Kylee brings a long and impressive athletic resume with her to UBC Okanagan. Aside from being the Captain of her high school team, the Burnsview Griffins, she is also a member of the TSS Elite Black side that currently plays in the Metro Women’s Soccer Premier League, and the Surrey United 98 Girls in the BCSPL, with whom she won the Provincial Cup in 2013. With her Surrey United team, Walker has also competed in the Las Vegas and Whitecaps showcases several times, as well as a collection of tournaments in Seattle and Oregon. She has also been a part of the BC Provincial Team, on the u13 squad a few years ago, and spent two years training at the National Training Centre. She currently plays various positions, including primarily fullback, centre-mid, and forward.
It seems that her expansive early soccer career, which started when she was five years old, was instrumental in her gaining attention from the next level. As UBC Okanagan head coach Claire Paterson puts it, “Kylee has been on our radar for a couple of years now and we are very excited that she has decided to sign with our program. She is a very good athlete, who brings a lot of physicality to her game along with her solid technical abilities. Kylee has strong soccer background coming through a couple of quality club programs and we are looking forward to working with her in the fall.”
The 5’7” student-athlete is also a multi-sport competitor at the moment, playing both volleyball and basketball on top of soccer with Burnsview Secondary School.
“In my spare time I coach youth volleyball, and volunteer in the community,” adds Walker, showing a maturity and well-rounded personality that will no doubt facilitate her transition to the University level of competition.
Speaking about that transition, and the difficulties that inevitably come with it, Kylee shows both her appreciation and enthusiasm for both the athletic and academic aspects of it. “I am extremely excited to make the jump to university level school and play CIS soccer. I realize the new experience will be both challenging and rewarding. I have worked towards playing University soccer for my entire youth career, and have spent countless hours training and preparing. I believe UBC Okanagan will be a good fit for me, and am looking forward to the program and working with great coaches and meeting new teammates.”
The multi-sport, multi-positional talent of Kylee Walker plans to enter the Arts program when she begins her academic career at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and as of yet is undecided as to what her major will be.