Clayton Heights Secondary student Maddy Power will be playing volleyball at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in the fall.
“It allows me to stay close to home and play university volleyball,” said Power. “The academic reputation of SFU made it a perfect choice to continue my education and the idea of playing in the NCAA versus the CIS for the experience and travel opportunities made it a perfect fit for me.”
She has also been award the Gordon M. Shrum entrance scholarship at SFU.
The 6’1” middle was on the Fraser Valley Blitz, a team which won the provincial championship and placed third at the nationals in the under-18 category.
She has also represented B.C. at the under-16 level, and has participated in the BC Summer Games in both the beach and indoor categories.
“Maddy comes to us from a winning club program,” said SFU head coach Gina Schmidt. “She is a great student and a great teammate.”
Power, a Cloverdale resident, has played on the Clayton Heights Night Riders senior girls team since 2010, and in her Grade 10 year helped the team win a bronze medal at the B.C. high school championships, the first-ever provincial medal by a Clayton Heights volleyball team.
The team won another bronze in 2011, a year before Power became captain of the team in her Grade 12 year.
Power has a 4.0 GPA (grade point average) and won the Junior Night Rider Award in Grade 10, presented to the student for overall excellence in academics, athletics and service.
In 2012, Power spent her spring break in Paraguay with “Athletes in Action,” where she spent two weeks working in nutrition centres, spending time helping children and training with the local volleyball program.