Alumni Stories

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

Abele, Natalie

Graduating year: 2015
Degree: B.Kin
Notably, she successfully managed the implementation of a foundational inclusion training called All Youth Matter. The program was developed by viaSport to equip sport and recreation leaders to make a difference in the lives of diverse youth in their community, and has now been delivered to over 1200 participants in more than 65 workshops around BC. From 1975 through 1986 Shelley was a member of Canada’s National team – her 12 years being the most of any BC woman in this sport.

Andrews, Shelley Winter

Graduating year: 1975
Degree: BPE
While playing for UBC 1975 through 1985 she was selected MVP, won the league sportsmanship award and was named the 1975/76 UBC female Athlete of the Year. From 1975 through 1986 Shelley was a member of Canada’s National team – her 12 years being the most of any BC woman in this sport.

Averill, Michael

Graduating year: 2006
Degree: BHK
In the past six years Michael has become a full-time musician, and has combined music, storytelling, and social and psychological wellness with a walking tour of Canada. His path has led him to a variety of community-building avenues through music and he is currently working on a project in partnership with The Rogue Folk Club called “Community of Songs.”

Babul, Shelina

Graduating year: 2001
Degree: PhD
Dr. Babul’s journey to becoming a North American leader in concussion recognition, response, management and prevention began over a decade ago. In response to this gap in knowledge, Shelina used what she had learned during her time in the School of Kinesiology and her experience as a sport injury specialist.

Barnes, Bev

Graduating year: 1973
Degree: BPE
Bev Barnes’ teammates and friends speak fondly of her when they refer to her as a “basketball player, coach and lunatic".

Bi, Mark

Graduating year: 2005
Degree: MKin
Mark served Lilong New Media as Vice President of Operations. Prior to working with Lilong, Mark was Director of Operations at Relay China, a subsidiary of the advertising company Publicis Groupe – considered to be one of the top three advertising companies in the world.

Birgbrager, Alyssa

Graduating year: 2013
Degree: BKin
Alyssa currently works as an Athletic Therapist at Bishops University in Quebec. She is always excited to go to work; every day presents new challenges, fresh opportunities, and she is kept on her toes. As a certified Athletic Therapist, Alyssa provides preventative prophylactic care and emergency response in the field setting and injury assessment and rehabilitation in the clinic setting.

Bishop, Carole

Graduating year: 1973
Degree: BPE
With the national team, Carole competed in the Olympics, Pan-American games, World championships and North American championships. In European tournaments she was the MVP in 1975 and 1976, the latter year she was ranked the fourth best setter in the world.

Brown, Dylan

Graduating year: 2014
Degree: BKin
Through his terms in co-op, Dylan found an interest in sport management and coordination. Through working in a variety of roles in the sports field, Dylan narrowed his interested to Physical Literacy and positive experiences, specifically for children, in sport. Over time, he moved from a hands-on approach, to a position in management to have a greater positive effect on children and the community.

Brown, May

Graduating year: 1961
Degree: MPE
For decades May has been an advocate for UBC sports particularly women’s field hockey and swimming both of which she coached at UBC during the late 1940s and early 1950s. She has reached such esteem that UBC has created the May Brown Trophy which is awarded annually to the Outstanding Graduating Female Athlete of the Year.