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I played canada goose clearance all sports at Queen of Angels Academy high school and chose basketball at Dawson CEGEP. From there, a full scholarship at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. I graduated in 2007 with my Bachelor of Science in biology (concentration microbiology) and minors in chemistry, biochemistry and French.

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A pivotal moment that first summer: The national team is in Valdivia, Chile at the Olympic qualification tournament. Being a rookie, and never in a million years expecting to be on the team, I was content simply to be there. I did not realize we were only two wins away from going to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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