WSOC: TWolves stay in the family, commit Avery Nystedt for 2019

May 2, 2019

The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s soccer team has kept it all in the family, officially announcing the commitment of Avery Nystedt, sister of current Timberwolf Hallie Nystedt, for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.

An honour roll student, Avery intends to study Environmental Engineering at UNBC. She says the combination of her academic and athletic pursuits made this an ideal situation for her post-secondary career.

“I always knew I wanted to play university, and this was a really amazing opportunity for me to continue and grow as a player. I love the environment and the program. And it had the academic program I wanted to go in to, so it all fit together and worked out really well.”

The Victoria native is plenty familiar with Timberwolves coach Neil Sedgwick. She was coached by the UNBC bench boss in the Victoria Highlanders program as a ten-year-old, and again throughout her youth with the Vancouver Island Wave and Epic Academy. That connection, along with her sister, led to a visit in 2018 and 2019 before making her decision.

“I have been following the team’s progress because my sister is on the team, and every year they seem to really be improving. Seeing the success on the field, but also the training program. When I came up here, everyone was really intense during practice. Everyone was improving every day. We all push each other, and it was a good team environment.”

Nystedt, who will graduate from Stelly’s Secondary in June, last played with her sister Hallie for the Stingers soccer team. UNBC defender Mara McCleary was also a member of that team. Avery says the chance to wear the green and gold alongside her sister was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

“I was really excited to play with her. I love my sister, obviously. We fight sometimes, but at the end of the day we are best friends, so I am excited to come up here. I really enjoy this program, and the way Neil coaches. When I came up here, it felt right.”

Sedgwick has seen his newest recruit grow her game over the last number of years, and suggests her decision-making and willingness to compete will play a major factor for the TWolves over the next five seasons.

“I have known and worked with Avery for a long time, and I have been able to see her develop her abilities. Her tenacity and focus to improve will take her a long way in Canada West. She has immense potential, and I am excited to have her join our program. She has a really promising future here.”

Standing five-foot-eight, the attacking midfielder has the frame and athleticism to develop into a threat at the U SPORTS level. Also an elite field hockey player, Nystedt will join her new Timberwolves teammates for training camp in July.

“I want to push myself to grow and learn as much as I can, and absorb as much knowledge as I can from everyone.   When I come here, everyone is helping me with little techniques. I just want to learn as much as I can from Neil and from the team. I want to push myself and help the team grow, as the program improves.”