Sturgeon Heights (Winnipeg) grad Kiril Kleinerman to head to the Okanagan after two seasons of Manitoba Major League
Dalton Dietrich, a defensive tackle out of Lord Tweedsmuir High School in Surrey is the club's first commit of 2014. We talked to Dalton February 9
Okanagan Sun head coach Shane Beatty and his staff began recruiting for the season immediately following the club's exit for the conference play-offs last October.
Recruiting visits that have already seen Beatty and company in Vancouver, Alberta and Saskatchewan sees them in Winnipeg this weekend.
We talked to Shane about the Winnipeg trip and recruiting in general
MISSION AND VALUES – OKANGAN SUN FOOTBALL 2014…and forward
MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a comprehensive athletic program that emphasizes the development of lifelong values and skills. The foundation of the program will be hard work, sportsmanship and service to the community. All Okanagan Sun players will be held accountable for being an exemplary model on the field, and in the community.
CORE VALUES: The core values combined with hard work, dedication and commitment can provide a solid foundation for the players throughout the football season and will benefit the players beyond their junior career and throughout their lives.
BUILDING THE COMPLETE PLAYER
COMMITMENT/PERSEVERENCE – To common goals and to being successful
For every group endeavor, each individual bears responsibility and plays a critical role in reaching the common goal. Commitment is about making significant effort to the tasks entrusted to you that further the common good. Hard work and persistence is the trademark of a successful program.
HUMILITY- The willingness to learn, in order to be a great athlete
A bad attitude is evidence of a lack of humility. Being teachable will ensure that whatever truth will be received in order to improve. It is the student of football who will learn how to reach their greatest potential.
UNITY/WHOLENESS – Giving more to others than you take, and coming together as never before.
This means each individual must put the needs of the team above themselves, everyone has a role and no one roll is greater than another. Your teammates are your family.
TRUST/INTEGRITY – Courage is the ultimate expression of integrity by taking selfless risks for the good of others. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the absence of self.
We strive for high moral character, honor, respect and honesty in all our actions, realizing the strength of a community is based on the integrity of its members. Courage moves us to risk for others, for a greater cause.
SERVICE/GENEROSITY- Few investments in life are as important as giving of our time. Generosity and serving create an environment of health and creates strength in the community.
The Okanagan Sun organization serves as role models and leaders connecting to the local community through acts of service. Community service opportunities will be provided throughout the season to create and foster life enhancing reciprocal relationships to create strong and meaningful community.
RESPECT/WISDOM- Wisdom begins at connecting the dots between the quality of our decisions and the quality of our lives. The decisions you make today create the future you will live tomorrow.
Okanagan Sun players must respect themselves, their teammates and their community. Respect yourself and your body to gain respect from others. This includes avoiding drugs, abusing alcohol, and not engaging in behaviors that diminishes you or your teams reputation.
EXCELLENCE- Excellence is not an act, but a habit, lived out every day as a player and person.
Okanagan Sun players should strive for excellence in everything they do both on and off the field. A clear devotion to the Core Values will be the key to this end. By combining the competitive spirit and sportsmanship we develop as teammates, our goal is to win and excel at the highest level while acting and competing in a way that reflects our core values.
Okanagan Sun players benefit from a rich and living tradition forged by all the efforts of all those who have come before us. Our personal and team successes add to the growing pride we share with Okanagan Sun community. Through leadership, determination and commitment we build on the Okanagan Sun tradition and instill pride in Okanagan Sun Athletics that remain throughout a lifetime.
Last week at this time, dawn may have finally broken for the Okanagan Sun and their CIS aspirations.
A party of three from the Canada West which included executive director Diane St. Denis, and representatives from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary along with the City of Kelowna and UBC-Okanagan toured the Apple Bowl last Thursday guided by Sun president Paul Carson. Full story
We don't normally update on the love lives our our alumnus but thought this one was pretty cool.
2013 Sun grad Jack Rush and fiance Evelyn were in New York at Times Square and the New York Times snapped this pic of them. Congrats guys, that ones a keeper!
While the entire Okanagan Sun roster continues its off season training in preparation for the 2014 season, a pair of Winnipegers are at home rehabbing injuries as well.
Quarterback Theo Deezar (St. Pauls) may have appeared 100% healthy to outsiders this past season but was in reality playing with a foot that had a broken bone that was actually suffered the previous February while at home training in Winnipeg.
Deezar says he discovered the issue of a “sore foot” was more serious than he though during Sun practice in August and that the 5th metatarsal bone in his foot had been broken for some time;
“During practice someone stepped on my foot and it just wasn’t getting better like it should, it felt weird. The Sun training staff sent me to the team doctor for x-rays and they told me what I had done. When I hurt it back in February it didn’t heal properly because I kept walking on it.”
Deezar was given two options by the doctor, put the foot in a walking boot for six weeks, essentially ending his season or continue to play with the risk being further damage that could require off season surgery.
Deezar chose the latter and played through discomfort the remainder of the campaign.
The good news is the potential damage didn’t materialize and after 6 weeks in the boot post season Deezar says he is “100% ready to train when he arrives back in Kelowna in January.”
Defensive back Jamie Turek (Maples Collegiate) as everyone knows, wasn’t so fortunate when his season ended in the first quarter of game one. A devastating start to the year saw a completely torn ACL and partially tore MCL with surgery in October the result.
Turek continues his rehab at home in Winnipeg with a return to the Okanagan slated for February. While the nature of his injury has him still requiring plenty of work ahead of him, he says he is right on schedule.
“I think spring camp will be a game time decision (regarding contact) but I will be 100% ready for conditioning and footwork stuff.”
Turek and Deezar along with their Sun teammates will be on the field for spring camp May 31st
The Okanagan Sun congratulate safeties Brennan Van Nistelrooy and Jack Rush who were this evening named to the Canadian Junior Football League defensive All Canadian Team.
The hard hitting Rush wrapped up his junior career this past season after playing with the Sun the last two years after joining the club out of the University of Acadia. The leader of the Sun defense, Jack had a reputation as one of the hardest hitters and most intelligent players in the conference.
Van Nistelrooy was the Sun’s rookie of the year in 2011 and played in 2012 with the University of Alberta. The Sun was buoyed by the return this season of the grad of Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge. The rest of the conference remembered him well as he was recently named the top defensive back in the BCFC.
Congratulations to Jack, Brennan and Devon Kozar who was yesterday named to the offensive All Canadian Team.
Congratulations to Okanagan Sun offensive lineman Devon Kozar (Portage La Prairie Collegiate) on his selection to the 2013 Canadian Junior Football League All Canadian Team!
Kozar, who just wrapped up his third and final season of junior eligibility with the Sun was an unquestioned leader of the team this season. A defensive lineman by trade, Devon made the move to left tackle this season in order to help his team where it needed him most.
Devon's presence on the field and in the locker room will be greatly missed next season. So much so in fact, that head coach Shane Beatty has offered him a spot on the coaching staff in 2014.
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