players off the board.
"The paint is right where the heart of the game happens," Barclay said. "I take a lot of pride in my defence and it’s an important aspect of the game to be able to stop other players."
Her work away from the court has also paid big dividends as she was awarded a $2,500 annual academic scholarship for four years at Lakehead and will be eligible for future athletic scholarship support as well.