Since joining the Heat in 2016-17, after a year at the University of Colorado, Lea has done nothing but succeed playing for her hometown team as a former graduate of Kelowna Secondary and the Junior Heat Club volleyball program.
She has been a finalist for the UBC Okanagan Female Athlete of the Year in back-to-back seasons and was named a Second Team U SPORTS All-Canadian last season. This All-Canadian honour is just the third in school history.
In 2016-17 she set a school record for hitting percentage in a season at .350 and has also been one of the top blockers in recent memory with at least 70 blocks in all three of her seasons with the team.
She currently owns a .304 career hitting percentage in her time with the Heat which will set a new school-record and sits top-15 all time in Canada West history.
In a must-win playoff scenario in Calgary in 2017, Lea had her best match, an all-timer, for the Heat when she scored 28.5 points a top-4 mark in conference history. Finishing with 19 kills on an efficient .457 hitting percentage, as well as a game-high 10 total blocks, and three aces to keep the Heat's season alive and propelling them to a Final Four.
Aidan is in rare air as a student-athlete at UBCO, she is one of the few competing at the national level while competing for her university. Both in the summer of 2017 and 2018, Lea has been on the Senior Women's National Team in volleyball for Team Canada, in 2017 she competed for the Maple Leaf at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei.
This spring Lea will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts, she was also a starter on the 2017-18 team that competed at the U SPORTS national championship in Quebec City.
Lea on her time with the UBCO program:
The ceremony honouring the players between the games: