KELOWNA, B.C. - Sadie Taylor-Parks is the newest addition to the Heat women's volleyball program after signing with her hometown school. The 6’1” middle blocker from Kelowna Secondary, who plays and trains with the Junior Heat Volleyball club and was recently named the Volleyball BC award of excellence athlete of the year for 2016-2017 has committed to UBC Okanagan.
Sadie Taylor-Parks, the fourth ranked high school player in BC, when asked about her commitment said "As a part of the Junior Heat family I am feeling fortunate for the opportunity to play for the varsity team this fall. I look to bring positive energy and strong work ethic to the team as I learn new skills and improve my game. I am excited to call the Heat program my home for the next five years.”
A major reason why Taylor-Parks chose UBC Okanagan was the connection with the Junior Heat club team over the past few seasons, along with the training received while a part of Volleyball Canada Centre for Excellence (VCCE). In both cases her coaching was led by varsity assistant coach Becki Kosinski. Academics also weighed heavily on her decision Taylor-Parks looked at the strong science program offered by UBC Okanagan and combined that with the ability to live at home made playing for coach Becki Kosinski and Heat head coach Steve Manuel for university career an easy one.
With the familiarity of the Junior Heat's Taylor-Parks to the varsity coaching Steve Manuel and the rest of his team are convinced that they have a real gem in the current Owl.
"We are extremely happy to be adding Sadie Taylor-Parks to our Heat roster for the 2017/2018 season. Sadie has been a part of our Heat family for the past three years, as she has been playing in our Junior Heat Club Program since her 16u season," said Steve Manuel speaking for himself and his coaching staff.
"We have watched Sadie grow from a young player just learning the game of Volleyball to one of the best female athletes in Kelowna," continued Manuel. "She has also excelled as an elite athlete in other sports, such as Ringette, but has made Volleyball her No. 1 sport. Sadie has been a part of the Team BC Provincial Program since 2015, and has been training with the Youth National Program for the past two summers. Next she will represent Team BC at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg."
"We have had the opportunity to observe Sadie thrive in a team environment over the past few years; she has great rapport with her teammates and her coaching staff. Her leadership and confidence allow her to be successful under pressure, on and off the court. Sadie has an excellent work ethic, she has an infectious energy on the court, she is an extremely self-less student athlete," finished Manuel.
The future first year sciences student has university level volleyball in her blood as her older brother Sam has just finished his second year for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men's team.
Taylor-Parks, as mentioned by Steve Manuel, is an all-around athlete with and has enjoyed a success as a ringette player as well, she has played ringette for ten years highlighted by winning the Western Canadian Championships with Team BC in her last year.
Taylor-Parks has been a member of the Youth National Development Program for the last two years and has accumulated a long list of volleyball accomplishments so far in her High School and Club career. In her senior year at KSS Taylor-Parks was named a AAAA Provincial All Star, in Grade 11 she was a U17 club provincial All Star while winning a bronze medal with the Junior Heat. In grade 10 Taylor-Parks was a a junior high school Provincial All-Star when her team finished with the bronze medal, as did her Junior Heat Club team. In 2015 and 2016 she was also a part of Team BC.
The Heat women's volleyball, coming off of four straight Canada West Final Four appearances, will have their 2017/18 CW conference schedule released to the public on Wednesday, June 21.