WSOC: Talented fullback Kirkness commits to TWolves for 2019

December 6, 2018

The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s soccer team took a big step towards bolstering its roster, officially committing Kalista Kirkness for the 2019-2010 Canada West season.

The native of Chilliwack decided to join the Timberwolves after a pair of visits to UNBC campus in Prince George. She was able to tour the facilities, including the Northern Sport Centre, watch a TWolves game, and witness the team’s approach to training.

“Coming into this, I didn’t know a ton about UNBC, so being exposed to campus, and meeting some of the girls, everything clicked for me right away. Neil is an awesome coach, and seeing how much this team has grown was really important to me. To join a growing program where everyone is so connected is really cool.”

A five-foot-eight fullback, Kirkness says the chance to realize a longtime dream was a great opportunity. She was exposed to Timberwolves coach Neil Sedgwick’s approach when he was a guest instructor for her team, Coastal FC of the BCSPL.

“Soccer has been my life since I was four years old. When Neil came and ran a session with our team, it became clear this was something I wanted to do. I pursued it, and to be a part of a varsity team like this is really amazing. I am really proud of being able to play at this level, and I am really excited.”

Sedgwick says his new fullback has not only the physical attributes to be an impact player at the U SPORTS level, but also the character and focus that will be beneficial in her time as a Timberwolf.

“Every time I see Kalista, she has grown enormously as a player. She has a true appetite to develop, and I am excited to see her continue to grow. As she continues to receive strong coaching through Coastal, I fully expect her to arrive in August fully ready to help us grow the program.”

Set to graduate from Sardis Secondary in June, the 17-year-old projects to be a major asset for a TWolves program that has made the Canada West playoffs in consecutive seasons. She is confident her time at Coastal FC will be useful when adapting to the university game.

“I really appreciate how technically they play, coming from the environment I currently play in. Being able to grow over the past year, and joining a program with shared values is important to me. I like how we play the game. They set a really high standard, so I am excited to work as hard as I can and, hopefully, see the field.”

The honour roll student has plans to enroll in Bio Medical studies at UNBC. As for a scouting report on herself, the lively Kirkness points to her readiness to learn, and her readiness to compete as major attributes. She will join her new Timberwolves teammates at training camp in summer of 2019.

“I am really looking to grow in my technical ability. I am a good passer, but I am looking to improve on my one-on-one skills. I love to release and get up on the attack. Plus, I am gritty. If someone hits, they can expect it back. I am excited.”