Columbia athletics

Four rookies join ‘Birds’ football program

The UBC Thunderbirds are thrilled to welcome four outstanding rookies, Hannah Baths, Taiya Dennehy, Emily Parkerand Jayda Thompsonto the decorated women’s soccer program for the upcoming season.

The T-Birds, who last won the national title in 2019, have won a record seven U SPORTS Championship trophies and fifteen Canada West Championship banners looking to build on a championship run this season. last where they fell in overtime in the U SPORTS semifinals and came up short on shots in the bronze medal game.

“I’m very encouraged by this year’s recruiting class,” said UBC head coach Jesse Symon. “I expect to see them all contribute this year on the pitch and really help push our team and our depth. They are exceptional individuals who will also add to the squad off the pitch, with their quality character.”

Hannah Baths joins the Thunderbirds as a central midfielder/winger from Surrey, BC, graduated from Meadowridge School and will pursue the arts while donning blue and gold.

Markham, Ont. Jayda Thompson is a winger/forward who plans to study Computer Science or Political Science at UBC and recently played for the Woodbridge Strikers – alongside another T-Birds rookie.

Taiya Dennehya midfielder from Toronto, Ont., is also a former member of the Woodbridge Strikers and will be studying political science/social science at UBC.


Defender Emily Parker joins the Dallas, Texas Thunderbirds as a Parish Episcopal School graduate and former Solar SC player who hopes to study at the UBC Sauder School of Business.

With their preseason schedule already well underway, the ‘Birds will continue to prepare ahead of their regular season opener on Friday, August 26.e when they travel to Abbotsford to take on the University of the Fraser Valley waterfalls.