KELOWNA, BC - A season of being out-rebounded by double digits in every game will be a thing of the past as Claire Meadows continues to add size to her roster by bringing in 6'1" post Amanda Pearson.
From Surrey, BC and a soon to be graduate of Fraser Heights Secondary, Pearson hails from an athletic family with a sister playing basketball at McMaster and both parents being provincial level athletes.
Pearson averaged 19.5 points per game this past year for Fraser Heights playing league games in the AA Fraser Valley South League where she was both a Fraser Valley and Surrey Valley All-Star and a member of the Surrey Firefighter Tournament Dream Team for 2017-18.
Playing high level club basketball, Pearson was a member of the BC's Finest squad from 2015 through 2017 and travelled extensively throughout the US and Canada for games. Pearson has also been a part of the AthElite program since 2011.
With that level of training and exposure and showing potential Pearson found herself as one of the Top 20 Grade 12 players in BC, as listed by BC Sports Hub.
UBC Okanagan Heat women's basketball and Canada Junior U18 women's national team head coach, Claire Meadows, looks forward to the addition of the multi-talented Pearson.
"We are very excited to add Amanda to our roster," states Meadows speaking on behalf of her coaching staff. "In addition to being an excellent student, Amanda has played a lot of competitive basketball and has had a successful club and high school career. Amanda will add some much needed size to our roster and a scoring presence inside."
Loving the Kelowna lifestyle Pearson has decided to attend UBC Okanagan beginning in general studies with a desire to purse a course that she is passionate about.
To immerse in the UBC Okanagan experience Pearson, who also stared on the soccer pitch as a centre-back for Coastal FC in BCSPL, will live on-campus in her first year.
"I chose UBCO because of the beautiful campus (who doesn't love Kelowna), the awesome people, and the hardworking basketball," says Pearson. "I'm really excited to kickoff my university experience playing for an amazing basketball program and I can't wait to contribute to the team on and off the court."
Pearson at 6'1" joins another 6'1" post, Vernon's Mackenzie Horst, as newcomers this fall as well as two 5'10" newcomers in Emma Huff a CEGP transfer from Quebec and Gabby Kukura, a 5'10" wing player from Regina, Saskatchewan.