PRINCE GEORGE, B.C.
The University of Northern British Columbia’s Women’s soccer program has made a splash, committing dynamic midfielder Kiana Swift for the 2018-2019 season.
Swift, who is entering her Grade 12 year at Mt. Douglas Secondary School in Victoria, is a highly touted athlete. She says joining the Timberwolves is a thrilling step in her soccer journey.
“I’m really excited to be a part of the UNBC soccer program, and be part of the community in Prince George,” she said. “Visiting the campus was really enlightening. Everyone I interacted with made me feel so welcomed.”
The powerful midfielder made the trip to UNBC in June, and was able to interact with her future teammates.
“The girls were all really genuine, and each of them was passionate about soccer. That was a trait I was looking for in a program when I made my decision.”
TWolves coach Neil Sedgwick has worked with Swift since she was 12-years-old, and points to her competitiveness and dedication as factors in her path from youth soccer, to the BCSPL, to the B.C. Provincial team.
“She has proven herself at every level as a strong decision maker and a strong contributor. She has an incredible work ethic, and a high level of maturity as a soccer player and an individual.”
The early commitment to UNBC allows Swift to focus on the parts of her game that will need to be refined, prior to stepping onto a Canada West pitch. That, the 16-year-old says, is a challenge she fully accepts.
“I’m going to be looking to improve my fitness. I don’t want that to be a factor that affects me on the field. I want to work on heading the ball, winning the ball in the air, and gaining possession of the ball in the midfield.”
Swift currently plays with the Vancouver Island Wave program, and trains with Epic Academy in Victoria. She credits both with her development on the pitch.
“The concepts I have learned and play with originated from those programs. Everyone I have met through the Wave and Epic has made soccer a positive experience, and why I continue to play the game today.”
Known for her willingness to compete, Swift understands the culture Sedgwick is establishing at UNBC, and says it fits her playing style and mentality perfectly.
“I am a very competitive individual. I love to possess and distribute the ball, and I love to advance forward.”
With the Timberwolves preparing for the upcoming Canada West season, Sedgwick points to Swift’s commitment as an enormously positive step for the program.
“She knows exactly what she wants. She wants to contribute to the growth of the program, and it is huge to have Kiana commit. This is just the beginning of what will be an extremely strong 2018 recruiting class for the UNBC Timberwolves.”