Local football player joins UNBC Timberwolves for 2022

A local soccer player will play the highest level of varsity soccer in Canada.

Kaitlyn Anderson of Comox Valley will play with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Timberwolves for the next Canada West and U SPORTS season.

The 17-year-old got the job after visiting a prospect camera in November and was able to train alongside the Timberwolves and be coached by coach Neil Sedgwick.

She says the decision is very exciting and she looks forward to the new experience.

“I’m really excited. Very happy to be in a new place, to have new experiences, to be with a new team, to meet new people,” said Anderson.

“Honestly, it was very surreal until I signed the letter of intent and then I sat down and thought wow, this is happening. I’m really excited, and I’m very happy. I can’t wait to be there. “

She said the decision to move to the Timberwolves was aided by the welcoming attitude and community spirit of the team. She will look forward to improving in the new team environment.

“I really hope to grow as a player, to grow as a person and the results that I get after the five years that I just want to be better than today,” she said. “I have a feeling that with the coach I’m going to come in with and the team I’m joining, it’s something that’s going to happen.”

Anderson is a product of the Upper Island Riptide program and has competed in the Vancouver Island Premier League. The Timberwolves currently have two graduates from the program, Sidney Elliot and Camryn Cline.

The Timberwolves coach says he’s thrilled to have Anderson on the team because of his driver for improvement.

“She has a real appetite to improve herself every day in training, as she continues to look for new lessons and new growth,” said Sedgwick. “I can’t wait to add a player and someone of her caliber. Kaitlyn will suit our surroundings perfectly, and we’re happy to have her in green and gold.

Anderson plays in multiple positions and was named Athlete of the Year three times throughout high school at Highland Secondary.

She plans to study science with the aim of pursuing a career as a medical psychiatrist.

She tells young athletes to never give up and keep going.

“It’s just really important that you keep trying, you keep trying because you never know where you can end up or things you might do by getting out there,” she added.

She says she would like to thank her mother for her support in school and all of her friends who have helped her get to where she is today.

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