KELOWNA, B.C. - Will Deck becomes the first ever golf player to pick up Male Student Athlete of the Year honours at UBC Okanagan, joining Jen Woods in an era of prominence for the golf program at the school as she performed a similar feat in 2012-13 for the women.
Deck had an outstanding year in Heat uniform, shooting a low score of 425 during the season to earn PACWEST Player of the Year and CCAA All-Canadian honours. The left-swinging human kinetics student finished first, third, and eleventh in three tournaments this season, leading his Heat team to a third place finish in the PACWEST while finishing fourteenth in the individual competition at the CCAA National Championships.
The men’s sports were wealthy with other strong nominees in Austin Jones (Soccer), Yassine Ghomari (Basketball), Cole Mosychuk (Rugby) and Jim Bell (Volleyball).
Jones had an outstanding fourth-year while in Heat uniform this past season, scoring in five straight games during the middle portion of the season. Named a PACWEST All-Star, he made great strides this season in developing leadership skills, helping prepare a young team to make the leap to the CIS. Always one of the first on the pitch and one of the last to leave, Jones will be a key factor during the team’s transition next fall.
Playing four years of basketball in Heat uniform, Ghomari helped UBC Okanagan earn a berth at the national championship during his rookie campaign, and he will wrap up as one of the most storied basketball players in Heat history. He leaves behind a legacy that includes all-time leader in made three-pointers and free-throws, and third all-time in total points and assists. He will graduate from the Human Kinetics program as a CIS Academic All-Canadian.
Mosychuk had an incredible impact during his rookie campaign with the rugby squad, becoming a captain of the Heat’s sevens team and helping the Heat capture the Bowl Championship during the National Sevens tournament. He is also a member of the Team BC U19 2013 National Champions, and brings a wealth of experience to the Heat for a first year player. He is a natural leader helping bring a bright future for rugby at UBC Okanagan.
Also making great strides during the offseason and this past season, Bell became a vocal and influential leader for the volleyball team in only his second year. He finished first in blocks for the Heat with 80, and his 14 solo blocks were good for second in Canada West. An extremely dedicated student athlete, Bell continues to build on his engineering success of past middle blockers for the Heat, averaging 84% in his Applied Sciences courses on top of his commitments to volleyball. He has quickly become a positive role model and leader for his team and his program.