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This article is brought to you by Allan Bush at CIBC Wood Gundy Waterloo

The Tri-County Thunder Alumni, Courtney Wright, completed her Senior year at the University of Vermont as a successful student-athlete with a major in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in coaching.

Courtney overcame a series of serious injuries early in her basketball career at Vermont and proved resilient through coaching during coaching inconsistency. In spite of her challenges, she made the America East honour roll every semester and the Dean’s List the fall semester of her Junior year. She also graduated with a distinguished 3.57 GPA.

Some of her University highlights include recording her first career double-double in her Senior year, having the opportunity to learn outside confines of a classroom, interning for a year at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the beautiful summers in Burlington, Vermont, on the lake and in the mountains.

For our emerging Thunder athletes considering post-secondary play, Courtney says,

Competing at the post-secondary level will be one of the most challenging yet rewarding things you can do. It isn’t easy but it’s worth it. If you love the game enough don’t pass up the opportunity to play as long as you possibly can.

If basketball and academics were not enough, Courtney also had the opportunity to join and compete with the UVM track team the spring of her senior year.

My experience at university was a roller coaster of both good and bad but I leave very grateful for my experience across all realms, including, social, academic, and athletic.

From here, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Child and Family Policy.

When asked what she has learned from her basketball career and plans to take forward, Courtney says,

I’ve learned that I’ll forget the wins and losses but I won’t forget all my teammates that I got to share the court with. The best part of college basketball is the bonds formed with the people around you.

On behalf of former coach Allan Bush at CIBC Waterloo, the Tri-County Thunder basketball program is very proud of Courtney’s post secondary accomplishments and look forward to seeing her continue to thrive in her next chapter.