Heat sign promising student-athlete for men’s volleyball

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October 6, 2012, Kelowna – Chris Wilson from Earl Marriot Secondary has committed to playing for the Heat Men’s Volleyball team beginning in the 2013-14 season.

The 6’7” Middle has impressed the Heat coaching staff both with his academic and athletic achievements during his High School career, and are excited to give Chris the opportunity to continue both academics and athletics during a university life at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The head coach of UBC Okanagan, Greg Poitras, sees a lot of potential with his latest recruit, remarking that “Chris is our earliest commitment we’ve ever had in the program. We are extremely excited that after weighing all the options he had that he decided to become a member of the Heat. At 6’7 [he] has huge upside in the middle position and possibly at the wing position down the road.”

“I am very excited to join UBCO,” Chris commented. “It’s the first university that I ever had the opportunity to visit, and from the first visit I could never think of school the same. It was a smaller school than what I imagined, with enough space to move around freely without feeling constricted. There was a friendly feeling every time I came up to visit, and to top it all off, many of my friends and family are up there, including my amazing ‘little sister’.”

Specifically on the physical and technical talents that Chris brings, coach Poitras said that “he has a really good arm for a big guy. His spike serve will surely be a weapon as he becomes physically stronger. Chris has been training hard over the last few years to keep himself in elite volleyball shape for beach and indoor volleyball.”

Wilson’s talent and work ethic are the main reasons for Chris ability on the court, which has translated into an impressive resume of achievements.

Chris has been selected as an All-Star at the AAA level multiple times so far during his high school career, as well as a Provincial All-Star for U18 club play. He has a wealth of experience not only indoors but also on the beach, having placed 2nd in the BC Summer Games, 1st at the Provincial Championships and 3rd at Nationals.

Chris plans on being a party of the nucleus that Poitras is building with his successful recruiting for the young program.

“On the volleyball side of things, UBCO is an up and coming team in the CIS league,” explains the high school senior. “Being only added to the league last year, the school has gained a lot of popularity among high school players, as well as respect from other CIS teams. They managed to make it into the CIS play-offs in their first CIS year, which is something that has never been achieved before. I believe that the Heat team has a lot of promise, potential and dedication. I hope that I will be able to help the team with my abilities in the coming years.”

Chris is also a strong academic, and very involved in school life at the Surrey, BC school. He has consistently been an Honor Roll student and in Grade 11 was the EMS representative for the Board of Trustees. He is a French Immersion student and has participated in the Canadian Heritage’s Exchanges Canada Program.

The Heat will finish their preseason with a game versus the Trinity Western Spartans on Saturday, Oct 6 in the Langley Events Centre. The game will be broadcast online at www.CanadaWest.tv.

The first Canada West action for UBC Okanagan will be Friday, October 26 in Kamloops versus the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. The first league home game will be the next night as the WolfPack will play in Kelowna versus the Heat, the match at UBC Okanagan will start at 7 p.m.

Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.