BMO Academy Centre Players of the Month

BMO Academy Centre Players of the Month - May 2019

BMO Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are a network of regional training hubs linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards that provide professional supplemental club training for serious, motivated players. Whitecaps FC currently have a network from coast to coast, including locations in Kamloops, the Kootenays, Manitoba, Northern BC, the Okanagan, Squamish, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island, as well as in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. For more information, visit and select the academy in your region.

Below are the BMO Whitecaps FC Academy Centre Players of the Month for May 2019.

BMO Mainland Academy Centres 


Name: Iskender Bolzhobekov
Birth Year: 2005
What his coaches say: "Iskender has been working hard over the last month in training, and his decision making on and off the ball have really improved. Iskender is a great example for his peers as he is always focused and engaged in training to ensure he maximizes his development."

BMO Island Academy Centres
Upper Island
Name: Seth Miller
Birth Year: 2007
What his coaches say: "Seth has quietly become a very proficient dribbler and has a fantastic attitude when he receives the ball. We have really enjoyed working with Seth and look forward to seeing his continued development. Keep up the great work Seth."
Name: Karlin Korowski
Birth Year: 2009
What her coaches say: "Karlin is relatively new to our academy but she has really made herself a part of the group quickly. She is a very committed player and her passion for the game is contagious."

BMO Kootenay Academy Centres
Kootenay East
Name: Jaxon Whittwaker
Birth Year: 2008
What his coaches say: "Jaxon is a fantastic little player who trains with great habits. He comes to all his sessions ready to train hard and improve his game, and he is always listening to what his coaches say. Jaxon's enthusiasm for the game is contagious and he brings out the best in his teammates. Well done Jaxon on this well deserved award!"
Kootenay West
Name: Jordan Zdrazil
Birth Year: 2008
What his coaches say: "Jordan has been in the program for over a year and his improvement has been immense. Jordan can thank his excellent work ethic and the fact he'll try to implement any feedback and instruction that the coaches provide. It has been a pleasure watching Jordan improve over this last little while and we're happy to be a part of his growth as a player. Congrats on this award, Jordan!"

BMO Ontario Academy Centres
Name: Allie Franssen
Birth Year: 2002
Hometown: London, Ontario
What her coaches say: "Allie is a fierce competitor and a leader on the 2002 regional team.  She continues to grow as a player and her hard work is being rewarded as she impressed university coaches at a recent showcase. Allie is a talented centre back but when she gets an opportunity to play fullback she shows that she can contribute offensively as well. Allie combines athleticism, terrific game sense and a fantastic attitude. We are very lucky to have her as a part of the U-17 team."
Name: Ahmad Birani
Birth Year: 2003
Hometown: London, Ontario
What his coaches say: "'Ahmad has had a great start to 2019. A tough tackling centre back, Ahmad is a key player for the 2003 regional team that won the Kick Off Cup and took part in a showcase event this month. Ahmad was also part of Ontario's U-16 Boys Provincial Team that traveled to Quebec in April to take on Quebec's provincial squad in the Inter-Provincial Competition. Well done Ahmad and good luck this season."

BMO Northwest Academy Centres

Name: Ava Leslie 
What her coaches say: "One of the youngest players in our Northwest Academy Centres, Ava has a contagious enthusiasm that radiates almost as much as her enormous smile! Always giving her absolute best effort, Ava’s personality and fun-loving attitude shine through every time she is on the field. Showing enormous improvement in her technical competencies, as well as her decision-making abilities, we look forward to supporting Ava as she continues her journey through football."
Name: Thomas Krabes
What his coaches say: "Be it his natural positivity or never-ending desire to play, Thomas brings an effervescent joy to the field every time he trains. Treating other players and coaches with the utmost respect, Thomas shows a fearlessness in his approach to challenges and is always ready with a complete and dedicated effort. A pleasure to work with, we are very proud of the progress Thomas has made and are delighted to see him continue in the future."
Prince Rupert
Name: Rennie Laychuk
What her coaches say: "One of our most improved players of the season, Rennie dedicates herself commendably, and with excellent accuracy, in all aspects of the game. Matching the rare combination of tremendous work-ethic with a mischievous fun-loving personality, Rennie has made great strides since the first day. Continuing to show great dedication and focus, we are excited to follow Rennie’s progress and proud to recognise her accomplishments."

BMO Okanagan Academy Centre

Name: Sarina Tait
Birth Year: 2005
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
What her coaches say: "Sarina is a new player to join our academy this spring and has been brilliant so far. She has shown good game intelligence, she always looks to receive in between the lines, and has great player habits. We are excited to see her development throughout the rest of the phase. Outstanding job Sarina."
Name: Elias Wolff
Birth Year: 2008
Hometown: Summerland, BC
What his coaches say: "This is only Elias' second phase in our academy and we have already seen fantastic progress over the two phases. His first touch, decision making, and dribbling ability have been excellent throughout. As he continues to improve week by week, we look forward to working with him in the remaining few sessions. Well done, keep it up Elias."