With graduation just finishing and training camp just weeks away two new additions to the UBC Okanagan Heat soccer teams have been selected as recipients of the inaugural 2013 EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Scholarship.
In 2013, 16 scholarships of $1000 each were made available to eight male and eight female students, which will be proceeding on to a university or post-secondary institution in BC, have a 3.0 GPA, and play for a BCSPL franchise or their regional partner club.
Michael Sexton is an incoming keeper who played for the City of Kelowna’s 2012 Bryan Couling Athletic Team of the Year, the Okanagan Mission Secondary Senior Boys Soccer Team, and has high academic hopes with a desire to take his schooling all the way to a Law degree.
Katie Smillie, a fullback from Delta, will leave her Coastal FC club team and jump right into the Nursing program at UBC’s Okanagan campus straight from Delta Secondary.
Katie, and the other recruits for the women’s soccer team, will join head coach Claire Paterson and a strong returning cast, in training camp on August 17, with their first exhibition matches slated for the next weekend in Alberta, Aug 23-24.
Michael will have his first taste of Heat soccer in early August as men’s coach Dante Zanatta, who will begin his third season with the Heat this fall, will begin training with a walk-on camp August 6-7 with full camp for all players to follow.
Both teams will start their final PACWEST regular season at home on the Nonis Sports Field when they host the Vancouver Island Mariners on Saturday Sep 7 at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m., women’s and men’s respective start times.
The EA SPORTS Scholarship Program was established to support the top British Columbian student-athletes who strive for excellence in their academic and athletic pursuits, inspiring the next generation of dreamers, risk-takers, leaders, and visionaries, and providing them with financial support to achieve their goals.
All EA Sports BCSPL Scholarship winners
|WINNER - male||CLUB|
|Armann Sohi||Magnuson Ford Mariners FC|
|Michael Sexton||Thompson Okanagan FC|
|Glen Smith||Vancouver Island Wave|
|Diego Grossling||Mountain United FC|
|Juan Acosta||Mountain United FC|
|Daniel Rodman||Coastal FC|
|Mitchell Popadynetz||Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC|
|Aria Sarhangpour||Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC|
|Sarah Kandborg||Coquitlam Metro-Ford SC|
|Janna Speed||Fusion FC|
|Madison Makara||Magnuson Ford Mariners FC|
|Andrea Di Lorenzo||Mountain United FC|
|Kendra Zadravec||Vancouver Island Wave|
|Stephanie Badilla Gutierrez||Vancouver Island Wave|
|Katie Smillie||Coastal FC|
|Megan Talaber||Coastal FC|