Kristen presently plays on the National team where she has been a part of the program for 7 years. Her passion for sports all started in her hometown of Standard, Alberta with her highly active family where she was involved in as many sports as the local school and community offered. She left Standard School with 3 Provincial Volleyball titles and a couple sportsmanship awards to top it all off. After a successful high school sports experience, Kristen started her volleyball career and joined the Medicine Hat College Rattlers while starting her Kinesiology Degree. In her first year at MHC she received Overall Athlete Rookie of the year award. Adding to her accolades, in her second year Kristen left MHC with an ACAC First team All-star and set the ACAC dig/set record. To finish her Kinesiology degree and enter a more competitive league Kristen joined the Trinity Western University Spartans and once again earned another award as the CIS Libero of the year. In her final year as a Spartan she helped the Spartans win the CanWest Gold Medal and the highest accolade at the university level- a CIS National Gold Medal. She finished off her undergraduate degree earning the Kinesiology Student athlete award. She has now played professionally for three years in Romania, Philippines, and Finland while training with the National team in the summer season.
Sport to me began as a way to have fun, stay active and to play with my friends. Sports enabled me to be surrounded by kids I did not know, work together for common goals, challenge each other, and come out of it as friends. Sport has also given me the chance to travel the world, taught me ways to communicate even with a language barrier and has shown me how to understand, respect, and celebrate other’s differences. No matter where I have gone in the world sport has given me community and safe place to pursue excellence. KidSport for me is a chance to build into the community that helped me pursue my dreams and build friendships. I am so excited to be a part of KidSport to mentor and get involved in the community through sports.