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ACL tear delays Mattu’s debut as Dino ’til next year
It was three weeks ago. In practice. But Anmol Mattu didn’t think at the time the injury would sideline her for the entire season.
The talented basketball dynamo from Richmond was in the midst of completing a fast-break drill as a freshman with the University of Calgary Dinos when she hyper-extended her left knee.
“It was the quite process,” she said. “Doctors did a ll the ligament tests and said, ‘No, you’re fine. We think it’s just a (pinched nerve) and you’ll be good to go in a couple of weeks’.”
But overnight the knee ballooned in size and Mattu rushed to get it checked out. This time she was told it might be a tear, but after attempting some physiotherapy and then further tests it was determined she had torn her anterior cruciate ligament.
“Initially it was really tough to deal with it,” acknowledged Mattu, who guided the Steveston-London Sharks to its first provincial championship appearance last spring while personally capping a spectacular five-year career at the local high school.
However, she’s come to terms with the injury while remaining committed to her new team in a supportive role this season. She’s looking forward to coming “home” with the team when the Dinos play at Trinity Western University in Langley on Nov. 1.
“That’ll be tough not being able to play, but I’ll be there to support my teammates,” she said.
Aside from the injury that has officially declared her a medical red shirt for her first season as a Dino, Mattu is loving university life.
“The transition couldn’t have gone any better,” she said. “It’s kind of unreal how good of a choice it’s been for me.”