Sports

Kennedy taking game to StFX

By Don Fennell

Published 4:36 PST, Mon January 27, 2020

Last Updated: 4:00 PST, Wed February 12, 2020

Liz Kennedy will continue her basketball career next fall on Canada’s East Coast.

It was an easy choice.

The talented Richmond athlete, who this spring will wind up her high school hoops career with the McMath Wildcats, picked St. Francis Xavier because of all the post-secondaries she considered it reminded her most of home.

“I'm really excited to be headed out east next year,” says Kennedy. “I was super-interested in finding a smaller school and close-knit environment that would, in a way, mimic how I feel about Steveston and the neighbourhood I have grown up in. I was also looking to pair that small school feel with a high level academic program, which is another really exciting aspect of StFX.”

The public liberal arts university in Antigonish, Nova Scotia was also the farthest school from home Kennedy considered.

“I was lucky to have some West Coast schools show interest in having me play for them, however when I went on my visit to StFX I knew it was the right fit for me. It really did check off all the boxes.”

Kennedy says moving across the country is scary for anyone. It's something she would never thought about or considered if not for basketball. 

“There is a girl from Surrey who's in her first year at StFX, and talking to her about the transition has definitely given me more confidence.”

While anxious to continue to build her basketball skills, Kennedy is also looking forward to an authentic university experience complete with living on campus and immersing herself in campus life and academics.

“The business program is pretty big, which was another draw as I have known for a while that I wanted to pursue a degree in that field,” she explains. “I am not entirely sure what I plan to do after getting my degree, but I’m really excited to take these new classes, specifically the courses they offer in sports management.”

But that’s all in the future. For now, Kennedy is focused on helping the Wildcats enjoy as much success as possible.

“‘I’m happy to have made this decision (to attend StFX) before playoffs start so that I can give it all my time and energy to my team,” she says. “We’ve definitely got some big games coming up, and with only about a month left in the season it’s really starting to feel like playoffs are upon us. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish.”

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