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All Star Award Recipient Signs with Seawolves Basketball

Author: S. Guimond

Posted on Feb 18, 2021

Category: Basketball , ACAA , Varsity Sports


Ava Smith has signed with the UNB Saint John Women’s basketball team and she is coming in with some great experience on and off the court! She has been heavily involved in basketball for years and was also a member of her student council and grad class executive at St. Malachy’s Memorial High School. Throughout her academic and athletic career, she has won several awards in addition to being recognized for her quality leadership skills. In grade 10 she moved up to the varsity basketball team thanks to her skill development from playing U16 with Basketball New Brunswick. Ava has received all star awards in addition to recently receiving the James Somerville Scholarship.

“Playing basketball enables me to create lasting friendships with my teammates that allows us to thrive on the court.”

For Ava, staying active is crucial for her mental health and she has learned some valuable life lessons throughout playing the sport she loves. She will carry these lessons with her during her time at UNB Saint John. Ava will be taking the Bachelor of Science program; her career aspiration is to go into the field of Dentistry. She looks forward to attending a university in her hometown and considers the close to home campus a big factor in her choice of post-secondary education.

“Throughout the coming season I want to grow as an athlete and a person while utilizing my skills on and off the court”.

Kevin Munroe, Seawolves Head Coach, was able to get out to watch Ava play during her high school career and he says she came highly recommended as a high achieving student.

“Ava brings some grit and intensity to the floor every time. She plays hard on both ends of the court and is an outstanding rebounder.”

Coach Munroe mentions that Ava does not have to be told to get back and play defense, she just naturally puts her head down, sprints to the other end and prepares to protect her basket. He feels that Ava will help the team achieve their academic and athletic goals. She brings a strong work ethic to the classroom and to the court. In addition, she will be bringing some much-needed size to the team and will provide a lot of toughness inside on both ends of the court.

Ava’s biggest role models are her parents, they have taught her that a positive mindset is key and how that mindset can impact experiences and outcomes in life. She knows that hard work never goes unnoticed and she is ready for her new journey here as part of the Seawolves.

Welcome to the Seawolves Family Ava!