Abbotsford's Mackenzie Carnes is the latest recruit to sign on for the Heat this coming season. Carnes had a memorable career at Heritage Park Secondary, leading the team to the Provincials in both 2007 and 2009, while serving as captain of the team from Grade 10 onwards. She was also named HPSS Female Athlete of the Year for an unprecedented four straight years.
Carnes also has extensive experience at the provincial level playing for the U14, U15, and U16 provincial teams, as well as the U17 Junior (UFV) Cascades Elite Travelling Team. She also has experience behind the bench, serving as head coach for the Grade 8 basketball team at HPSS.
On top of being an exceptional player, Mackenzie is also an exceptional student finishing with a 90% average in both Grade 10 and 11 with two years of straight A's. She will take this work ethic into the UBC O Science program before studying medicine in the hopes to one day become a doctor.
With such qualifications Carnes had a list-full of options for her post-secondary basketball career, but chose UBC O for a specific set of reasons:
"I chose UBC Okanagan Heat because I respect Coach Semeniuk's coaching ability alot and feel that I will be able to grow as a basketball player and a person under her influence. Also everyone I met on the team was so kind and welcoming it gave me the sense that this program is close and a good environment to belong to. I see myself fitting in to the Heat program by working hard and learning from the more experienced players that will be my teammates."
Carnes also has a history of volunteer experience, serving as both a Care Home Volunteer (Candystriper), and a Public Library Reading Buddy, experiences which will help her fit in to the community-oriented Heat.