When Kalin O'Brien stepped onto the field to play in her first soccer game with the Oakville Soccer Club at the age of five, she had no idea the passion that the sport would ignite in her. Now, 12 years later after fielding an impressive number of interest and offers from schools in Canada and the United States, O'Brien has committed to Bishop's University.
With offers from Bridgeport University (Connecticut), Royal Military College (Kingston), Wilfrid Laurier (Waterloo), O'Brien decided on Bishop's for a number of reasons. Aside from family tradition (her parents Lara and Sean both graduated from Bishop's and participated in athletic programs at the school), Kalin was attracted to the rebuilding of the Bishop's soccer program, and being a part of the regrowth of a strong team with a sense of pride and community. O'Brien was also attracted to the size of the school. With a full time enrolment of approximately 3,000 students, Kalin felt that she would be a person rather than a number at the esteemed University that was established in 1843 in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
O'Brien played with OSC for her entire soccer development career, beginning with the U6 House League program and eventually moving into the Rep program, playing with older age groups on many occasions and winning the Mount Hamilton Invitational with a U18 team while being a U15 player. Found in the Centre Back or Left Back position on the pitch, O'Brien credits her athletic abilities to the coaches she worked with at OSC over the years. Kalin also played on Oakville's Saint Thomas Aquinas' soccer team for all four years of high school, and currently plays on OSC's Girls U18A OYSL squad.
O'Brien will attend Bishop's University in the fall of 2018 and will major in Political Science with a Minor in Pre-Law, with hopes of pursuing a law degree in the future.
The Oakville Soccer Club is very proud of Kalin and wishes her success in her future endeavours.
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