Falcons Welcome Their Daley Dose of Talent

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Anique Daley with the Fanshawe College Falcons – Photo by Fanshawe Athletics

Every team needs a daily dose of talent. For the Fanshawe Falcons women’s basketball team, they get a “Daley” dose of talent each and every time Chatham’s Anique Daley steps on the court.

Daley, a former John McGregor Secondary School standout, is in her second season of OCAA, and has been a regular contributor on the court for the Falcons since day one.

“It is crazy to think that I am in my second season already, to know that two years time is already flying by so quickly,” says Daley, who is studying health and fitness at Fanshawe College.

“The experience that I now have playing in the OCAA league has been phenomenal. I have gotten a chance to have fun, make unforgettable memories playing the game of basketball with a group of girls that are not only my “teammates,” but my friends.”

As a veteran to the team, Daley says she doesn’t feel much different than she did a year ago, but now appreciates the opportunity to play postsecondary athletics much more.

“I think that as veteran, it does not feel much different than my first year as a Falcon, I think that is because the majority of my teammates are returning players. However, I think that with now being a “vet,” it has made me appreciate and cherish each and every moment that much more. I get to be apart of something special. Because I know, like all good things do, it will soon come to an end.”

While her own college career may end in the near future, others are just beginning, as another Chatham product, Kiesha Cato is playing in her rookie campaign with Fanshawe, something Daley is happy to see.

“It’s good to see that other athletes from our small town are also accomplishing their goals,” said Daley of Cato, a Chatham-Kent Secondary School product. “Also, I have played on teams in previous years with Kiesha, so we kind of have that chemistry already and that’s something that’s always beneficial to our team.”

With their final regular season game scheduled for February 22, Daley and her Fanshawe College Falcons teammates now have their eyes set on the post season, and a position at the National tournament.

“Essentially I think as a team, getting to the National Championship has been in our interest this year as an overall end goal,” says Daley. “But as we get closer to playoffs it’s about taking the smaller steps to getting to the end goal. So getting to the OCAA’s championships and going from there.”

Currently sitting third in the OCAA West Division, those goals are in sight for Daley and the Falcons.

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