The Spec | Scott Radley
Basketball was 11-year-old Sydney Wood's first love. The youngster has passed away from arteriovenous malformation, an abnormality deep inside the brain.
She scored a goal in the quarter-final. This came as absolutely no surprise to anyone since she was always scoring goals. Ever since house league as a four-year-old when she was getting as many as five a game, she’s known how to find the net.
Still, this one was a beauty. In a game her team had to win to advance in a tournament against girls two years older, she put a couple moves on the other team’s defenders and then plugged the ball into the corner of the net.
At that happy moment, the thought of what would happen over the next 24 hours was unimaginable.
Sydney Wood was always the life of the team. Her soccer coach describes her as bringing a bit of sunshine onto the field with her every time she arrived to play or practise. And she was always one of the better players on any team she joined. Often the best.
Basketball was the 11-year-old’s first love. Her dad, Greg, coached her sister with Blessed Sacrament and, when she was very young, she always asked to come along and join the practice.