Hoop dreams unfolding for Clarington teen
Summer of basketball to include trips to Chicago, Orlando for Kylee O’Hara
CLARINGTON — This summer is shaping up to be a busy one for Clarington’s Kylee O’Hara, 13, who’ll be on the court not only with her provincial squad, but also with her club team, the Toronto Lady Blues. She’ll be competing in tournaments in Chicago, Montreal, Edmonton and Orlando this summer. May 26, 2014
Clarington This Week
By Al Rivett
CLARINGTON — Playing in the WNBA alongside her idol Brittany Griner or perhaps winning a gold medal for Canada with the national senior women’s basketball team are all hoop dreams a Clarington teen hopes are in her future.
And, with a summer full of basketball taking her to all corners of the continent, Clarington’s Kylee O’Hara is already making strides toward reaching the highest levels of women’s basketball.
The 13-year-old Grade 8 student at Holy Family school in Bowmanville will accompany her Ontario U15 girls’ basketball team to tournaments in Montreal, Chicago, Edmonton as well as a series of training camps throughout the province this summer. She’ll also join her club team — the Toronto Lady Blues U14s — to the Youth Basketball of America national championships in Orlando, Florida June 29 to July 5. It’s the first time a Canadian team qualified for the U.S. event.
“I’m really excited,” said Kylee, who helped her club team earn a silver medal at the Division 1 provincials earlier this year. “We haven’t started yet, but I’m getting really excited to get into it, basically.”
Basketball has been almost a daily preoccupation and passion for Kylee since getting into the game at age 10. Her mother, Kim, placed her into the Basketball Basics program in Ajax at that time to help her learn the fundamentals.
And, it was her sound fundamental skills that paved the way for her current success on the provincial team and with the Scarborough-based Lady Blues, which includes a number of Durham Region players. And, when you’re already six feet tall with a wingspan (basketball term for finger-tip to finger-tip measurement with arms stretched out) of 76 inches, she’s been a force on the basketball court.