Heat volleyball grad Breanna Beamish has been named to Canada's national women's team.

Beamish lands spot with national program

One of UBC Okanagan's top players of the last five years earns roster spot with Canadian senior women's team

A key player for the UBC Okanagan Heat throughout her university volleyball career, Breanna Beamish is taking her game to the next level.

Thanks to solid performance at Volleyball Canada’s selection camp, Beamish has realized a childhood dream by earning a roster spot on the national senior A women’s team.

“It is such an honour to be selected to the national team,” said Beamish, the fifth-year outside hitter from Surrey. “I’ve dreamt about playing on Team Canada since I was very young so this is so surreal to me.

“I’m so unbelievable excited to be a part of this amazing program and to continue to grow as a volleyball player.”

Beamish said her selection wouldn’;t have been possible without the support of many over the years.

“I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has supported me and believed in me along the way,” the Earl Marriot Secondary and soon-to-be UBC Okanagan grad said. “To Mark and Moira Cassell and the Heat coaching staff, thank you for everything, I wouldn’t be the player I am today without all of you.”

Beamish acknowledged the contributions Heat head man Steve Manuel, the two-time CIS coach of the year, who along with Becki Kosinski, Karl Enns, and Jackie Toews were on the bench for Brianna’s entire five-year run at UBC Okanagan.

Randy Goodman, Dr. Shauna Taylor, and Tammy Thomas are among some of the others to coach during that time.

The Cassels were instrumental in Beamish’s early development, they coached her on the Seaside Volleyball Club and at Earl Marriot.

Beamish will join Kelowna Secondary School product Marisa Field on the national team. Field played volleyball at the Kelowna campus for the Lakers in for two seasons. They are the only two athletes who played varsity at the Okanagan institution and went on to represent their country at the highest level in volleyball.


Just Posted

Community Leader Awards: Anja Dumas

The Kelowna Capital News puts the spotlight on community leaders with annual awards

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Blowing snow, slippery sections on Okanagan Connector

Compact snow, poor visibility on Highway 97 from Pennask Summitt to Brenda Mines.

IH adds immunization clinic Sunday in Kelowna

Drop-in meningococcal vaccination clinic on today at Community Health & Services Centre

Fire crews investigating oil sheen on Penticton Creek

Fire crews are working to contain the oil from spreading

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Fire crews investigating oil sheen on Penticton Creek

Fire crews are working to contain the oil from spreading

UBCO prof tests software to help cancer patients

Program may help those reluctant to engage ‘tough conversations’ in advance care planning

Broken de-icer delays flights at Kelowna airport

Passengers were on board for three hours Sunday waiting for departure to Vancouver

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Well-known Canadian bird making a comeback

Once on the brink of extinction, the peregrine falcon no longer considered at risk in Canada.

Suzuki: Shine a light during dark times

People need to remain positive despite difficult and unpredictable political climate

Most Read