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January Trojan of the month: Martina Allen

SAIT Trojans women's basketball guard Martina Allen takes a break from practice at the Campus Centre gym at SAIT in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT)

SAIT Trojans women’s basketball guard Martina Allen takes a break from practice at the Campus Centre gym at SAIT in Calgary on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (Photo by Dawn Gibson/SAIT)

Martina Allen has always been around a basketball. As the youngest of three sisters, she grew up watching them play league basketball, and eventually they were the inspiration for her coming to SAIT.

After one year of red-shirting at Mount Royal University, Allen transferred to SAIT to pursue a degree in Business, specializing in supply chain management. 

Now, one of the only five returning players on this year’s Trojan women’s basketball team, Allen is an inspiration to her teammates, both on and off the court. 

“I’ve been playing basketball for probably 14 years.” 

“I always played when I was younger with my older sisters, my dad would coach me.”

“Most people [on the team] come to me when they have problems. We are all very close, so whenever someone is having a problem, they’ll come to the team, and we get through it together.”

Besides being an idol and overall welcoming personality to the other women on the team, Allen led the team in scoring for the month of January, and is arguably the toughest competitor. 

“She sets a standard for us,” said head coach, Ranbir Parmar. 

“She’s unfortunately had to deal with too many injuries, but she’s a character kid. 

“During her absence, the girls really stepped up, they didn’t want to let her down, because she’s a big part of the team.”

This is Allen’s third season playing with the Trojans, and she plans to continue to play for the remainder of her degree. 

Averaging 15 points per game for January, Allen is consistently putting up points and has been instrumental in the Trojans success this season. 

Her goal is to push the team towards nationals, and personally, she wants, “to have the highest free-throw percentage,” she said. 

“I can take a hit, and [because of that] I get to the line a lot.”

Although Allen plays guard, she is an effective offensive and defensive player. 

“The numbers are there, as well as her effort level,” said Parmar. 

“I’ve been coaching for close to 20 years, and she is one of the best off-ball cutters I’ve ever coached.

“It’s a skill, not something you can teach. She’s just really good at reading where a defender is playing.

“Because she can play physical, she’s been put in a position where she’s forced to guard girls a lot bigger than her. She has a way of really getting under the skin of the other team’s best players.”

Praises are high for Allen, and you can tell her coaches and teammates look up to her. 

SAIT Trojans athlete of the month, Martina Allen, is humble and doesn’t like to boast about her accolades. She will return for another year with the Trojans, and plans to move to Australia after graduation.

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