UBC Softball welcomes a pair of pitching recruits

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Gord Collings and Zoe Gillis

Vancouver, BC – Head coach Gord Collings and the UBC Thunderbirds are excited to announce the commitment of pitcher/1st base Zoe Gillis and pitcher/1st base Emma Tuson to the Thunderbirds softball program.

Zoe Gillis (5’9″ pitcher/1st base, Delta, BC)


Gillis, from Delta, BC, joins the Thunderbirds from the White Rock Renegades U18 team. A pitcher primarily, as well as a first baseman, she follows in the footsteps of her father (Richard) and grandfather (Austin) in attending UBC.

An honour roll student at Delta Secondary School, Gillis previously played for the Richmond Islanders and South Delta Invaders.

“I chose to attend UBC to follow in the Gillis family footsteps and get a great education here,” said Zoe Gillis. “I have huge respect for coach Gord Collings and really like the team environment and competitiveness. I think the Thunderbirds have great potential and I am very excited to be a part of it.”

Emma Tuson and Gord Collings

Emma Tuson (5’7″ pitcher/1st base, Maple Ridge, BC)

Like Gillis, Tuson is currently a member of the White Rock Renegades U18 team and also plays pitcher and first base. Formerly with the Burnaby Oakeys, Tuson placed fifth at the 2012 Canadian National Championships and second at the 2012 Canadian Open Invitational.

The Maple Ridge product attends Thomas Haney Secondary where she is a honour roll student and hopes to study business administration at UBC.

“Although softball is a passion of mine, I chose to attend UBC because academics are very important to me,” said Emma Tuson. “UBC’s Sauder School of Business is one of the most highly rated business schools in Canada and I believe a degree from Sauder is a great first step towards a future career in law.”

“I am very excited to have Zoe and Emma come to UBC next year,” said UBC softball coach Gord Collings. “They are both character-athletes who will be great additions to our pitching staff. They have received excellent coaching and are dedicated, committed young players who excel on the field and in the classroom. I am delighted they have chosen to pursue their education at UBC and am looking forward to coaching them next year.”

UBC is currently 13-13 on the season and will play against SFU in a doubleheader on Wednesday April 9 at SFU’s Beedie Field.

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