Tanya McleanAthlete of the Year 2012 - Softball
anya played her entire minor softball career with the Delta Heat Fast Pitch organization. During those years, she attended three National Championship tournaments with Delta Heat. The highlight of her Delta Heat play was the 2003 National Championships held at Brandrith Park in Tsawwassen. As a first year player, Tanya received both the top batter and the all-star catcher awards.
She also won two gold medals with Team BC in the Western Canada Games and Summer Games. Tanya went on to represent Canada while playing on the Canadian Junior National team. During this time, she played in the world qualifiers in Puerto Rico and the Junior World Championships in Enshede, Holland in 2007.
Following graduation from Sands Secondary, Tanya received a scholarship to play softball at NCAA Division 1 Troy University. When UBC started playing NAIA fast pitch, Tanya joined the team. In her first year, Tanya made the 2010 A. I. I. softball All-Conference team. She was also recognized by the NAIA as UBC’s representative for the “Champions of Character” award.
In 2011, Tanya played her senior year for the UBC Thunderbirds Softball team. Her major accomplishments include “Athlete of the Week” and “Academic All-Canadian” awards for academic and athletic excellence. During a road trip to Oregon and California, McLean racked up a total of nine home runs, while the team earned a total of thirty. Tanya made the NAIA-A. I. I. All Stars and it was her second appearance as catcher. McLean finished tied for sixteenth in the conference with a . 386 batting average and was sixth with a . 811 slugging percentage. She also ranked among the conference Top 10 with thirteen home runs and thirteen doubles while serving as UBC’s primary catcher. Tanya’s highlight of the year was her home run against the #1 NAIA team.
Tanya also played for the White Rock Renegades in the 2011 summer season and helped them win the Canadian Senior Woman’s National Championships. In 2011, Tanya also volunteered as the Head Coach for two Special Olympic programs for children with intellectual disabilities. These programs included the Active Start and FUNdamentals programs which were run out of the Ladner Boys and Girls Club. Tanya continues to enjoy softball and volunteers as coach with the UBC Athletics Department.