Alumni Stories

See what these Kin alumni are up to and what they’re doing with their Kinesiology degrees.

Pauline Chuang

Pauline Chuang, BKin 2017, discovered her passion in the power of healing through rehabilitation – specifically through therapeutic exercises and manual therapy, in her undergraduate years. During her time at UBC, Pauline was highly involved in the UBC KIN community. She served as a Student Athletic Trainer for the UBC Women’s Rugby team, a Personal […]

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John L. Young

I have always loved sports and, while a student, considered the gym to be my second home starting back when I attended Point Grey and Lord Byng Secondary Schools in the late 1950’s and 60’s.  Since I was in the gym all the time anyway the PE staff put me in charge of PE equipment […]

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Nikola Girke

  Nikola Girke, BHK 1999, studied health and fitness during her undergraduate year and played for the UBC Women’s Rugby team; recognized for her academic and athletic success as an Academic All-Canadian student in 2000. However, despite Nikola’s achievements as a varsity athlete in Rugby, it was sailing that was her true passion, and had […]

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Brian Chih-Yu Yang

Brian Chih-Yu Yang, BHK 2011, found his beginnings in Kinesiology as a young athlete who had suffered a devastating sports injury. He had been seriously hurt at the age of 17 while playing a game of basketball, which resulted in a chronic spinal injury — he has multiple slipped discs in his lower back, which […]

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Zoe Sarafis

I am an alumna of UBC’s School of Kinesiology, having recently graduated as part of the class of 2017. While at UBC, I began working at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), where I was fortunate to contribute to several projects aimed at improving cardiovascular health and function for people with a spinal cord […]

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Atila Ozkaplan

When Atila Ozkaplan, BHK 2001 and MSc 2004, arrived in Vancouver from Ontario in 1997, his goal was to become a doctor of Sports Medicine. However, his path shifted significantly when he volunteered with one of his professors, Dr. Ted Rhodes. He helped conduct fitness tests for elite sports teams, such as the Canucks, the […]

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Shelley Winter Andrews

As a UBC student in the 1970s the name Shelley Winter was associated with being one of the best, not just at UBC but across the nation, in the sport of field hockey. This native of Oak Bay graduated from UBC in Physical Education in 1975 and later achieved a successful teaching career on Vancouver […]

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Bill Sainas

Bill Sainas, who passed away in 2018 at age 93, was a member of UBC’s first Physical Education/Kinesiology graduating class in 1949. This small, pioneer class represented the first graduates in Physical Education in Western Canada. Sainas played varsity rugby and football at UBC from 1945 through 1948. During those years he played for a […]

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Randy Zhou

  Randy Zhou, BKin 2014, came to Canada from China as a child. He is an accomplished athlete and a former team Canada silver medalist.  He won the title of 2014 Canadian National Powerlifting champion, and holds several records in BC provincial and Canadian powerlifting divisions. He competed as a member of Team Canada in […]

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Michael Averill

   Michael Averill, BHK 2006, graduated from UBC in 2006, ran Track and Field, and worked in the Physical Health and Wellness industry for a number of years. His trajectory has changed since his days at UBC. In the past six years Michael has become a full-time musician, and has combined music, storytelling, and social and psychological […]

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