KELOWNA, BC -- Erica Reis, a 5'5" midfielder from Port Moody, is the latest addition to the Heat women's soccer program for next season. She is the younger sister of Lucas Reis, who finished his fifth year with the UBC Thunderbirds men's side last season.
Like her current and future teammate Mackenzie Pfoh, Reis currently attends Heritage Woods Secondary School. She played on the school's varsity side from 2013 to 2016, and she currently plays with the Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club's u18 side. She is also an assistant coach for the CMFSC's u8 girls development team.
With her club team in the BCSPL she was a league champion in 2015, the second year of her captaincy, and was also named a tournament all-star at the 2016 Whitecaps Showcase. Erica has also been a member of BC Provincial Teams twice, in 2013 with the u14 side and in 2015 with the u16 side.
“[I'm] unbelievably excited to begin a new chapter in my life," said Reis about the upcoming move to Kelowna and UBC Okanagan. "Being able to continue to learn and grow in both my academics and sport of choice is a dream come true.”
Reis cites UBC Okanagan's location, culture, and excellent reputation as primary reasons for choosing the school and program, and says she plans to "challenge myself in my studies and my athleticism through soccer."
Commenting on Erica's decision to join the Heat, her soon-to-be coaches Criag Smith and Carli Tingstad said, "Erica has a great work ethic and comes from a great club environment. She brings good 1v1 skills."
Academically, Reis plans to study in the management program with plans for a career in business.
Reis will be one of three players from the Coquitlam Metro Ford club program in the Heat's 2017 incoming class along with Kathleen Deady (Defender), and Mackenzie Pfoh (Striker), are the other two.
Kacee Ougden (Central midfielder) and Jillian Hunt (Centre-back) will join the 2017 incoming class from the TSS Football Club, while a PACWEST transfer in Anastazia Ziros (Defender) are the six recruits that have signed on to join the Heat next fall.
The UBC Okanagan Heat women's soccer schedule will be released on Wednesday, June 14.
KELOWNA, BC -- Mackenzie Pfoh will join her current CMF teammates Kathleen Deady and Erica Reis as a member of the UBC Okanagan Heat women's soccer team next season.
Pfoh is a 5'4" striker from Port Moody, who began her playing career in 2004. Her first four years were played with the Port Moody Soccer Association, and then she joined the Port Moody Metro where she spent the next four years, earning a tournament MVP with her u13 squad. In 2014 she joined Coquitlam Metro Ford, where she has played since, and earned another MVP award at the Whitecaps Showcase Tournament as part of her u15 side.
At Heritage Woods Secondary School, Pfoh has been a multi-talented student-athlete. Along with soccer she has also been on the school's basketball, volleyball, and ski teams. Mackenzie is also an accomplished softball player, and has played in three provincial tournaments with her rep team, earning a silver medal in 2016.
"UBCO has always been my top choice to complete my post-secondary education," said Pfoh. "I'm thrilled to be joining the close knit community that UBCO has to offer, starting my first year of university with a team of girls to ask questions and discuss any problems with is so amazing...I am looking forward to being a part of a team of such talented players and I hope my addition to the team helps them with their ongoing success."
"We saw 'Mac' at our Winter ID camp in Surrey," commented Heat coaches: assistant Carli Tingstad and head coach Craig Smith, Pfoh's new coaching staff, "and we are delighted that she has decided to join our program."
About the educational side of coming to the Kelowna campus, Mackenzie said "I am applying to the Arts faculty for my first year at UBCO and hope to transfer to the Management program in my second year. I am intrigued by modern-day marketing strategies and hope to have a future career in the business management field."
Pfoh is one of the three players from CMF Football Club set on joining UBCO, Kathleen Deady (Defender), and Erica Reis (Midfielder), are the other two. Two also are signed from the TSS Football Club, Kacee Ougden (Central midfielder) and Jillian Hunt (Centre-back), and a PACWEST transfer in Anastazia Ziros (Defender) make up the six recruits that have signed on to join the Heat next fall.
The UBC Okanagan Heat women's soccer schedule will be released on Wednesday, June 14.
KELOWNA, B.C. - Sadie Taylor-Parks is the newest addition to the Heat women's volleyball program after signing with her hometown school. The 6’1” middle blocker from Kelowna Secondary, who plays and trains with the Junior Heat Volleyball club and was recently named the Volleyball BC award of excellence athlete of the year for 2016-2017 has committed to UBC Okanagan.
Sadie Taylor-Parks, the fourth ranked high school player in BC, when asked about her commitment said "As a part of the Junior Heat family I am feeling fortunate for the opportunity to play for the varsity team this fall. I look to bring positive energy and strong work ethic to the team as I learn new skills and improve my game. I am excited to call the Heat program my home for the next five years.”
A major reason why Taylor-Parks chose UBC Okanagan was the connection with the Junior Heat club team over the past few seasons, along with the training received while a part of Volleyball Canada Centre for Excellence (VCCE). In both cases her coaching was led by varsity assistant coach Becki Kosinski. Academics also weighed heavily on her decision Taylor-Parks looked at the strong science program offered by UBC Okanagan and combined that with the ability to live at home made playing for coach Becki Kosinski and Heat head coach Steve Manuel for university career an easy one.
