KELOWNA, B.C. - Third year middle Katy Klomps of the women’s volleyball team gets to etch her name in the annals of Heat fame as the UBC Okanagan Female Student Athlete of the Year.
As a starter and arguably the most important cog in her team’s defense-first style, Klomps became one of the most dominant forces not only in Canada West, but in the CIS as well. She finished second in total blocks-per-set in the CIS, becoming a Canada West Second Team All-Star, helping her team advance to the Heat’s first Canada West Final Four in school history.
A strong student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, she maintained an 80% average on top of her busy volleyball schedule. A leader both on and off the court, Klomps is the thirteenth women’s volleyball player to earn top honours since it was first awarded in 1991-92.
The other very strong nominees for the award were Sandra Kilmartin (Cross Country), Hayley Carlson (Soccer), Jacqueline Dubreuil (Rugby), and Emily Kanester (Basketball).
As a standout rookie, Kilmartin was a vital part of the Heat’s CCAA National Championship victory this past November – a race in which she finished fourth individually as well, earning a national tournament All-Star. An extremely dedicated student athlete, she was consistently a top performer in every race throughout the season, and she continually pushed herself to improve race by race. Overcoming several setbacks and injuries throughout the summer and the season, she battled through adversity to become one of the top runners in Canada in only her first year.
Carlson was captain of the women’s soccer team and led the Heat to a bronze medal in their final season of play in the PACWEST, scoring four goals along the way, one of which came in their medal match against Langara. She was named a PACWEST First-Team All-Star as a result of her strong play during the season, now her third all-star nomination over the course of her three-year career so far at UBC Okanagan, she also earned a PACWEST Academic Excellence honours and a CCAA Academic All-Canadian. She will be a crucial part of the team as it makes the move up to the CIS next fall.
As co-captain of the women’s rugby squad, Dubreauil truly exemplified what it means to be a student-athlete. A third-year Science major and Chancellor’s Scholar maintaining a 95.4% average over 48 credits, she was also the second highest scorer on the Heat’s 15s team. She is highly committed to being a leader on and off the pitch.
Third-year Kanester did everything she could for her team this season, leading in scoring, rebounding and steals. A modest and humble guard on the squad, she worked tirelessly both during and outside of practice to improve her game and help her team succeed. Her energy on the court is infectious, as is her strong competitive edge. She is a great ambassador for the game of basketball and for the school as well.