Whitehorse product Samantha Burgis has rounded out UBC Okanagan’s cast of keepers for the Heat’s inaugural season of Canada West women’s soccer.
The 5-foot-8 F.H. Collins Secondary graduate will have a big role this fall backing up fifth-year Heat goalkeeper Christine Tallon, according to Heat head coach, Claire Paterson.
“Samantha has some fantastic high level experience playing at the Western Canada Games, and Canada Summer Games,” Paterson said of Burgis’ projected role. “We are excited that she has decided to join our program in the fall as [she] continues to develop in her game while she works towards her degree.”
Highlighting Brugis’ soccer achievements are two gold medals in three years at the Arctic Winter games in 2012 and 2014. She represented Team Yukon in 2011 at the Western Canada Games and in 2013 at the Canada Summer Games.
Burgis was a highly involved athlete throughout high school, also competing for her school’s volleyball and basketball teams. She was MVP of her volleyball squad in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014, and was the MVP and an All-Star for basketball from 2010-2014.
Her interest in sports has leant itself to an interest in health and medicine. She intends to pursue a degree in health sciences at UBCO.
“I am excited about the opportunities [that] UBC Okanagan has offered me in my chosen field of Health Sciences and to continue to learn and develop myself in soccer,” Burgis said of her chosen post-secondary institution. She has ambitions for a career in sports medicine following her education.
Well aware of the warmer climate and shorter winters in the Okanagan, Burgis added, jokingly, that “I have to be honest, I am willing to trade the long Whitehorse winters for the climate of the Okanagan which allows significantly more play time outside.”