Nicholas Reitsma has the distinction of being the first student-athlete to play for the Heat after graduating Kelowna’s Aberdeen Preparatory Hall.
Reitsma, who did a great job in the net for UBCO this past season. He led the Canada West conference this past year in minutes played and save percentage and was tied for third in shutouts with six. As good as he was in net, Reitsma was even better in the classroom and in the community.
Not only is he a recipient of multiple Academic All-Canadian awards, but Reitsma’s outstanding work in the community earned him the Canada West men's soccer Student-Athlete Community Service award for the 2019-20 season.
To win the student-athlete community service award from the conference—one of three major awards in men's soccer for student-athletes—a student must have outstanding achievements in three areas: soccer, academics and community involvement.
A tireless worker, Reitsma said he elected to stay in Kelowna for his university studies because of the outstanding academics and the athletic opportunities.
"I chose UBCO not only because of the quality of education but because I believe in the program we are continually developing and in love with the Okanagan. I saw an opportunity to combine a world-class education with athletic pursuit while living in one of the most beautiful places in the world and I took it,” said Reitsma, whose younger sister plays for the Heat golf team.
UBCO or UBC Okanagan?
Coffee or Tea?
The Song that has to be played on your warmup playlist?
Intro - The XX
Blue or white? What is your preferred uniform colour to wear? Why?
Favourite place to study?
Commons building for sure, nice and quiet
Favourite Heat sport to watch besides your own?
Volleyball, so fast paced and exciting
Would you rather write a final exam or a 10-page paper?
Either, but I've done way more exams than papers
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