UBCO fundraiser goes to scientific research, athletic scholarships

Past recipient's pioneering research explored human health effects of high-altitude changes in blood flow and chronic oxygen deprivation.

Tickets are now available for the eighth annual Valley First/UBC Okanagan Scholarship Breakfast, which will feature members of UBC’s Everest 2012 international research expedition.

The popular fundraiser will be held at the Capri Hotel on Friday, April 5.

A panel of human physiology researchers will discuss their experiences.

Last spring, UBC’s Okanagan campus Faculty of Health and Social Development led a six-country, eight-university team of 30 scientists and students to the Pyramid Lab at an altitude of 5,500 metres near base camp of Mount Everest.

Their pioneering research explored human health effects of high-altitude changes in blood flow and chronic oxygen deprivation.

The symptoms mimic those of people suffering from respiratory and heart health issues, as well as stroke survivors.

Roslyn Huber, a member of the UBC Heat women’s basketball team, will also speak at the event.

Huber, a 2008 graduate of Rutland Senior Secondary School, is a fifth-year human kinetics student from Kelowna.

Huber led the team in scoring last year.  She currently ranks second in the school’s all-time scoring with 796 points, only 65 points away from breaking the record.

The UBC Okanagan men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams are in their second year of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) competition while men’s and women’s soccer and golf continue to compete in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

Sports are an integral part of university life and UBCO is committed to developing competitive teams, athletes and scholars, says Rob Johnson, campus director of athletics and recreation.

“Many of our student athletes couldn’t afford to participate without the financial awards that we can offer as a result of proceeds from the Athletics Breakfast,” said  Johnson.

With a dedication to full-time academic pursuits as well as team play, student athletes devote countless hours to competition, training and practice, says Johnson.

“They represent UBC with their play across the country and as a result of their commitment to their sport, have little time for part-time jobs,” he said.

“The assistance they receive from the community’s generosity at this breakfast means a great deal to our students.”

Recognizing varsity sport as a valuable component of the educational process, UBC matches every dollar raised by the Valley First/UBC Okanagan Athletics Breakfast.

More than $350,000 has been raised to date from the annual event. As a result, $7,500 in awards is available to student athletes this year.

For more event information or further details about Heat Athletics, please go to www.goheat.ca or call 250-807-9168.

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