Brian Cheng, head coach of the Western Mustangs women’s basketball team, with Wallaceburg’s Brett Fischer (Submitted photo)

Wallaceburg’s Brett Fischer has committed to play for the Western Mustangs women’s basketball team.

Fischer made it official during a small ceremony at Wallaceburg District Secondary School back in December.

Fischer, 17, told the Sydenham Current she’s excited to wear purple and white starting in the fall.

“I chose Western because if felt like home,” she said.

“Both the girls on the team and Brian Cheng (head coach) were really welcoming. The school was a great fit for my academics and it was a bonus that it’s only about an hour and a half from home.”

Fischer said her other choice was McMaster University in Hamilton, but she opted for the London, Ontario school instead and their kinesiology program.

To prepare for the season, Fischer says she plans on hitting the gym.

“I’m working on my cardio to keep in shape,” she said.

“I’m lifting weights to gain more muscle and I have my OBA season to work on my shot and getting reps in throughout the week.”

From left: Camden, Shauney, Brett, Sawyer, Elizabeth and Brayden Fischer (Submitted photo)

Fischer is not the first person in her family to compete in varsity athletics at the university level.
Her mother Elizabeth won five national championships with the University of Toronto women’s hockey team and her father Richard played on the football team at the University of Toronto.

Her sister Shauney played five years on the York Lions women’s basketball team and her sister Sawyer currently plays for Algoma University.

Her older brother Brayden played multiple sports at WDSS and her younger brother Camden plays multiple sports in Wallaceburg as well.

Fischer says she has had an amazing support system growing up.

“My mom has supported me throughout my entire basketball career,” she said.

“She always has been there to make me a better person and player. My two sisters, Shauney and Sawyer, with both of them having experience with post-secondary basketball, they have been able to help me. Also Ms. Day. The last four years she has coached me for high school and the past two years for my OBA season. She helps with my skills and always asks if I ever need gym time.”

Fischer added: “All my family members have always supported me as well.”

Janine Day told the Sydenham Current that Fischer has made a huge impact during her time at the high school.

“Brett has been an integral part of the Tartan Girls Basketball program,” Day said.

“She played on the senior team all four years at WDSS. Brett is very coachable, highly skilled and possesses outstanding leadership qualities.”

Western’s women’s basketball team competes in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Western Division, and travels all across the province every fall/winter competing against other universities.