Sydnee Baker Commits To Play For UPEI
“It feels amazing, I couldn’t be happier about the way my future looks,” said Baker of her commitment to UPEI. “I have the opportunity to get my education while playing the sport I love. It’s really a dream come true.”
Baker, a John McGregor Secondary School student, is playing in her second season in the PWHL for the London Devilettes where she sits among league leaders in all statistical categories. A former Chatham Outlaw, Baker has been making the most of her opportunity in the PWHL, Ontario’s top Junior league for women.
“It has been a great season for me, I try to work hard and have fun for my team every time I step on the ice, and my speed and puck battles have improved because of my off ice training,” said Baker, who trains at Athlete Fuel Strength & Conditioning in Chatham.
“I was so lucky to have the coaches that I have been able to play for through the years, and my parents support never wavered and was always positive.”
A powerful forward, Baker, who stands five-foot-ten, says she chose UPEI for a number of reasons, but knew quickly she wanted to head out East.
“I looked at a lot of schools, I knew I wanted to stay in Canada and there were a couple of schools that had almost everything I was looking for,” she explained. “UPEI was the last school I visited and I knew very quickly it was the school for me. Beautiful campus, small student population and rink on campus are just a few of the highlights for me. Meeting Coach Donaldson and the rest of the team sealed the deal. Couldn’t be happier with my decision and can’t wait to join the team in September.”
UPEI plays in the Atlantic University Sport conference, last winning a championship in 2011-2012.