Kelowna, BC - Head coach Bobby Mitchell continues to build the Heat women's basketball program and is one step closer to doing so with the addition of 5'7" guard Mira Witt from Saskatoon, SK.
Witt will graduate from Aden Bowman Collegiate this spring and has had plenty of success at both the high school and club level. She has been a member of the Saskatoon Steel Club program since 2014 under the tutelage of head coach Dean Wiebe and has multiple team success with the club. They finished second in the U17 Saskatchewan Provincials along with claiming the U17 Prairie Dog Classic Champions this season.
Once she arrives on campus, the Saskatchewan product will enter the Human Kinetics program at UBCO in hopes of pursuing a career in sports medicine or a related field after her degree. In high school, she has been an honour student since 2015, including being named to the High Honour roll this past school year.
With her high school team, the Bowman Bears, she would help them to the 5A Senior Girls Gold Division Champions along with the Saskatoon 5A Senior Girls Champions, Totem Hoop Classic 2017 Champions and the Edmonton 5A Senior Girls City Champions 2017/2018.
"I chose to come to UBCO because of the beautiful campus, competitive women's basketball program, and the strong academics, specifically in the area of Human Kinetics. After speaking with the coaches of the team I was impressed by how similar the coaching philosophy was in relation to my approach to the game," said Witt. "I met the players during a quick trip to Kelowna and felt welcomed by the supportive and hardworking team atmosphere. I also have family in the Okanagan area and have visited lake country since I was young, making Kelowna like a second home to me."
"I am excited to play for the Heat because I love basketball and I am always looking for ways to grow in my game. From the beginning coach Mitchell was supportive and enthusiastic about the potential of the team and my ability to contribute to it as a member, and I cannot wait to compete, work hard, and make an impact next season."
Coach Bobby Mitchell on Witt's commitment:
"Mira loves to play defence and the challenge of defending the other team's top guards, she prides herself on this and we welcome that attitude," said Mitchell. "Mira is a very athletic guard who can get up and down the floor, and fits very well with the type of basketball we are moving towards. Mira is always looking for ways to get better and it will be exciting to watch and be a part of that growth for years to come."
Witt will finish up her career at Aiden Bowman this year and then head to the Okanagan to join the Heat with the three other signed recruits. Joining Witt in the backcourt amongst the recruits is Jenessa Knapp from Langley, another lower mainland player, 6-foot three post, Emily Instant, the fourth recruit inked for 2019 is Vernon standout, Kelsey Falk.