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Hannah Bradbury of Corner Brook is studying French at St. Anne’s University while honing her volleyball skills with the Dragons.
CHURCH POINT, N.S. — Hannah Bradbury believes in giving things a lot of thought before making a decision that could impact her future.
She also realizes that sometimes you have to take a leap of faith when a second chance comes along.
Bradbury, a 22-year-old former high school volleyball star with the Corner Brook Titans and Grenfell Campus Warriors, is in her rookie season with the St. Anne’s University Dragons women’s volleyball team in the eight-team Atlantic Canada Athletic Association (ACAAC).
She had a chance to hone her skills at St. Anne’s back in 2009 — the year she graduated from Corner Brook High with a number of provincial 4A female volleyball crowns to her credit — but the Corner Brook native wasn’t prepared to spike her way into a higher level. She admits she didn’t stray away from home much at the time so going away to play volleyball didn’t appeal to her enough to make the commitment. She wasn’t ready to immerse herself into French at the only French-language post-secondary insitiution in Nova Scota either because she had very little exposure to the language growing up.
Bradbury and some teammates were scouted by St. Anne’s back in 2009. The foursome was flown to St. Anne’s to get a glimpse of what the school had to offer and the girls got to see first-hand how the volleyball program was ran and what was expected of the athletes who wore the Dragons crest.
“That was a pretty neat experience,” Bradbury said from Church Point Tuesday.
It wasn’t enough to lure her away from familiar turf at the time. She spent one season of volleyball at Grenfell Campus before spending a year at Memorial University of Newfoundland where she played with Turkey Joe’s in the St. John’s women’s volleyball league and then returned to Grenfell last year to play another season with the Warriors on the local scene.
Bradbury travelled to Nova Scotia for a volleyball tournament in Nova Scotia last year as a member of the Grenfell women’s team and the Dragons were one of the teams participating. She met up with coach Pierre Norbet for the first time since he tried to recruit her and the conversation came up about her playing with the team.
“It just kind of made sense to me. Like why not? I guess I took that leap of fate,” she said. “I’m definitely proud of myself for taking this opportunity because I was privileged enough to have the opportunity before and I turned it down because I wasn’t ready at the time.”
She recently received a primary/elementary education degree through a fast-track program at MUN at the Grenfell Campus and is now focused on studying French, but still isn’t sure what she plans on doing for a career.
The daughter of Robert and Gertrude has been at the school for a few weeks and having fun in a new environment with a bunch of new teammates so she’s pleased with her decision.
Still unsure of what she will eventually pursue as a career, Bradbury is choosing to taking it as it comes because that approach hasn’t let her astray yet.
“I’m not in a rush with anything. I want to be sure of what I’m doing and as of right now it’s a little bit up in the air so this is the best for me,” she said.
While she appears to be settling in nice with a hectic schedule for volleyball, she has seen some progress in her ability to catch on to the language. It was pretty challenging for the first couple of weeks but she’s happy to say it is getting a little easier to grasp the language.
Bradbury will be working hard over the next few weeks to ensure she’s ready for game action when the Dragons participate in the Saint Mount Vincent University Invitational next month in Halifax.