On the basketball court, baseball diamond and in the classroom, Elmira native Krista Wiens is excelling in her final semester at Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Sasketchewan.The Elmira District Secondary School graduate followed in her older brother, Travis, and sister, Jennine’s footsteps by attending Briercrest, where she will complete her certificate in biblical studies later this month.
And the school has been a great fit.
“The best thing about playing sports at Briercrest is the Christian teammates and atmosphere,” Wiens told the Observer by e-mail. “We are all working hard to play the best we can but we don’t lose sight of who we are playing for: God. The coolest part is getting to pray with our opponents after each game.
“For both basketball and softball we pray with the opposing team and we have seen some incredible things come out of it. We have received incredible feedback from some players and they have told us how much of an encouragement we are to them especially to the other Christians who are not surrounded by Christian teammates. It is cool knowing that God can use us athletes who are playing the sports we love to shine his light. It is an amazing experience I have had being able to play for two Briercrest sports teams.”
Wiens has played competitive basketball since she was 10 years-old, including stints with the Waterloo Wildhawks, the Kitchener-Waterloo Lightening and the EDSS Lancers.
Originally a point guard, Wiens has switched to shooting guard at Briercrest, where head coach Will Con has praised her ability to drive the ball and support her teammates on and off the court.
A well-rounded athlete, Wiens also plays on the Briercrest softball team, despite having limited experience with the sport before attending college.
“The funny thing is I have never played softball before coming to Briercrest,” she explained. “I didn’t even know I was going to try out for the team until the day before the tryouts. I was at school a week early for the basketball training week and got to know a few of the softball girls then but I didn’t think anything of it. I knew that this was the first year for the softball team here at Briercrest and they didn’t have that many girls on the team so once open tryouts came along I decided to go to tryouts just for fun. I like trying out new sports and softball is definitely a new sport for me. The only reason I even considered trying out for the softball team was because another fellow basketball player was already on the softball team. I thought if she could be a duel athlete maybe I could too.”
It worked out well, as Wiens worked hard throughout the season and eventually landed a starting role on the squad.
After graduation, Wiens will be heading back home to the Elmira area where she plans to pursue volunteer opportunities both in her local community and abroad.