Lake Country UBCO Heat athletes Ben Magel (from left), Kenzie Wallace and Austin White were among a record 97 UBCO student-athletes named Academic All-Canadians. (UBCO Athletics photos)

Lake Country UBCO Heat athletes Ben Magel (from left), Kenzie Wallace and Austin White were among a record 97 UBCO student-athletes named Academic All-Canadians. (UBCO Athletics photos)

North Okanagan, Lake Country athletes earn Academic All-Canadian status

Five women from North OK and three athletes from Lake Country among record 97 from UBCO honoured

Five North Okanagan women and three Lake Country students are among a record 97 UBC Okanagan student-athletes recognized for academic excellence.

The quintet recognized as Academic All-Canadians includes Coldstream’s Jordan Korol, and Vernon sisters Brianna Falk and Kelsey Falk from the UBCO Heat women’s basketball team, and Heat women’s soccer players Maya Bandy of Coldstream and Maddy Laranjo of Vernon.

From Lake Country, earning All-Canadian academic honours were Austin White of the UBCO men’s cross-country squad, Ben Magel from men’s volleyball and Kenzie Wallace from the Heat’s women’s volleyball team.

All eight achieved an 80 per cent and higher grade point average (GPA) while representing the Heat in interuniversity sport competition in 2019-20.

The recognition ceremony was held virtually. The honourees came together online and were joined by university senior leaders, faculty representatives, coaches, staff and alumni to celebrate their achievements.

The record number of student-athletes honoured for their outstanding achievements in the classroom this year is even more impressive when you consider the actual numbers, noted UBCO Director of Athletics Tom Huisman.

“Of the 212 Heat student-athletes who were eligible for this recognition last year, 97, or 46 per cent of all our student-athletes earned this distinction last year, well above the national average of 30-35 per cent,” he said. “This is both the highest number and highest proportion of student-athletes that have earned this distinction in the 10 years since we became a U SPORTS member.”

To be recognized as Academic All-Canadians, student-athletes need to continue with their high academic achievement while also practising, playing, and travelling with their teams up to 40 hours each week.

Kelsey Falk, Bandy and Wallace were recognized in the study of Bachelor of Science; Brianna Falk is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Laranjo and White are in the field of Bachelor of Human Kinetics; Magel is studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science; Korol was honoured in the Bachelor of Arts field.



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UBC Okanagan North Okanagan student-athletes Brianna Falk (clockwise from top left), Jordan Korol, Kelsey Falk, Maddy Laranjo and Maya Bandy were among the record 97 UBCO student-athletes named Academic All-Canadians. (UBCO photos)

UBC Okanagan North Okanagan student-athletes Brianna Falk (clockwise from top left), Jordan Korol, Kelsey Falk, Maddy Laranjo and Maya Bandy were among the record 97 UBCO student-athletes named Academic All-Canadians. (UBCO photos)