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Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell, who hails from the small town of Fernie, BC, will be the standard-bearer for the Heat men’s cross country program going forward. He has run his last race for UBCO as he graduated this past spring. Mitchell set the bar high for performance with his racing over the past five years, culminating in an outstanding senior season that saw him receive the top award for a graduating male athlete at UBCO.

Mitchell, who graduated from the school of engineering and has now entered the master's program at UBCO, is the first men's cross country runner at UBCO to win a major school athletic award. His growth as a runner coincided with the growth of the program that took him from competition at the collegiate level to U SPORTS — the highest level of post-secondary sport in the country — that earned him recognition as the top male graduating Heat athlete in his final season. He raced to a Canada West All-Star both years competing in that conference. 

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Always keeping things light, Mitchell's immediate response when asked 'Why UBCO' was "To try and get my Grade 10." But he quickly added, for a more serious response, this is why I choose UBCO. "Small class sizes, great academics and the ability to compete as an athlete."

UBC Okanagan or UBCO?

UBCO

Coffee or Tea?

Tea

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

 Anything by Taylor Swift  

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

Whichever makes me look faster

Favourite place to study?

 Sunshine cafe, for the snacks 

Favourite Heat sport to watch?

Soccer

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

Final Exam 


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Jordan Korol

Jordan Korol

Looking at the top graduating athletes from this past season for this batch of featured athletes bring us the female UBCO graduating athlete of the year. 

As a  student-athlete at UBCO, Jordan Korol finished her career as accomplished as any to put on the Heat uniform. This 5-year standout of the women’s basketball team followed up her record-setting 2018-19 season - where she captured UBCO's outstanding athlete of the year - with a strong final year in the blue and gold to seize the graduating athlete award.

The leading rebounder in the school's history with 752 boards, Korol also hit top five in scoring at UBCO with 840 total points. Last year, not only did she become the first UBCO player to average a double-double but Korol also took home the school's first Canada West major award. For her outstanding athletic achievement along with academic success, and community service, Korol was the 2018-19 recipient of the Sylvia Sweeney Award.

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Off to law school this fall after finishing her BA as a Philosophy, Politics and Economics major, the women's basketball record-setter found the choice easy to stay near her home and complete her undergrad. 

“The opportunity to be part of such an outstanding student-athlete community made my decision to attend UBCO an easy one. The amazing players I trained and competed with on a daily basis shaped me into the athlete I am today.”

UBC Okanagan or UBCO?

UBCO

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee 

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

 International Love by Pitbull !!   

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

 Blue because it hides the sweat better than the white (and some of my teammates (i.e. Brianna Falk) are very sweaty)   

Favourite place to study?

 The Commons! I love how bright it is.

Favourite Heat sport to watch?

 Volleyball, it gets pretty intense.

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

 10-page paper (if you're smart you include 8 graphs and end up only writing 4 pages)    


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