Nova Scotia Woman Named to All-Star Team

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Kerri Smit, 22, has been named to the All Canadian First Team in Women’s University Volleyball.

Kerri Smit

Photo by Nick Pierce

Smit has played with the St. Mary’s Huskies from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the last five years. She has won numerous awards for her hard work, including this year’s Atlantic University Sport First Team All Star, and Most Valuable Player. This year marked the third time she achieved Most Valuable Player.

Smit’s tenure with the Huskies has given her unique experiences, such as playing in the Universiade Games in Belgrade in 2009 and training with coaches from Japan. “I always want to be my best at what I do, “she said.

Adversity hasn’t stopped her. In 2010, Smit lost her mother to cancer, and prior to that she was involved in her mother’s care. During that time, she only missed one tournament, and two days after her mother’s funeral was named the top player of a game. Despite her grief, Smit is motivated to work harder to “play for Mom.”

The most humbling part, said Smit, is that “. . . young girls look up to me so much, and they tell me that I am their role model. It’s amazing.”

Volleyball has been Smit’s passion since she was in high school. Though her university career is over, her dream of going higher in the sport may indeed come true. She has been invited to play beach volleyball with Team Canada and hopes to compete in the Summer Olympics of 2016.

Smit is a member of Faith Community Christian Reformed Church in Milford, Nova Scotia.

About the Author

Brenda Visser is the Banner's regional news correspondent for classis Eastern Canada.

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Excellent,way to go kerri. Congratulations young Lady.

Am I not only proud to say that you are related to me( your grandparents are my dads aunt and uncle) but I'm glad that things do come true in real life and not only in fairy tales and good things come after bad things... Well I'm just really happy for you and congratulations

Hey Kerri!

Nice article in the Banner regarding your amazing talents in volley ball. I hope beach volleyball with Team Canada goes well and I will be cheering you on. When you make it to the summer Olympics, Calvin and I will be rooting for you big time!

Take care,
Calivn and Mary Wyga :-)