We would like to introduce you to Sarah Dumas! She is a first year Okanagan College student and rookie on the Coyotes women’s basketball team. Despite getting to Kelowna just a week before school started, it didn’t take Sarah long to get into the swing of things in the classroom and on the court. Her Business Administration Diploma is just the first step for Sarah as she has high goals for herself in the music industry. The Creston born student-athlete has spent time in Kansas where her love for the Christian music scene was further developed but it was back in Creston where she first picked up a basketball. Coming from a sports family it was no surprise when Sarah picked up the game. Her dad reffed basketball around the interior, her mom was a coach for many years and her brother, who’s on the Coyotes men’s team, was already making a name for himself.
While the typical college level basketball player may have a lifelong goal, but for Sarah it was after a double overtime win that sealed her fate. As a regular ref for the interior, Sarah’s dad has watched a lot of basketball unfortunately that meant it wasn’t always Sarah’s games. It was a game in Fernie that her dad was able to attend when stretching into double overtime when Sarah’s team came together and pulled out the win. After playing every minute of overtime, her dad texted her after that game and told her she should pursue college basketball. Always being honest in his assessment of talent, Sarah took great pride in her father’s endorsement and made her decision in January to pursue post-secondary basketball.
While it was her family who influenced her basketball career, it was the Creation Festival, a Christian outdoor music festival that my parents volunteered at which allowed Sarah to see behind the scenes. She’s been attending annually since I was a few months old. It was then a man by the name of Terrance Richmond who sparked Sarah’s music business interest. Sarah found the Christian rapper preached without reciting the gospel in his lyrics which was unique and inspired Sarah to reach out. Once reaching out after his first show in Creston, Terrance came back to Sarah for help planning his return there. Helping Terrance plan and execute his return to Creston, set Sarah on her current goal of getting into the artist management game, particularly representing Christian artists.
While the transition from Creston to Kelowna hasn’t come without it’s challenges, Sarah is taking it all in stride as she enters her first year at Okanagan College. It’s tough for anyone going from being role model to looking as other as role models, but with her support network, it’s no surprise to see Sarah excelling. However, she knows this is what she has to do to keep up and understands complacency isn’t an option at this level. You can see Sarah pushing herself and the rest of her Coyotes women’s team this year at Immaculata High School as they enter their 1st PacWest season! Keep following along for more stories from the Okanagan College Coyotes basketball team and others community members!