MSOC: Dynamic forward Gregor Smith commits to Timberwolves

Men's Soccer
February 19, 2019
The University of Northern British Columbia has looked to the Okanagan Valley for its latest addition, officially announcing the commitment of Gregor Smith for the 2019-2020 Canada West season. The dynamic Kelowna product said the chance to be a part of the Timberwolves was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

“This means a lot. It’s a dream come true. I have always wanted this, and I am so happy to be here. Being a scholar, I wanted to further my education as well as play soccer. Looking at U SPORTS and how competitive it is, it just seemed like the perfect step forward for me.”

A product of the Thompson Okanagan Football Club, Smith credits his TOFC coach Dave Broadhurst for preparing him for the opportunity to play U SPORTS soccer. He was able to train with the Timberwolves during a February visit to UNBC’s Prince George campus, and suggests that trip was instrumental in his decision to don the green and gold.

“The boys are a lot bigger, faster, and harder-hitting, but I just have to get used to that. It is a lot better. More fast-paced, keeps you on your toes, and keeps you thinking. They have been on the rise, and I want to be in a program that can continue to develop and have future success.”

Standing five-foot-eight, he is rarely the biggest body on the pitch, but Smith makes up for it with speed, technical ability, and a strong understanding of timing and angles. The 17-year-old understands there will be an adjustment period as he familiarizes himself with the Canada West game, but is ready and willing to make an impact.

“I bring energy and fast-pace. Hoping to score some goals. I like to see the field, get the ball, and play the pass. But, if it’s there, I will strike the ball and try to put it in the back of the net. I want to improve my game, become more aware, and get up to the level I need to be at, to be able to play for this team.”

UNBC coach Steve Simonson was impressed by the young forward’s sense for the game during his visit the Prince George. He notes Smith’s skill, training, and character as major factors in the decision to offer him a spot on the roster.

“Gregor is a dynamic attacking player who we feel will be a great addition to our program and a player who has the ability to become a scoring threat in U SPORTS. He really impressed our players during his visit, and he gelled well with our team both on and off the field. Gregor has shown the personality and character that is required to be Timberwolf and we look forward to having him join us full time in the fall.”

Set to graduate from Kelowna Secondary School in June, Smith plans to pursue a Bachelor of Arts with the intention of becoming a teacher. He will join his new Timberwolves teammates for training camp in July.

“This team is so close. They’re a nicely knit group of boys, and it is so cool to see it. I am excited to be a part of it. Steve is an amazing guy and an amazing coach. He has made this feel like a perfect fit. Feels like home.”