Adele Culverwell Commits To Play Basketball For Wilfrid Laurier University

Adele Culverwell carries the ball

Chatham-Kent basketball player Adele Culverwell will suit up for the Wilfrid Laurier University women’s basketball next season after committing to the school.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Culverwell.

“I know I will have to continue to work hard to get flour time. But I feel proud of the hard work that I’ve put in to allow me to play the sport that I’ve grown to love at post secondary.”

Culverwell, who has played club basketball in Windsor, and with the Chatham-Kent Wildcats in the past, originally wanted to stay closer to home for University, but after doing some research about Laurier’s academic programming, and speaking to the Golden Hawks’ coaching staff, she felt Laurier was the best fit.

“I did some research and talked to some knowledgeable peers to find out that Laurier has a very good law program. Since I would like to go into law I thought I would reach out to them and see what my options could be. The Laurier coach contacted some past coaches of mine and was interested. After talking with the coach and researching their programs I was offered a spot and it felt like a great fit.”

A UCC Lancers student-athlete, Culverwell has, like many, felt the impacts of COVID-19 in restricting her from playing the sports she loves, but she is ding everything she can to stay ready, and prepare.

“It’s been a very tough year not being able to play sports. I’ve been working out and still trying to practice in my driveway and here and there with my Windsor team or the Wildcats in Chatham. It’s been extremely tough mentally and I know every athlete and everyone is facing that right now.”

Despite the struggles, one of Culverwell’s biggest supporters, her dad, had some words of advice of how to get through this time. And as it turned out, it’s lucky for Adele Culverwell that she listened, because the opportunity to play OUA basketball for Wilfrid Laurier popped up when she least expected it.

“There’s a quote that my Dad’s been telling me for years that I truly believe, specifically from my experience this year. The quote is “the moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a Miracle happens.” I was ready to give up not seeing any openings to play post secondary, but I stuck with it and a door to Laurier opened.”

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