Local high school graduate set to debut with Dinos basketball
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a local Chestermere graduate will be playing basketball in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) next season given her family history.
Aimee Wilson, 18, will be upholding a lengthy family tradition when she makes her debut as a rookie with the University of Calgary Dinos basketball team in September. Her father, Rob, played for the University of Lethbridge and her mother, Annette, played for the University of Alberta. Her brother, Kyle, currently plays for Mount Royal University.
“I’ve been playing basketball my entire life,” Wilson said.
It’s safe to say having three CIS athletes in the family was a large part of the 6’2” Wilson’s influence as she began her basketball career playing minor ball in Calgary. She began her high school career at Chestermere High School with the Lakers before transferring to Western Canada High School for Grades 10 and 11.
She won two consecutive 4A Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA) provincial basketball titles with Western Canada and transferred back to Chestermere for her senior year and final season of basketball. The Lakers won the South Central Zone title earlier this year.
“That was unexpected and something that hasn’t happened for a while for the Lakers,” Wilson said. “I think (my final season) helped me grow as a person. I was dealing with a bit of adversity being injured during the last leg of the season, but I pushed through it and finished the season on a positive note.”
She played on Team Alberta for three years between the ages of 15 and 17 and was named to the all-star team at the U16 nationals. Two years ago, she joined the U16 Cadette National Team and played in the 2011 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Americas U16 Championship tournament.
The tournament was held in Mexico and pitted Canada against teams from Central America and the United States.
“It was very exciting and an honour to play with girls of such a high calibre and to be coached by the best coaches in the country,” Wilson said.
She signed her letter of intent in January for a five-year scholarship, which gave her peace of mind as she finished out her high school career .
“I found it more pressure before I signed the letter,” she said. “I had no idea what I wanted to do, so (when I signed) I was sure of where I was going so it was pretty easy to focus on my school sports.”
Wilson said the draw to Calgary for her was head coach Damian Jennings, who made his debut as coach last season and she added that his personable nature is what she believes is going to make her a better player.
“The most exciting thing is getting to follow in my family’s footsteps,” Wilson said. “We’ve played in all four of the universities in Alberta and I’m excited to grow as a player and as a person. I’m hoping to bring some fresh energy, push my teammates and they push me so we can become better as a whole.”