When Emma Kiesekamp crossed the stage at Convocation on Monday she closed another chapter on a truly unique career. Like so many graduating student-athletes crossing the stage this week, Kiesekamp is part of a group that helped to redefine what it means to be a Raven.
Kiesekamp, from Merrickville, Ontario, is the first Ravens women's basketball player ever to win two national championships. A champion in her rookie season, Kiesekamp returned in 2022-23 to help the team to their second Wilson Cup and Bronze Baby.
Reflecting on her career at Carleton, Kiesekamp acknowledges the championships may be core memories that last her a life time, but it was the community that will have a lasting impact on her life.
"I didn't understand how much support I’d have from the community," Kiesekamp reflected. "There were always people in my corner offering help and advice, I had great basketball coaches, strength coaches, athletic therapists, and doctors all supporting my journey at Carleton."
That support pushed Kiesekamp to constantly evolve into the leader she was last year. Playing a key role in the success of her team, Kiesekamp now looks forward to the next chapter in her life and isn't ready to give up on basketball.
Currently working at the Bank of Canada, Kiesekamp hopes to return to the court next season in the professional ranks but admits she'll miss her teammates. "I will miss [them] greatly and cannot wait to cheer them on next season."