B-ball talent runs in family for Posthumus

Marc Zienkiewicz
Christina Posthumus will head to the national basketball finals in August.

Christina Posthumus will head to the national basketball finals in August.

East St. Paul's Christina Posthumus is getting noticed, both on and off the basketball court.

Posthumus, 17, will head to Fredericton, New Brunswick next month to take part in the 2012 Canadian National Basketball Championships. The Grade 11 student is a member of the 17-and-under Female Provincial Basketball Team, the only girl in from the River East-Transcona School Division to be a member of the team.

"She's a great athlete," says coach Don Thomson. "She made some tremendous strides over the past couple months."

Christina's sporting career has been impressive, to say the least. The six-foot-one Christina has been shooting hoops since she was four and has been a part of the provincial team for the past four years, achieving KPAC All-Star status the last two years and MVP status when she played basketball for the provincial midget team.

Her school, Kildonan East Collegiate, has honoured her with an Athlete of the Year designation.

But it's not just sports she excels at. With plans to become a dentist, Christina has attained a 97 average in her school's Advanced Placement program.

"I just love the sport," Christina says.

Being a member of the provincial team has been a grueling training experience, with team members having to attend a whopping 10 practices per week.

"It really teaches you what it takes to succeed in the sport and in life in general," she says.

Talent runs in the family - Christina's mother also excelled at sports, playing basketball for the University of Winnipeg team and in 1986 joining the Senior Women's team when they were inducted into the Basketball Manitoba Hall of Fame.

Brother Chad is recognized as one of the top five high school basketball players in Canada as a senior after averaging 39 points, 25 rebounds and seven blocked shots. He once scored 69 points in a high school basketball game. He's also an Academic All-American and Dean's List member.

The 2012 National Championships in New Brunswick are set to be another first-class competitive event, showcasing Canada's top up and coming basketball talent. The provincial and territorial sport organizations will send their best boys and girls in the 15 and under and 17 and under age group categories.

They take place Aug. 5-12.

"With her athleticism, Christina will continue to grow in her individual and team skills," Thomson adds.

Coming from him, that's some major praise. Thomson has coached countless players over the years, including a Canada Games team in 2001.

"She's extremely coachable and just always gives it her all and takes it to the next level."

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