It’s a new era for the University of British Columbia Okanagan Heat women’s basketball program, and they’ve begun it by adding one of the top players in the province. Emily Instant of Heritage Woods has committed to UBCO for next season, marking interim head coach Bobby Mitchell start at the helm of the program. It is his first signing since becoming interim head coach.
“Emily brings a hard working and winning attitude to the program” said Mitchell on his latest signing. “Along with her athletic ability and quickness Emily is a great fit for what we are building.”
“Emily is a very versatile player who had many options for her post secondary choices and decided on going to UBCO and trying to help build up the program along with coach Bobby Mitchell” said Anthony Beyrouti, head coach of her club team VK Basketball. “She has grown her game so quickly and I expect many great things from her this year and continue that at the next level. The sky really is the limit for her with her great personality and work ethic!”
Even Emily herself could not contain her excitement about joining the Heat.
“I chose to go to UBCO because they showed a great amount of support and confidence in me from the very start” said Instant on why she chose the Heat. “I am excited to be part of a growing basketball program and strongly believe I will be a good fit on the team. UBCO is a great fit for me academically as I am pursuing a career in Nursing and I believe they have on of the best programs.”
Last year Instant was a key member of a Heritage Woods team that made it to the Provincial Tournament for the first time in its schools history. She was also part of the VK U17 team that won BballNationals in August. Emily will start her collegiate career in the fall of 2019.
Written by: Nick Bondi