The fourth recruit signed to Heat women’s soccer this year is Maddy Laranjo.
KELOWNA, BC - The fourth player signed to the UBC Okanagan Heat women’s soccer program for the 2016-17 season is midfielder Maddy Laranjo. The Vernon, B.C. native comes to the Heat program from W.L. Seaton Secondary in Vernon, where she will be graduating in June.
Laranjo comes to the Heat with a strong soccer resume. She has played the last four years with the Thompson Okanagan Football Club in the BC Soccer Premier League, during the last of which she was named Captain by her coach and teammates. She has also been a part of the Whitecaps Okanagan School Academy in Vernon for the past five years.
The 5’5” attacking centre midfielder has also used her knowledge of, and passion for the game to move into coaching as well. “Three years ago, I started coaching kids ages four to nine, with the Soccerpatch program in Vernon,” said Laranjo. “I have also been able to coach with the Whitecaps summer camps in the Okanagan.” The soon-to-be UBC Okanagan student-athlete continued, “Over the last two years, I have been very fortunate to be able to volunteer coaching soccer with Special Olympics B.C. . . . Every time I coach, I learn new things and increase my knowledge of the game. Coaching has been on of the most rewarding and positive experiences to be a part of the last few years.”
While Laranjo has continued to play nearly every sport throughout her high school career, soccer is undoubtedly her focus, as she says, “I play a minimum of 10 hours of soccer a week throughout the fall and winter.”
On her upcoming career with the Heat, Maddy intends to make the most of being a UBC Okanagan student-athlete.
“As both an athlete and a student, I am very passionate and determined. I have balanced my education and many athletics all through high school, and I will continue to do so in University. I plan to continue to play soccer, volunteer, coach, and pursue a degree in Human Kinetics. I am really looking forward to being a part of the UBCO Heat team and training under Coach Claire Paterson next fall. I have been playing the wonderful game of soccer for many years, [but] I know I have much more to learn and am very eager to gain more knowledge of the game at the University level.”
Of the most recent addition to her 2016-17 team, head coach Claire Paterson said, “It is wonderful that Maddy has decided to join our Heat program. I have had the opportunity to see her flourish into a ver technically sound player over the past few years within the Whitecaps High School Academy. She is an incredibly hard working, competitive athlete who has been an engine for her BCSPL team. I believe Maddy will bring a lot to the program as she continues to grow as a player at the CIS level.”
Maddy will head to UBC Okanagan in the late summer with fellow TOFC member Maya Bandy. The two Vernon midfielders will be first years with Violet Bacon (Fullback, Surrey, BC) and Kylee Walker (FB/MID, Delta, BC) as part of a strong Heat recruiting class.