Posted on: July 4, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack cross country team has added another top student/athlete to its fold for the upcoming Canada West season.
Head coach Carmin Mazzotta is pleased to confirm that April Read will be joining his program effective September 1st. Read is a multi-sport athlete who graduated from Sa-Hali Secondary in Kamloops this June.
“I am quite excited and honored about joining the cross country program,” said Read, who will be attending TRU taking courses aimed at a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Biology. “The team has a very positive energy. I have heard nothing but good things about the coaching staff. They are definitely a team that seems to be improving every year. I’m looking forward to being a part of a program which is definitely on the way up.”
She adds: “I got the opportunity to run with the team during the spring. The veterans were very welcoming and I am looking forward to training with them full time and being their teammate this fall.”
The 5’9” Read was a top soccer player in the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association until she switched to concentrate fully on volleyball in grade nine. Unfortunately, an arm injury forced her to miss her senior years in that sport. Although she hasn’t competed at this level before, she is looking forward to the challenge.
“I have been training in the gym six days a week and will intensify my outdoor training this summer,” she explains. “I think my background preparing for big games and matches will come in handy as I mentally get set for the competitions this fall.” As a soccer and volleyball player, Read competed in a number of big competitions and tournaments and excelled under pressure.
“I know that I will have to earn a spot on the travelling team with the WolfPack ,” Read adds. “I know the learning curve will be steep but I am a quick learner, dedicated and want to be the best runner and teammate I can be.”
The community involvement that the WolfPack student/athletes are a part of is nothing new for Read. “ I have volunteered at the New Life Mission the past few years with my sister and father, along with coached younger children when I was involved in soccer. I believe giving back to the community and helping others is something everyone—student/athlete or not—should want to do. I’m looking forward to being the best representative of our team, the WolfPack athletics program and the university that I can be.”
Read also was an instructor at the KYSA Development program for a number of years and lined WolfPack and high school volleyball matches the last two seasons while recovering from her shoulder injury. She hopes to continue lining when she attends TRU.
An honor student throughout her elementary and secondary school, Read feels she will be able to handle juggling her courses, training and competing for the WolfPack.
Says WolfPack head coach Carmin Mazzotta: “”April is a multi-sport local athlete who has shown dedication and commitment in both academics and sport. She has a very positive attitude and will add to the supportive, solid team dynamic we have built over the past few years. Through her dad Larry, she has got to know the TRU Wolfpack program and understands the direction our teams are headed. She has been doing a lot of running of late and will come in fit and ready for the upcoming cross country season. I’m really interested to see her progress as she starts training with our group.”
She becomes the third recruit committing to the cross country team for 2017-18 joining: Samantha Loewen (5’5” Vernon, BC-Vernon Secondary, Vernon Amateur Athletic Association), Jaydin Haskins (5’7”, Smithers, BC-Smithers Secondary).