A 5”10’ guard from Bishop O’Byrne High School in Calgary, AB, Shenelle Tamminen comes from a strong basketball pedigree and has signed a CIS letter of intent to play with the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s basketball team next season. Currently ranked second in the province, the basketball program at Bishop O’Byrne has produced some outstanding athletes, with Tamminen being the latest.
Averaging 20 points per game, Tamminen characterizes her strength as her shooting, but also believes her leadership on her high school team is an extremely important factor that she hopes to bring over to the Heat. Tamminen is “hoping to be a scorer next year, while maintaining strong individual and team defense”.
Shenelle has received multiple accolades during her time in Calgary, including two tournament MVP awards in her high-school teams’ previous two tournaments.
When not playing ball for Bishop O’Byrne, Shenelle is playing for the Calgary Selects club team during the in-between basketball seasons of spring and fall.
An Honours student in high school, Tamminen will look to get a degree in Education at UBC Okanagan. She credits the university’s “great academic reputation” and “smaller class sizes” as a major reason as to why she chose to commit to the Heat. “I think it’s a better environment to learn in and something that will help me prosper as a student,” says Shenelle. Tamminen hopes to teach elementary school upon attaining her degree.
When asked about her future with the Heat, Tamminen says: “I am so excited for next year. I can’t wait to play at such a high level and compete with, and against, such talented players.”
Her new coach, Heather Semeniuk, could not say more about her new recruit. “We are very pleased Shenelle chose UBC Okanagan to continue her basketball career,” said the Heat head coach. “She is a quality person and player that will be a perfect fit on our team next season. She comes to the Heat as a player that knows what it takes to win, and I see Shenelle developing into a solid CIS player over the next year or two.”
Not only a basketball star, Tamminen also plays volleyball at her high school, along with being on the school swim team, track and field team, and even the handball team. She is also very active in the Calgary community as well. Shenelle is part of a program in Calgary called “Best Buddies” which works with special needs students at Bishop O’Byrne.
Shenelle along with Julia Reichert are the first two players Semeniuk has inked to fill the large holes left by the graduating Roz Huber, Madison Kaneda and Melissa Irish.