2021 Squad Profiles

Aliyah Deneault

Team/Club: Thompson Okanagan Football Club (TOFC) and Whitecaps FC Pre-Girls Elite (WFC Pre GE) soccer program
School: Valleyview Secondary School
Age: 14

Sport Experience: volleyball, basketball, track and field, dance, soccer

Short Term Goal: to make the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super Rex this year, keep improving my skills on my own time, and working on my mental game

Long Term Goals: To make a Youth National Team and get a scholarship to play at a NCAA D1 school for soccer

Other interests and Awards: I love cooking and baking with my family and friends. I’ve also made the BC soccer team in 2018-2019. I am the captain of my TOFC team.

Emerson Willis

Team/Club: Kamloops Minor Hockey Association (KMHA)
School: Valleyview Secondary School
Age: 14
Grade: 9

Sport Experience:

  • 5 years in hockey, 1st season as player and last 4 seasons as a goalie
  • 2 years enrolled in Valleyview Jockey Academy
  • Attended various goalie specific training camps over the years
  • Played soccer from ages 5-12 for KYSA
  • Has tried lots of different sports over the years from swimming to golf to track & field

Short term goals:

  • Be the starting goalie at the Midget level
  • Get more flexible
  • Eat better

Long term goals:

  • Play hockey for life
  • Cross train so I don’t get injured
  • Play at a higher level


  • Player of the game (several times throughout the years I’ve played)
  • 2019/2020 our hockey team was the runner up at the Night of Champions

Other interests:

  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Playing video games
Joe Kitamura

Team/Club: Overlander Ski Club
School: South Kamloops Secondary School
Age: 14

Sport Experience:
● Provincial nordic ski racing
● BC winter games
● BC Talent squad

Short Term Goals:
● Team BC
● Top three agergit for BC champs
● Win a provincial race

Long Term Goals:
● National team
● Olympics
● World cup

Other Interests and Awards:
● Running
● mountain biking
● wake surfing/surfing

Jorja Kopytko
Team/Club: Kamloops Curling Club (Team Hafeli) Kamloops Tsunami Summer Swim Club
School: South Kamloops Secondary School
Age: 16
Sport experience:
  • 9 years curling, 6 years competitively
  • 6 years club/competitive swimming
Short term goals:
  • Qualify for U18 Nationals for curling
  • Qualify for Junior (U21) Nationals for curling
  • Qualify for Provincials for swimming
Long term goals:
  • Make it to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts (curling)
  • Make it to Woman’s Worlds (curling)
Other interests and Awards:
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking/ walking
  • 2020 High School Curling Provincial Champion
Zachary Fortin

Team/Club: KYSA Rep soccer, Whitecaps Academy soccer, Sun Peaks Freestyle Club
School: Sahali Secondary, Kamloops, BC
Age: 14

Sport Experience:

  • BC Provincial championship (2019)
  • Played for: KYSA (2010-2013); Andres Diaz Academy & Universidad Catholica (2013-2015), Soccer Quest (2015-2019), Whitecaps Academy (2015-2020), Whitecaps HPL (2018-2020).
  • Currently playing for KYSA Select team (Blaze), 2nd year. Mid-field or right wing.
  • Winter Classics Cup (Seattle, 2020), Whitecaps High Performance League (HPL)
  • Freestyle BC ski competitions (Timber Tour): Whistler, Big White, Silverstar, Mt Washington, Panorama, Apex, etc.
  • Gymnastics for 4 years

Short Term Goals:

  • Increase strength in general
  • Develop an understanding for training fundamentals
  • Get to know other athletes

Long Term Goals:

  • Get faster/improve speed
  • Better nutritional habits
  • Become a better overall athlete

Other Interests and Awards:

  • Honors Roll
  • MVP nominations: Umbro Cup Challenge (Vancouver, 2018), Mayors Cup (Vancouver, 2018), and several other soccer games and tournaments (>10x).
  • Sponsorships from Spoke Bike & Ski, and BAT Construction Ltd.
  • Downhill mountain biking, surfing
  • Video games, traveling