With the familiarity of the Junior Heat's Taylor-Parks to the varsity coaching Steve Manuel and the rest of his team are convinced that they have a real gem in the current Owl.
"We are extremely happy to be adding Sadie Taylor-Parks to our Heat roster for the 2017/2018 season. Sadie has been a part of our Heat family for the past three years, as she has been playing in our Junior Heat Club Program since her 16u season," said Steve Manuel speaking for himself and his coaching staff.
"We have watched Sadie grow from a young player just learning the game of Volleyball to one of the best female athletes in Kelowna," continued Manuel. "She has also excelled as an elite athlete in other sports, such as Ringette, but has made Volleyball her No. 1 sport. Sadie has been a part of the Team BC Provincial Program since 2015, and has been training with the Youth National Program for the past two summers. Next she will represent Team BC at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg."
"We have had the opportunity to observe Sadie thrive in a team environment over the past few years; she has great rapport with her teammates and her coaching staff. Her leadership and confidence allow her to be successful under pressure, on and off the court. Sadie has an excellent work ethic, she has an infectious energy on the court, she is an extremely self-less student athlete," finished Manuel.
The future first year sciences student has university level volleyball in her blood as her older brother Sam has just finished his second year for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men's team.
Taylor-Parks, as mentioned by Steve Manuel, is an all-around athlete with and has enjoyed a success as a ringette player as well, she has played ringette for ten years highlighted by winning the Western Canadian Championships with Team BC in her last year.
Taylor-Parks has been a member of the Youth National Development Program for the last two years and has accumulated a long list of volleyball accomplishments so far in her High School and Club career. In her senior year at KSS Taylor-Parks was named a AAAA Provincial All Star, in Grade 11 she was a U17 club provincial All Star while winning a bronze medal with the Junior Heat. In grade 10 Taylor-Parks was a a junior high school Provincial All-Star when her team finished with the bronze medal, as did her Junior Heat Club team. In 2015 and 2016 she was also a part of Team BC.
The Heat women's volleyball, coming off of four straight Canada West Final Four appearances, will have their 2017/18 CW conference schedule released to the public on Wednesday, June 21.
KELOWNA, BC -- It was a morning of accolades, accomplishments and astonishments at the Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Scholarship Breakfast Friday morning.
Close to 350 people gathered for the 12th annual breakfast, which not only recognizes student accomplishments, but also raises money for the student athlete scholarship endowments.
While the point of the event is to raise money, the gathered audience—including university officials—were caught off guard as student speaker Megan Festival announced her family will donate $25,000 to the Heat women’s volleyball team. Bidding a bittersweet farewell to university sports, the soon-to-be graduate thanked UBC for the many opportunities that came her way during her five years as a Heat athlete.
She joined the women’s volleyball team in 2012 and played alongside her older sister Jillian for two years. Both Festival athletes were an integral part of the volleyball team’s successes, and Director of Athletics and Recreation Rob Johnson, was thrilled by the announcement.
“We are extremely thankful to the Festivals—most of all for trusting us with their wonderful daughters Jill and Megan for the past eight years,” he said. “And, having had the opportunity of getting to know parents John and Janette, while I was unaware of their plan to make a gift this morning, I am not surprised.
“They have been consistent and thoughtful fans and supporters of our program from the beginning, and this generous gift will help the program continue to thrive in the future. On many levels, our program is stronger from their involvement.”
It was a morning to shine light on the accomplishments of the athletes and UBC President Santa Ono took the opportunity to congratulate the student athletes, encouraging those in attendance to stand for a round of applause.
A self-confessed sports fan, Ono told the audience that athletics means more than scoreboards and trophies.“There is nothing more powerful than athletics to bring an institution together,” he said. “It brings faculty, administration, and staff together and builds the spirit in our institution while bringing the community together.”
Ono took time to remark on this year’s accomplishments of the Heat athletes, which featured 34 academic All-Canadians, 14 National Scholar Athletes, two Canada West All-Stars, two Canada West All-Rookie team selections, and one CCAA All-Canadian. The women’s cross country team won the CCAA National Championship, the women’s volleyball team qualified for the Canada West Final Four for the fourth straight year, men’s volleyball had its best record since joining the U Sports, and both men’s and women’s soccer teams qualified for Canada West Playoffs.
“Our student athletes are wonderful ambassadors for the university,” he said. “They really have two full-time jobs between practicing, travelling, and competing at the highest level. They are the superstars in our institution and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Special guest at the breakfast, Doug Mitchell also had a strong message for the full house. Mitchell who has been an ambassador for all levels of sport, from amateur athletics to the National Hockey League, to Commissioner of the CFL to his current role as a board member of the Canadian Olympic Foundation.
“A university degree can open many doors for you, but it doesn’t give you the steps you earn when you play varsity athletics,” he said. “Learning to manage your schedule—between practices, travelling and keeping up with your academics—sets you at an advantage for the rest of your life.”
With the gift from the Festival family, more than $75,000 was raised at this year’s event, bringing the endowment total to over $800,000.
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