The Okanagan Hockey Academy would like to wish Christine Atkins the best of luck in her new position with the University of Calgary.
Atkins has been an athletic therapist with OHA since September 2010. She also served as the Assistant Director of Athletic Therapy from September 2011 to June 2013 as well as the Director of Athletic Therapy and Medical Services since June 2013.
“Although disappointed that Christine is leaving OHA, we are all very proud of her for being selected to take part in this opportunity,” said OHA President, Andy Oakes. “Christine has been a very big asset in our organization over the past years and will be missed.”
With the University of Calgary, Atkins will be in the position of Concussion Research Coordinator in the Sports Injury Prevention Centre.
“I am leaving with mixed emotions,” said Atkins. “I am very excited to start my new job in Calgary but all of the people I have worked at OHA with, the staff, the families, were all fantastic. I will definitely miss that interaction as well as being involved in the development of young athletes as they move onto bigger and better things whither it be in hockey or going to university or even a more professional setting.”
Originally from Fort Macleod, Alberta, Atkins has a Bachelor of Kinesiology in Athletic Therapy from the University of Calgary, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Athletic Therapy from Mount Royal University.
The Okanagan Hockey Academy will be conducting a thorough search for Christine’s replacement effective immediately.
During my three years in Penticton, OHA was influential in my growth as a student, an athlete, and most importantly a person. Their overwhelming support made the city feel like home and the community feel like family. It was truly a first class experience, in an elite program that has prepared me for my time in university and any future endeavors."