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July 2021 

July not only allows us to celebrate Canada Day but also an opportunity to celebrate desserts... because why not? National Apple Turnover Day (July 5th), National Strawberry Sundae Day (July 7th), National Pecan Pie Day (July 12th), and National Cheesecake Day (July 30th) are just a few days to mark down in your calendar.

During the Summer, I love working off all of the baked good consumption through sports. I've been playing Ultimate frisbee for a length of time that may out-date some of the readers of this newsletter. Through my personal and professional ambitions, my position at UBC Okanagan is something I very much love to do. I am the Competitive Sport Club & Community Program Coordinator. My position allows me to support competitive student-athletes in pursuing excellence, not only within their sport, but within the classroom, and out in the community.

Make sure to check out our Competitive Sport Club programs, our Community Outreach initiatives, and also all our awesome Jr. Heat programming at

Marty Nedjelski

Competitive Sport Club & Community Program Coordinator


In this issue:

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Updates & Announcements

Run with Rachel 

  • Congratulations to all participants who completed either the 5km or 10km Run with Rachel program. 
  • If you are looking for another running challenge, don't forget to complete your 10km during Run with Rec!

Member Connect Story

  • Share some uplifting words with the recreation community about your experience with recreation, physical activity, or summer adventures!

Which UBCO U-Sport team are you most excited to see compete again?



Fitness Staff Highlight

Maria Raitt

Maria teaches Spin, Cardio & Core and Bums & Tums. 

She is a CFES Group Fitness Instructor and is a 5th year Bachelor of Human Kinetics student here at UBCO.

When Maria is not teaching, she likes to stay active by hiking or backpacking in the summer, skiing in the winter and hanging out with her dogs. 

Bree Naka

Bree teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga. 

She has her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and her Bachelor of Psychology and Education.

When Bree isn't teaching Yoga you can find her outdoors either hiking, biking or running around with her dog. 



Josée Kreese

Josée teaches Power Yoga, Flow Yoga, and Yin & Yan Yoga.

She has her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), 300 YTT, and a Bachelor of Science.

When Josée isn't teaching, you can find her exploring Kelowna, at the gym, or studying.

Virtual Fitness 

Click below to check out the virtual fitness class schedule. Try a new class! We offer Bootcamp, Vinyasa Yoga, Staff & Faculty Strength Class, and more!

Class Schedule

Also, visit UBCO Recreation’s YouTube channel for recorded workouts!


Virtual Events & Programs

FORTNITE Tournament

Register with UBCO's Esport team for a Fortnite Tournament hosted by CCEL. This is a competitive video gaming league in partnership with Canadian Universities.

The CCEL provides opportunities for everyone from beginners to experts in a given title.

Date: July 17th


Check out the promo video!

Virtual Run/Walk with Rec!

LAST CHANCE to join UBCO Recreation for a virtual run or walk of 3km, 5km, 10km, 21km, or 42km! 

Email to receive a completion certificate and be entered to win a hoodie!

 Cheer on members by joining our Strava Club!

The final dates to complete this race are June 28th - July 4th



On-Campus Events & Programs  

Facility Hours

July Facility Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: 6:45am - 8:00pm
  • Friday - Sunday: 8:00am - 6:00pm

We anticipate a lot of changes to happen within the first week of July as BC moves into Step 3 of the Restart Plan. More information will be announced as soon as possible, so be sure to follow us on Instagram for updates!

Physical Activity Mentorship Program (PAMP)

This is a free 6-week program designed for students who would like to improve their mental and physical health or those who are new to physical activity. Virtual or in-person options are available. 

The deadline to register for the summer session is July 9th!

A referral into the program is required. Check below for more details.

More Information

Open Gym

Starting July 1st we will transition from Register & Play to Open Gym, meaning registration will no longer be required! Current protocols are in place until the end of June.

Participants will be required to check-in at the Customer Service desk before entering the gym. 2 people maximum per hoop and one-on-one is allowed.

Face coverings are recommended. Participants may access the facility for open gym anytime there is not a scheduled booking or unscheduled cleaning/maintenance.

Gym Schedule

Heat Summer Camps

Spaces are filling up quickly for basketball and volleyball camps! These camps will focus on teaching youths aged 9 to 18 fundamental sport skills in an exciting, game-like learning environment. Athletes of all skill levels welcome.

Dates: July 12th to August 27th
Time: 9am-12pm or 1-4pm
Location: UBCO Gymnasium



Off-Campus Events & Programs 

Nine & Dine at Kelowna Springs

The cost is $38 (tax included) and includes an $11 food voucher to Legends Classic Grill! Tee times start at 5:52 pm and continue at 8-minute intervals until 6:48 pm

Date: Friday, July 23rd
Time: 5:52 - 6:48 pm
Location: Kelowna Springs Golf Club


Work of Art Pottery

Work of Art Pottery is coming August 19th from 6-8 pm 

Learn different painting techniques and designs. Choose from a wide selection of products, such as mugs, bowls, plates, planters, and much more!

Keep an eye out for a registration link coming soon on our website and Instagram!

Work of Art Pottery

Golf Lessons with Okanagan Golf Club

Golf lessons have been very popular so they are continuing throughout July! Register before they sell out! Group lessons are a great way to learn all aspects of the game with your friends in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. 

$79 for students; $99 for staff/faculty *includes four, 1-hour sessions on Monday nights

Date: July 12 to August 2
Time: 6 to 7pm or 7:15 to 8:15pm
Location: Okanagan Golf Club


Paddleboarding Lessons

Get out on the lake this summer with Okanagan Paddle Centre! They are offering 3 paddleboarding lessons on Sunday afternoons for $65 ($45 for students). Try a new activity or enhance your skills in paddleboarding! 

Date: August 8th, 15th, & 22nd
Time: 1 - 2:30 pm
Location: Okanagan Paddle Centre


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