Isfeld Ice basketball player Danielle Vanbergen has chosen to play for University of the Fraser Valley Cascades next year.
UFV is currently ranked seventh at the national level and first at the provincial level in the CIS circuit. It didn’t come as a surprise to the Isfeld coaching staff that several colleges and universities were interested to have Vanbergen play for them.
She is a physically strong young woman whose solid play on the court goes noted by the opposition – from the first tip, they know they’ll be in for a battle. “Inch for inch you won’t find a player who wants the ball more than Danielle,” said her senior girls coach Jouska Lockquell.
“She is extremely coachable, smart, focused, listens well, and commits herself 100 per cent on and off court. She is a good teammate, eager to practise, play and constantly strives to improve her game,” Lockquell said.
“Danielle is a calm, confident and intense player. As a person, Danielle is the best basketball ambassador and role model you can have.
“On the court, Dan is her team’s intensity spark. She constantly works hard for the team’s success, making sure nobody is left behind (on court and off court), making sure that everyone is improving and working toward the same goal.”
Off the court, Vanbergen is fully immersed in the basketball community; she is a Steve Nash Group leader coach, Grade 8 school coach and Mac Bros Summer Camp coach. She believes that there is always a kid somewhere that needs just a little bit of support to help him/her realize that basketball is the best sport ever.
“She is so passionate about the sport that leadership comes naturally to her,” Lockquell adds. You can see Danielle in action with her team at the Island championships hosted by Mark R. Isfeld on Feb. 20-22. (https://sites.google.com/site/2014srgirlsaabbislands/).
– Isfeld Ice