Heat athletes and coaches stay sharp in off-season

An update on UBC Okanagan athletes and coaches during a busy summer

Despite being the off-season for most UBC Okanangan athletics teams, it’s been a busy summer for many local athletes and coaches.

Here a look at what members of the Heat have been up to over the several weeks.

• Men’s volleyball

Three UBC Okanagan incoming volleyball players have spent the summer representing Team B.C. (U19), culminating with the naitonal team’s Challenge Cup July 18 to 22 in Gatineau, Que.

Jim  Bell, a 6-foot-6 middle from Surrey-Earl Marriott Secondary), Kristof Schlagintweit , a 6-foot-4 setterr frtom Abbotsford-Yale Secondary and Alex Swiatlowski, 6-7 outside hitter, Victoria-Oak Bay Secondary) were the three Heat recruits that represented Team BC.

From this tournament Bell was one of three BC athletes chosen for the 2012  Junior National Team.

UBC Okanagan men’s volleyball assistant coach Kyle Joslin was an assistant with the BC team.

• Women’s Volleyball

After a successful first year on the Heat, Brianna Beamish (Outside hitter, Surrey, BC) and transfer Katie Wuttunee (6-3 middle, North Vancouver-Carson Graham, Capilano University) played for Team BC (U19) at the National Team Challenge Cup Tournament on July 18-22 in Winnipeg, MB.

Becki Kosinski who has been an assistant with the Heat women’s team for the past six years, was also an assistant with the BC Team(U19) this summer.

• Soccer

The PCSL season is complete for 2012.

In the Premier Men’s division the Okanagan Challenge, the newly minted collaborative team between the Okanagan Challenge and the UBC Okanagan Heat, suffered an injury plagued season that amounted in a (2-12-2) record.

The Okanagan FC team, a collaborative effort between the UBC Okanagan Heat and the existing Okanagan FC club team, finished ninth in the Premier Women’s division of the PCSL with a (4-7-3) record.

Both the men’s and women’s squads in the PCSL are coached by Heat coaches (Dante Zanatta and Claire Paterson) and feature rosters largely comprised of Heat players.

Tryouts for the men’s and women’s soccer teams will take place this month, we will get our first look at the Heat women’s team in a friendly versus the UBC Thunderbirds on Sunday August 19 at 1:00 p.m. The friendly will be played at the Nonis Sports Field on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

• Women’s Basketball

Heather Semeniuk who will be coaching the women’s basketball team for the nineteenth year this fall, spent the spring and early summer coaching the Thompson-Okanagan basketball U14 girls team. The team competed at the B.C. Summer Games in Surrey and finished in fifth place.

• Golf

The 2012 UBC Okanagan Heat Qualifying tournament comes up later this month, the two day qualifying tournament will take place on August 19-20, 2012 at the Okanagan Golf Club. All potential members of the Heat golf team, both male and female, will vie for spots on the roster at the two day event.

Graduated Heat golfer Keith Martin (2009-2011), is enjoying success on the links following his career at UBC Okanagan. Keith won the Ogopogo Invitational last month at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club looks to follow up university career and his big win in Kelowna by hitting the Professional golf ranks in January by playing on the Gateway Tour.

Notable members of the Heat team and their totals at this year’s Ogopogo: Keith Martin (209), William Deck (215), and Cody Bell (219).



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