The University of British Columbia

Athletics and Recreation to host Fall Success Celebration on Friday, January 21

Women's golf, women's softball and women's cross country will be recognized for their success on Friday night (Photo credits: Rich Lam/Julie Pringle-Snap Photography/GetMyPhoto.ca-HuskieAthletics)
Women's golf, women's softball and women's cross country will be recognized for their success on Friday night (Photo credits: Rich Lam/Julie Pringle-Snap Photography/GetMyPhoto.ca-HuskieAthletics)

KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan department of athletics and recreation will host their first Fall Success Celebration on Friday night, January 21, when the Heat basketball teams host the UNBC Timberwolves at the UBCO Gymnasium.

Tipoff for the games is set at 5 p.m. for the women's game and 7 p.m. for the men's game.

After an unprecedented run of success this past Fall by the Heat, the department will honour the national championship women's softball team, Canada West silver medalist's women's golf and women's cross country, along with other Fall sports individual award winners.

The teams and individuals will have the opportunity to be recognized by the home crowd at The Furnace during halftime of the men's game.

Women's softball won the Canadian Collegiate Softball Association (CCSA) Championship at their home field back in October when they defeated the St. Clair College Saints 5-4 in extra innings in the gold medal game. The win capped off a season in which the team went 23-2-1, including an impressive 6-0 mark at the national championship, in just their second season of competition.

Women's golf became just the second UBCO team in school history to win a Canada West medal when they claimed silver at the Squamish Valley golf club in October. Led by Kendra Jones-Munk, Emily Cornwall and Kayleigh Trowman, who all secured Top 10 finishes on the individual leaderboard, the Heat finished behind only the UBC Thunderbirds in the team leaderboard. Their score of 30-over par secured the Heat their first conference medal since women's volleyball won silver in 2015-16.

Three weeks later, the women's cross country team made it three Canada West medals in school history when they also won silver at the conference championships in Saskatoon. Thanks to a one-two finish from Olympian Joanna Brown and exchange student Lauren McNeil, the Heat finished with 60 team points, good for second place behind the UBC Thunderbirds. Brown would go on to be named the Canada West Athlete of the Year while McNeil took home conference rookie of the year recognition.

Rounding out the list of recognition will be four student-athletes who earned individual honours from their respective playing associations. Stefanie Young and Nicholas Reitsma, from women's and men's soccer, will be honoured for being named Canada West Second Team All-Stars, along with men's cross country runner Connor Baerg. Men's rugby's Finn Hussey will be recognized after being named the Prairies U Men's Rugby Rookie of the Year.

Fans wishing to attend the games can purchase tickets at the door 30 minutes prior to tipoff. Heat home games are currently operating at a 50 percent capacity limit and a valid proof of vaccination QR code from BC or the Federal government is required to enter the facility. Masks must also be also be worn.