Feb 08, 2013
Which is why, in large part, Ms. Currie has decided to become a member of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds women’s basketball team.
The Collingwood, ON., native could have stayed home and played basketball, but she opted to suit up for the Barrie Royals Junior Elite in Ontario to face stiffer competition, elevating her skill level both physically and mentally.
It was a rewarding decision, one that caught the eye of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) coaches including UNB head coach, Jeff Speedy.
“I come from a pretty small town and played high school basketball and other sports, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone in Collingwood and play with Barrie,” said Currie. “The decision allowed me to play at a higher level of basketball. It gave me the opportunity to better prepare myself for the transformation to the CIS level.”
This is what led Speedy to recruit the all-around athlete, allowing his Varsity Reds to have a guard with size; something that has been lacking from the UNB program.
Although there were a number of potential destinations for Currie, something clicked during her visit to Fredericton.
She has the correct last name to be a stalwart and perhaps will garner local headlines in regards to the Currie Center – or the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER home to V-Red court teams – but it was the overall campus tour that sold her.
“There were a lot of universities out there with programs that interested me, but UNB is such a beautiful campus so it caught my eye instantly,” she said. “I learned about many of UNB’s unique programs and it just felt right. I had the chance to meet coach Speedy and the girls on the team and the feeling of belonging just grew. The chance to become a Varsity Red is exciting. I can’t wait to start my adventure at UNB.”
For that matter, either can Speedy.
“We’ve been trying to find a guard with size for the past couple of years and the fact she can play point guard or become a shooting guard and play them both equally well, is an exciting step for our program,” said Speedy. “Hannah is a strong student and very mature. We love it at UNB when we can land a recruit who is not only a good basketball player, but also a quality individual. Hannah definitely qualifies on those counts.”
Currie understands her decision was not an easy one, but she’s proven more than once that life is an adventure. She could have stayed close to home, but moving to UNB just seemed like the right flight pattern.
“This next step in my life is going to be the most exciting step yet,” she said. “The move out East to Fredericton is exciting and actually a bit overwhelming. However, I just couldn’t see myself going to any other school than the University of New Brunswick and becoming a Varsity Red.”