STM's Got Talent Kia Nurse: Student by day, Athlete for Life
By: Alexis Kuskevics
When you look at her family tree, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Kia Nurse, age 16, is a record-breaking athlete who is recognized by basketball coaches and agents across the country. It’s an honor, to say the least, that Nurse attends St. Thomas More C.S.S., representing us with her uncanny abilities that landed her a spot in the basketball U17 World Championship for Women.
A competitive rep player since the young age of seven, Kia has been committed to playing basketball for twelve years of her life. When asked how long she’s been passionate about the sport, Nurse says, “I started playing basketball when I was four years old in house league with Transway” (Hamilton's Transway Basketball Club). Encouraged by her father Richard Nurse, a former Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver, and blessed to come from a continuous bloodline of athletes, Kia has been able to push herself to reach her full potential.
Due to her outstanding skills and agility, Kia was chosen to play on Team Canada after an evaluation in the U17 World Championship for Women this past summer in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, after traveling to Spain to play, the team didn’t make it past the qualification rounds. “We didn’t win anything,” Nurse says with a laugh, “but it was a fun experience.”
The loss in Spain isn’t stopping Kia's determination though and when asked where she sees herself in ten years, Kia was excited to share: “I see myself graduated from university in the States after a scholarship, and playing either in the WNBN or Euro league.” There's no doubt that Kia will be able to accomplish that goal and at the rate she’s succeeding, we'll be sure to see Kia on our television screens someday.
With the ongoing praise and attention that Kia receives for her basketball prowess, STM will always be proud that the talented Kia Nurse attended this amazing high school.