After an outstanding varsity career that saw her move into top spot in McMaster career scoring, graduating Marauder captain Taylor is taking her basketball skills to Germany.
A Hamilton native and three-time Ontario University Athletic All-Star, Chiarot has signed a one-year deal with TSV Lamstedt of the German second division. Lamstedt is a community in the northern part of Germany.
“I was super excited when my agent called me about the deal,” said Chiarot. “But then some major nerves hit me and I realized this was really happening and I was going to Europe. I’ve never been away from home for more than two weeks.”
Chiarot is one of four OUA grads heading to Germany, joining Lindsay Druery of Lakehead, Hannah Sunley-Paisley of Ottawa, and Brittany Moore from Queen’s, who are all represented by the same German-based agency.
“I felt comfortable signing with my agent, especially since she has represented other Canadians,” said Chiarot. “With my agent based in Germany, I’m pretty confident that I’m heading into a good situation. Germany’s economy is also a lot stronger compared to some other countries in Europe so that’s good.”
The six-foot forward is looking forward to her first visit to the continent, but confesses she’s not sure what to expect. “All the research I’ve done shows that the level of play is comparable to (Canadian Interuniversity Sports) quality, but I really don’t know what I’m walking into. But it’s a chance to get my feet wet in a pro league and then I can decide if I want to go back.”
Games will be exclusively domestic competition within the German second division league, so she will get a first-hand look at the country.
In addition to her playing commitments, Chiarot will work with some of the club’s youth teams, gaining some coaching experience. She will also practise with the Club’s first division squad, with an eye toward promotion and a higher salary if she can impress.
“The deal includes a salary, room and board, health insurance and travel expenses, so I can come home for Christmas,” Chiarot explained. “The season ends on March 31st, and then there’s playoffs. So, I’m hopeful I can convince some of the girls on the Mac team to come over when their season is done and we can do some European exploring together.”
Chiarot will board a flight to Germany on Aug. 21 and McMaster Athletics wishes her a bon voyage and good luck in the next stage of her basketball career.