There’s no denying Christina Posthumus is a top-level basketball player.
The 18-year-old Kildonan-East Grade 12 student scores seemingly at will in Kilcona Peguis Athletic Conference (KPAC) play or at the national stage, and that was good enough to catch the eye of University of Manitoba Bisons co-coaches Michele Hynes and Randy Kusano.
But the 6-foot-1 Posthumus will excel on more than just the basketball court when she enters the U of M’s hallowed halls — the East St. Paul resident was recently named one of four 2013 Credit Unions High School Scholar/Athlete Awards at a ceremony at Government House on June 20. The award, which recognizes both academic and athletic accomplishment, includes a $1,000 scholarship.
Posthumus’ point total isn’t the only high number she knows, as she sports a healthy 96% academic average.
"School comes pretty naturally. I still have to study, but not as much as someone who’s having a really tough time," she said. "I guess I’m lucky in that way. Anything you have a passion for, it seems easier to balance."
At U of M, Posthumus has been accepted to directly enter the faculty of science, where she plans to pursue a career in dentistry. To help prepare, Posthumus was in the biomedical internship program, where students got a grounding in science-based careers. As part of the program, Posthumus worked 100 hours at a local dentist’s office.
"I cleaned a lot of equipment and did a lot of filing, but I also got to watch the procedures," she said. "It was really interesting to get a feel for what I might be doing someday.
"You can read about things online, and you can hear about them but it’s totally different to see and eventually do something in practice."
Posthumus was a little disappointed in how the season went for the Reivers, as the team went 3-4 in the regular season and didn’t contend for the title.
"We had a lot of potential to do better in KPAC and possibly make provincials. A lot of tournaments, we ended up just falling short," she said, noting the Reivers were a younger group this season.
On the Bisons, Posthumus will be part of another younger group, but it could work well in her favour, as she could earn playing time if she puts in the sweat equity. She’s gunning for a spot in the starting five, even as she changes positions from guard to centre.
"It all depends on how much work I’m going to put in in the off-season," she said. "There’s no one who has a super-concrete role yet."
Posthumus has received a slew of other awards recently, including the Carl Ridd Award, which honours one male and one female basketball player who excel academically and athletically while contributing to the community.
Posthumus volunteers at Concordia Hospital and with a local Winnipeg Youth Basketball Association team.