The University of Northern British Columbia’s Women’s soccer team has added the final piece to its 2018-2019 puzzle, officially committing Robyn Zinkan for the upcoming Canada West season.
The 18-year-old has been participating in preseason training camp with the Timberwolves, and talked about her decision to pursue soccer at the U SPORTS level.
“I have heard really good things about the university, and really good things about Neil’s coaching. When I came up here, everyone was so nice. I didn’t know, growing up, that this was what I wanted to do. But now that I’m here, I am really excited.”
Zinkan stands five-foot-eight, and has impressed her new teammates with her strength and fitness. A former competitive swimmer, she says the pace of the university game has been the biggest adjustment thus far.
“The tempo and speed of play is the biggest difference that I notice. Everything goes a lot faster here. But everyone is just so supportive, and willing to help you by explaining new things. Everyone is really committed.”
Timberwolves coach Neil Sedgwick says Zinkan originally impressed him at a visit she made to UNBC campus in February. With the ability to play midfield or striker, the native of Shawnigan Lake has the versatility and work ethic to grow immensely in her time with the Timberwolves.
“Robyn has made tremendous strides through preseason. With her tremendous capacity for work, her energy, and her focus on growth, we are really excited to see how far she can go. She is a great addition to our program.”
A 2018 graduate of Frances Kelsey Secondary School in Mill Bay, Zinkan will study general sciences at UNBC, with the intention to pursue her education in natural resource management. The Timberwolves open the season September 8th on the road at UBC Okanagan, and Zinkan hopes to play a part in the team’s second consecutive playoff berth.
“I work hard and always try my best. I am excited to grow, and score some goals, hopefully. I’m interested to be part of a program that is growing, and the fact that they made the playoffs is awesome. I really hope to be a part of that.”