UBC commit makes long-time goal reality

Long before defensive lineman Elias Rodriguez Sanchez from the Okanagan Sun (CJFL) called Canada home, he has been aiming for a shot at playing with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

Originally from Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, Sanchez and his family eventually settled down in Kelowna, BC. He was now so much closer physically to his dream. “It has been a long-time goal, since before moving to Canada, to become part of UBC and their football program,” Sanchez said. “(It’s an) Internationally recognized school, (an) incredible location and has) a historic football program.”

He added that the coaching staff is a “very experienced group that promotes a winning culture. (They’re) very dedicated to helping players develop and achieve their goals.”

One of Sanchez’s goals has to do with his academic career. He said he will be taking applied science with the aspiration to obtain a degree in civil engineering.

In his career, the 6’1, 260lbs lineman spent four years with the Kelowna Secondary School Owls (BCSSFA) before joining the Sun in 2014. In 2015, he won a BCFC Cullen Cup with the team.

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