Jordan Anstice has basketball in her blood.
The 20-year-old Concordia University College of Alberta sophomore was raised with an orange ball in her hands. Both her mother Darlene and father Brian have played basketball all their lives and they passed that passion on to their daughter.
“All my family members have played it or do play it,” said the third year Bachelor of Arts student. “It’s very much in our household.”
The devotion to the game has paid off in spades, most recently Anstice was named to the 2010 CCAA Women’s Basketball All Canadian team. Each award recipient is selected by their individual conference based on his/her performance and contribution to both their sport and their team.
For Anstice, the award ceremony at the University of British Columbia Okanagan was bitter sweet. Her mother and best friend joined her at the ceremony, but something was missing.
“Being there without my teammates wasn’t that fun,” said the Concordia Thunder co-captain. “But being there and being honoured was awesome.”
In her three years with the Thunder, Anstice and her teammates have enjoyed some success. They won provincials in her first season and went to nationals. This year they won bronze in provincials, which Anstice said was a good accomplishment, but she and her teammates expected better.
“It was a good experience (winning provincials) just to see what it takes to get there; the hard work that it takes. As a rookie, that was pretty sweet to experience that my first year,” Anstice said. “We were a little disappointed with bronze (this year), even though that is a good accomplishment, we really thought we were going to nationals.”
Anstice has one more year to achieve that goal with the Thunder, and she said she’s at the right school to do it.
“We have a lot of success in athletics at Concordia. Our soccer team actually won nationals this year,” she said.
“We’re a small school, but the people that go there are very hard working, we all have a hard-working background, and I think that’s why we’re so successful.”