One of the top players in BC high school girls basketball will be taking her talents out east come next season. Ayden Kristmanson, standout for the Whistler Storm will be joining the Ryerson Rams in the fall of 2019.
“I chose to commit to Ryerson because the basketball program at the school is top notch, and I really felt that Carly’s coaching style would be a great fit for me and would always push me to get better” said Kristmanson on her decision to attend Ryerson. “I was really set on finding a team that was like a family and I think the basketball program Carly has built at Ryerson fits that exactly.
I also chose Ryerson because of the Academic programs it had to offer. It has one of the top Architectural Science programs in the country and I am hoping to be accepted to that. I have family and friends in Toronto too so choosing to leave BC wasn’t too hard of a decision. I’m super excited!”
“We are excited to be adding Ayden as a Ram” said her future head coach at Ryerson, Carly Clarke. “Ayden has a tireless work ethic and passion to improve that is a perfect fit for our team culture. Beyond that, she is a driven, well-rounded student-athlete, demonstrating the characteristics we look for in all of our Rams athletes”
Before her transition to college ball however, there is still work to be done at the high school level. They’re currently an honourable mention in the AA rankings, and look poised to make some noise come the provincial tournament in a couple of weeks.
“Ayden looked at schools that specialize in architecture and design while out east this summer and a few schools worked Ayden out and offered her scholarships to come out east” said her dad Alan, who’s also her basketball coach at Whistler Secondary. “Ryerson took over Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and did an amazing upgrade, and along with a great coach in Carly Clarke the new Gardens was the clincher I think.
Ayden has continued to improve every year of her development and I’m confident she’ll continue to do so at Ryerson and become and important part of their team moving forward. They are nationally ranked right now so she’ll need to have a great summer of workouts and improvements and I know she is excited to get at it. She’s been a joy to coach.”
If Whistler makes the provincial tournament, they’ll be playing on Wednesday February 27th at the Langley Events Centre. BC Sports Hub will have all the coverage of the event.
Written by: Nick Bondi