The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s soccer team has added an intelligent, athletic presence for the 2020-2021 Canada West year, officially announcing Cara Brawdy as the first member of the recruiting class for next season.
“It’s really exciting for me. It’s been a long time coming and I feel like it’s a really good fit. Neil is a really good coach, and what I have already learned from him has helped me so much. I can’t wait to see how far it can go.”
Brawdy, a native of Smithers, attended an ID Camp on UNBC campus in August, where she trained under Timberwolves coach Neil Sedgwick, and alongside many current and prospective varsity athletes.
“I really liked the level of play and the commitment and energy that went into it all. Having people who wanted to play as hard and as much as I did was really cool. He really cared about making each player better individually, so the whole team could come together. He wasn’t so worried about winning this game or that game. It was about getting better as a team and as a whole.”
An athletic midfielder, Brawdy has a desire to improve every time she steps on the pitch, A product of the Bulkley Valley Soccer Society in Smithers, she looks forward to playing at the highest level of university sport in the country.
“I love to play the game. I think it brings people together. It is a sport that everyone can have a part in, being able to work hard on and off the pitch, and really contribute to the team atmosphere.”
Sedgwick liked what he saw from the Smithers Secondary product, who is set to graduate in June. He believes the 17-year-old has the physical and mental approach to become an impact player for the Timberwolves for years to come.
“I am extremely excited to have Cara join the program in 2020. She is a strong athlete who is committed to her personal development. From our interactions in Prospects Camps I have seen her take the messaging and show immediate growth. I am looking forward to the years ahead.”
Standing five-foot-six, with good mobility and ball skills, Brawdy projects well for UNBC. She knows the step up to the Canada West level is a big one, but she says that challenge has been a lifelong dream.
“I bring a lot of hard work. I haven’t come from much, but I think it’s going to be really good. With the coaching, I am going to be able to improve a lot, and that is my goal.”
The honour roll student will join her new teammates in the summer, after she graduates from Smithers Secondary. She plans on pursuing Human Resource Management at UNBC, and will be keeping her eye on her new team as the Canada West season moves along.
“They have progressed a lot, which is another reason I chose to come here. It shows how much they can improve in a short time, and I want to be a part of that.”