First-Year Engineering Student Tips Off for the Heat


When the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s basketball team looked to continue building their program for this upcoming season they turned to an engineering student. 

First-year engineering student Owen Keyes will tip off for the Heat this season as one of a number of new faces on the squad.  “I chose this program not just because it is close to home, but because academically the School of Engineering at UBCO is outstanding” says Keyes.  Like all first-year engineering students at the Okanagan campus, Keyes is taking foundation courses before choosing between civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.  “My interests currently lie in physics and chemistry, but I am looking forward to learning more about all three programs.”

Heat Head Coach, Pete Guarasci, says Keyes has all the attributes to becoming a successful student-athlete.  “Academics play an enormous role in a student-athlete’s university experience. It’s important they have satisfaction in their program of choice and stay on their academic path. It’s their first priority while they are a student-athlete. Achieving success in the classroom helps the student-athlete experience success in their sport as they develop into high performance athletes.”

“Owen is in a demanding (Engineering) program” says Guarasci “that requires a great commitment level and is still able to excel and develop on the basketball court.”

Heat basketball starts their season on the road in Victoria at the end of October before tipping off at home November 4 against Thompson Rivers.

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