What’s new in UBC Okanagan Heat athletics

The Heat Women’s Cross Country Team were 2013 Canadian National Champions.

The 2013-14 varsity athletics season was a tremendous year for the Heat, highlighted by a women’s volleyball squad that played its way into the Canada West championships. The was ranked nationally in the top 10 for 13 of 14 weeks, peaking at number three in January.

For the second consecutive year, a Heat women’s team came home with a national championship: the 2013 women’s cross country team raced as the best in Canada, following the 2012 golf team that brought the banner home to the Okanagan.  Read about it here.

This fall, the men’s and women’s soccer teams join their counterparts in basketball and volleyball to begin play in the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Canada West conference, competing in the highest level of university athletic competition across the nation.

Golf and cross country will continue competing in the Pacific Western Conference of the CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association) this year, while rugby is a competitive club sport on campus competing under the Heat name in sanctioned events.

A focus of the student athlete experience and a core component of UBC’s Place and Promise has all varsity student athletes volunteering in the wider community to enhance societal good.’

Some of the events that the Heat were proud to provide assistance were: Wendy’s DreamLift, Adopt-a-Road, the Food Bank’s Stuff a Bus campaign, Parkinson Super Walk, and the Kelowna Wine Half-Marathon, Heart & Stroke Big Bike.

The varsity teams also utilized many of their home varsity games to help support great causes. Soccer coaches participated in the Go Shoeless campaign, the CIS Shoot for the Cure and KidSport.

Many of these events were documented here: https://news.ok.ubc.ca/athrec/tag/community/

The season got underway September 6 with soccer in Prince George and golf in Surrey, and the Heat varsity action continues through March. Find all of the schedules and follow along at goheat.ca

The varsity year culminates with an awards banquet where the student athlete of the year will be announced, along with other awards winners. Last year women’s volleyball player Katy Klomps and men’s golfer Will Deck were top UBC Okanagan athletes.

In April of 2015, the Valley First/UBC Athletics Scholarship Breakfast takes place. This the tenth annual breakfast and will once again feature a guest speaker who has made a life in sport, and a student athlete speaker. http://athletics.ok.ubc.ca/giving/supportingstudentathletes/breakfast.html

The Heat women’s volleyball squad played its way into the Canada West championships, a team that was ranked nationally in the top 10.

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