by Cary Mellon
April 2, 2014, KELOWNA, B.C. (ISN) – FEMALE AWARD: Third year middle Katy Klomps of the women’s volleyball team gets to etch her name in the annals of Heat fame as the UBC Okanagan Female Student Athlete of the Year.
As a starter and arguably the most important cog in her team’s defense-first style, Klomps became one of the most dominant forces not only in Canada West, but in the CIS as well. She finished second in total blocks-per-set in the CIS, becoming a Canada West Second Team All-Star, helping her team advance to the Heat’s first Canada West Final Four in school history.
A strong student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, she maintained an 80% average on top of her busy volleyball schedule. A leader both on and off the court, Klomps is the thirteenth women’s volleyball player to earn top honours since it was first awarded in 1991-92.
The other very strong nominees for the award were Sandra Kilmartin (Cross Country), Hayley Carlson (Soccer), Jacqueline Dubreuil (Rugby), and Emily Kanester (Basketball).
List of all previous year’s Female winners
As a standout rookie, Kilmartin was a vital part of the Heat’s CCAA National Championship victory this past November – a race in which she finished fourth individually as well, earning a national tournament All-Star. An extremely dedicated student athlete, she was consistently a top performer in every race throughout the season, and she continually pushed herself to improve race by race. Overcoming several setbacks and injuries throughout the summer and the season, she battled through adversity to become one of the top runners in Canada in only her first year.
Carlson was captain of the women’s soccer team and led the Heat to a bronze medal in their final season of play in the PACWEST, scoring four goals along the way, one of which came in their medal match against Langara. She was named a PACWEST First-Team All-Star as a result of her strong play during the season, now her third all-star nomination over the course of her three-year career so far at UBC Okanagan, she also earned a PACWEST Academic Excellence honours and a CCAA Academic All-Canadian. She will be a crucial part of the team as it makes the move up to the CIS next fall.
As co-captain of the women’s rugby squad, Dubreauil truly exemplified what it means to be a student-athlete. A third-year Science major and Chancellor’s Scholar maintaining a 95.4% average over 48 credits, she was also the second highest scorer on the Heat’s 15s team. She is highly committed to being a leader on and off the pitch.
Third-year Kanester did everything she could for her team this season, leading in scoring, rebounding and steals. A modest and humble guard on the squad, she worked tirelessly both during and outside of practice to improve her game and help her team succeed. Her energy on the court is infectious, as is her strong competitive edge. She is a great ambassador for the game of basketball and for the school as well.
KELOWNA, B.C. – Will Deck becomes the first ever golf player to pick up Male Student Athlete of the Year honours at UBC Okanagan, joining Jen Woods in an era of prominence for the golf program at the school as she performed a similar feat in 2012-13 for the women.
Deck had an outstanding year in Heat uniform, shooting a low score of 425 during the season to earn PACWEST Player of the Year and CCAA All-Canadian honours. The left-swinging human kinetics student finished first, third, and eleventh in three tournaments this season, leading his Heat team to a third place finish in the PACWEST while finishing fourteenth in the individual competition at the CCAA National Championships.
The men’s sports were wealthy with other strong nominees in Austin Jones (Soccer), Yassine Ghomari (Basketball), Cole Mosychuk (Rugby) and Jim Bell (Volleyball).
List of all previous year’s Male winners
Jones had an outstanding fourth-year while in Heat uniform this past season, scoring in five straight games during the middle portion of the season. Named a PACWEST All-Star, he made great strides this season in developing leadership skills, helping prepare a young team to make the leap to the CIS. Always one of the first on the pitch and one of the last to leave, Jones will be a key factor during the team’s transition next fall.
Playing four years of basketball in Heat uniform, Ghomari helped UBC Okanagan earn a berth at the national championship during his rookie campaign, and he will wrap up as one of the most storied basketball players in Heat history. He leaves behind a legacy that includes all-time leader in made three-pointers and free-throws, and third all-time in total points and assists. He will graduate from the Human Kinetics program as a CIS Academic All-Canadian.
Mosychuk had an incredible impact during his rookie campaign with the rugby squad, becoming a captain of the Heat’s sevens team and helping the Heat capture the Bowl Championship during the National Sevens tournament. He is also a member of the Team BC U19 2013 National Champions, and brings a wealth of experience to the Heat for a first year player. He is a natural leader helping bring a bright future for rugby at UBC Okanagan.
Also making great strides during the offseason and this past season, Bell became a vocal and influential leader for the volleyball team in only his second year. He finished first in blocks for the Heat with 80, and his 14 solo blocks were good for second in Canada West. An extremely dedicated student athlete, Bell continues to build on his engineering success of past middle blockers for the Heat, averaging 84% in his Applied Sciences courses on top of his commitments to volleyball. He has quickly become a positive role model and leader for his team and his program.