Owen Harris

Owen Harris

Owen is one of the few cross country runners at UBCO who has been a part of the transition from the collegiate league to the university sport level. In his first year, the OKM grad, he was the second-fastest Heat runner at the CCAA national championships in Blainville, QB. In his second year, he was one of just three male runners to have a strong enough qualifying time at the Canada West championships to be able to compete at the U SPORTS national championship in Kingston, Ont. The Okanagan Athletics Club product, this past November, once again qualified for the U SPORTS national championships in Kingston. Owen improved his showing by 20 spots in just one season. He is also one of only two members of the Heat cross country teams, both male and female, to compete at a national championship for the past three seasons. Graduating athlete of the year, Mike Mitchell is the other. 

Although there will be no conference championship this fall for the runners, new coach Malindi Elmore has Owen and a full squad ready to train at Big White Ski Resort for much of the fall.  The team will train at altitude, and utilize this unique opportunity - one that wouldn't have happened if it weren't for COVID.

Although he is not in the lab as much as he would like, Owen does have an exciting job this summer, even in today's COVID world. Currently, he has been working in one of the labs on campus (Neuromuscular Healthy Exercise and Aging Lab - HEAL) performing research, although it has all been remote-work so a lot of time on his laptop at home.  

Why is he at UBCO, Owen found it easy to answer.

“The opportunity to join a rapidly expanding cross country program, while also receiving a top-notch education in Human Kinetics made UBCO an obvious fit for my post-secondary education.”

UBC Okanagan or UBCO?

UBCO

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee

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

Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar

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

White

Favourite place to study?

2nd Floor Library

Favourite Heat sport to watch?

Volleyball

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

Final Exam


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Sadie Taylor-Parks

Sadie Taylor-Parks

A truly local product, Sadie Taylor-Parks is a blue and gold diehard who has been in the UBCO gym playing volleyball for many years. Summer camps, high school tournaments, Jr. Heat club volleyball and know a starting spot with the Heat varsity program Sadie Taylor-Parks is a true Kelowna volleyball player. The KSS grad had her finest season in 2019-20, finishing second on the team in blocks (65) and setting a career-high in kills with 77. 

Sadie started all but one match this season, and as good as her work on the court has been for UBCO, her work in the classroom has generated even more accolades. In all three seasons, Sadie Taylor-Parks has been selected as a U SPORTS Academic All-Canadain.  

Growing up in Kelowna, Sadie always knew where she wanted to be, making the choice easy for her.

“UBCO is home to me. After being a part of the Jr. Heat program for years I knew that UBCO was where I needed to be.”

UBC Okanagan or UBCO?

UBCO

Coffee or Tea?

Tea. But really my answer would be hot chocolate instead of tea or coffee

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

Handclap by Fitz and the Tantrums.

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

White. I like the way it looks with the rest of our uniform

Favourite place to study?

COM- it’s so nice and open with big windows that don’t make it feel like you are trapped inside all day

Favourite Heat sport to watch?

Basketball 

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

10 page paper


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