Calgary’s Kate DeJong is the latest member of the Calgary Dinos Volleyball Club to join the Heat squad following in the footsteps of former Heat player Amanda Magyar and current standout Jill Festival who both played in the Dinos organization.
DeJong, a 6’1” right side from Calgary Christian, has enjoyed an outstanding career to date with highlights such as winning club provincial championships in 2010 and again in 2011. She has also represented her province playing for Team Alberta in 2009 and then in 2010 she helped her 17U TCSA team to a silver medal performance at the 18U National Team Challenge Cup.
When asked why she decided to join the Heat, DeJong replied “I chose UBC O and the Heat for a number of reasons. UBC O has the academic opportunities that I am looking for, and I believe it is a high quality program that will open many doors for me after I graduate. I chose the Heat program because of the coaching staff that cares for the athletes as they challenge us to be our best. And last but not least, I chose the Heat program because of the players on the team. They are a great group and made me feel at home right away.”
DeJong also looks forward to joining the Heat team saying “I want to see the Heat be competitive in the first year of CIS, make playoffs and at some time win a national championship. My personal aspirations are to be someone who can make a difference on and off the court, and at some point in my volleyball career I would love to play for the national team.”
Head coach Steve Manuel expects DeJong to make and immediate difference with the Heat. “Kate is perfect example of the kind of student athlete that we are able to attract to UBC Okanagan. She is another building block in our strategic approach to develop the Heat program into a strong Canada West program. Kate has the ability to be impact player at the next level. She is a strong attacker and a natural blocker, we believe that she will be a force for us on the right side.”
During her tenure in Kelowna, DeJong will be studying for her Bachelor of Arts. In the short term, she will be looking to continue her success as her club team will be a definite contender for the upcoming 18U National Championship. DeJong joins Katy Klomps and Breanna Beamish as new recruits inked to play for the Heat this fall.