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Nicholas Reitsma

Nicholas Reitsma

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?

UBC Okanagan

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee

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?

Grey - Goalkeepers with the special perks

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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Rebecca Reitsma

Rebecca Reitsma

Starting her career as a rare two-sport athlete at UBCO, Rebecca Reitsma starred with the Heat golf team in her first year while redshirting with the Heat women’s volleyball program.

A strong first year with the golf team, Reitsma won one of her four league tournaments on her way to a team provincial gold medal.  Rebecca finished third in the province last year, and she and her teammates finished with a national bronze medal.

This fall the Aberdeen Hall grad focused solely on golf and featured in the inaugural Canada West golf championships this past October at the Okanagan Golf and Country Club.

“Picking UBCO was an easy choice to make,” explained Reitsma, whose older brother Nich plays keeper on the Heat men’s soccer team. “The campus is a perfect size and they offered the program I was most interested in. The golf program has done some rebuilding in the last few years and I thought it would be a great opportunity to be a part of such an important period of growth.”

UBC Okanagan or UBCO?

UBCO

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee

The Song that has to be played on your warmup playlist?

Hot shower 

Blue or white? What is your preferred uniform colour to wear?

White, it just looks so good with the blue collar as well ��

Favourite place to study?

In Fipke, right by the Starbucks

Favourite Heat sport to watch?

Volleyball

Would you rather write a final exam or a 10-page paper?

Final Exam

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