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Mount student makes childhood dream a reality

Mount Saint Vincent University has been part of Katherine Brien’s life since before she enroled at the school. Having four older siblings attend the University, three of them Mystics basketball players, and having been to basketball camps at the Mount as a child Brien was destined to become a Mount Mystics all-star. 

“My brothers raved about the Mount and always suggested I apply,” says Brien. “I’d watch their basketball games growing up and would picture myself playing for the Mystics.”

Now in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program at the Mount, Brien has been enjoying lots of success on the women’s varsity basketball team. Her skill and team oriented attitude on the court earned her Mystics MVP in 2008. She has also been gaining regional and national recognition over the years.

In 2007, Brien was awarded First Team All Conference by the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association (ACAA). She received the same title in 2008 as well as MVP of the ACAA, Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Canadian and Second Team All-Tournament at the national tournament. It’s determined players like Brien that helped lead the Mystics to the CCAA National Basketball Championships in 2008 where they captured the silver medal.

“After the championship game it didn’t feel like winning a silver medal, it felt more like losing the gold medal,” explains Brien. “There were so many things running through my head at the time that I couldn’t really comprehend the accomplishment we made. Now I have a great feeling of pride every time I step onto the basketball court in the Mystics jersey and see the CCAA banner on the wall. It gives me incentive to work harder every day.”

Brien plays a leadership role on this year’s team and is training hard with the other women to make this year their third consecutive undefeated ACAA season. The Mystics are eager to have a second shot at nationals and plan on winning gold. “We have the talent and ability to get back to that final game,” states Brien. “We just need to work together and work harder than anyone else in the country.”

It’s Brien’s dream to see a CCAA National Championship banner placed on the wall in the Mount gymnasium before she graduates in fall 2009. But that’s not the only challenge Brien hopes to overcome. Upon graduating, she hopes to travel the world and make a name for herself internationally.           

“With a good education and good social skills from playing basketball for so many years I have the confidence to pack up and go somewhere new,” explains Brien. “It was great being here where everyone knows me and my family, but I want to see other parts of the world and find out where I’d like to settle down.”