KIN Alumni Newsletter

June 28, 2019 | Volume VII

KIN PhD student Nikolaus Dean explores the attitudes toward concussion among surfers on BCs coast

Nikolaus Dean suffered a debilitating concussion playing varsity lacrosse during his first year of university. His post-concussion symptoms persisted for a year before doctors cleared him to return to the sport he loved. After his first practice back, he decided the risk wasn’t worth it and walked away.

Since then, the UBC kinesiology PhD student has taken up surfing and academic research. For his master’s thesis, he explored attitudes toward concussion among surfers on B.C.’s west coast, where the Surf Canada Nationals and Olympic trials were held on May 10-15 in Tofino. More


Alastair Hodges BHK 1998, PhD 2006

Former tree-planter and forest firefighter is now Dean of Health Sciences at UFV, studies relationship between adaptations of pulmonary system and heavy exercise. More

Ling Pai BHK 2007

Legally blind competitive surfer and champion of the Canadian National Adaptive Surfing team works as an exercise physiologist in chronic disease and cardio rehab. More


KIN Alumni Survey Highlights

Many thanks to those of you who filled in the digital Alumni Survey we sent out last March! We saw a 9.01% response rate, with 374 respondents.

Did you know the top career field for those who graduated 2009 to 2019 is healthcare, while the top career field for those who graduated 2008 and prior is teaching? 

To check out other KIN alumni survey highlights, click here

Your Event Recaps

Creating Champions | June 13, 2019

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend Creating Champions! We had a wonderful time meeting you all, and we hope you left with valuable insight as to how the High Performance Coaching and Technical leadership program is making waves in the world of sport, spearheading coaching innovation, and developing the next generation of coaches and technical leaders for Canada. Photos from Creating Champions can be found here.

If you were unable to attend, or if you would like to hear the panel discussion again, please find the Creating Champions podcast recording here. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and other interested contacts!

Thank you, and we hope to see some of you enrolled soon!

Young Alumni Summer Social | June 24, 2019

On June 24, the Young Alumni Advisory Group hosted its second social of the year, and enjoyed the eclectic tunes of Michael Averill, BHK 2006, at Brix & Mortar in Yaletown. Congratulations to Jacqueline on winning our $30 Brix & Mortar gift card door prize, and thank you to Michael for the generous donation!

Thank you to all who attended and took the time to get to know each other! Stay tuned for the next alumni social!

Your Young Alumni representatives,

Sarah Richter, BKin 2017 & Yingying Zhao, BKin 2019

KIN Convocation Reception | May 23, 2019

On May 23, KIN alumna Sara Hodson, BHK 2002, delivered a speech to the new KIN grads of 2019.

"Today if anything just remember the word reach. Reach forward and reach high and I have no doubt that you will achieve that. Stay grounded, reach down and be present. Accept the moment that we are in. You have so many years ahead of you, stay grounded and be in the present moment." More

Upcoming Events

Homecoming Weekend | September 14 (details TBA)
Running Free: Screening & Discussion | September 18 (details TBA)

Homecoming | September 14, 2019

The School of Kinesiology invites all alumni and their families to come to Homecoming day on Saturday, September 14, 2019. It’s an exciting time to welcome students to campus, welcome back alumni, reconnect with friends and classmates, start some new traditions, and really show our school spirit!

Please stay tuned for further details! To catch a sneakpeek of what Homecoming will bring, click here.

Running Free | September 18, 2019

How far did you roam as a kid? The documentary 'Running Free: Children's Independent Mobility' is brought to you by UBC School of Kinesiology, and supported by Alumni UBC and the Faculty Arts. Don't miss the film screening and panel discussion. Mark your calendars for September 18, 2019, 6pm-9:30pm, in the Jack Poole Hall of the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre!

More event details coming soon. To watch the trailer, click here.


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Alumni Engagement Office
UBC School of Kinesiology

T: 604 822 9378