Scholarship Set Up in Memory of Owyn McInnis, Varsity Volleyball Player Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash

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Scholarship Established in Honour of Varsity Volleyball Player Killed in Tragic Kamloops Crash

A scholarship has been established in memory of a talented varsity volleyball player who tragically lost his life in a devastating multi-vehicle collision in Kamloops, British Columbia, last week. The heart-wrenching incident occurred near Thompson Rivers University and involved six cars, resulting in seven individuals being rushed to the hospital. Among the victims were three members of the university’s esteemed men’s volleyball team. Regrettably, one of the young athletes, Owyn McInnis, an exceptional outside hitter originally from Guelph, Ontario, succumbed to his injuries. He was only 22 years old.

The TRU Wolfpack, in a poignant tribute to their fallen teammate, expressed their deep sorrow on their website, stating, “Owyn was a son, brother, fiancé, teammate, and so much more. He brightened the day of anyone lucky enough to talk with him, and we miss him greatly.”

Keeping Owyn’s legacy alive, the university has announced that an anonymous contribution of $20,000 will be allocated towards the Owyn McInnis Memorial Men’s Volleyball Athletic Award. This scholarship will serve as a lasting testament to his remarkable talent and dedication.

In addition to the scholarship, an online fundraiser has been initiated to assist McInnis’ family with the expenses associated with his funeral.

A heartfelt message on the GoFundMe page describes Owyn as a source of immense joy and warmth, both in his personal life and as a varsity athlete. His exceptional skills and unwavering commitment to his craft made him an inspiration to all.

The catastrophic crash took place at approximately 3 p.m. on November 29th at the intersection of McGill Road and University Drive. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), a Dodge Ram truck veered off the road, striking several small trees before colliding with a Volkswagen that had come to a halt at a red light. Tragically, the three volleyball players were inside the Volkswagen. The force of the impact caused subsequent collisions with four other vehicles, resulting in widespread damage.

Memorial for TRU Wolfpack volleyball player Owyn McInnisA memorial for TRU Wolfpack volleyball player Owyn McInnis was set up at the scene of the crash. (Image credit: Kristen Holliday/Castanet)

Identified through online fundraisers, the two critically injured athletes are from Kelowna. Owen Waterhouse, who remains in a medically induced coma in the ICU of a Kamloops hospital, has suffered severe brain trauma. Described as more than just an outside hitter and an exemplary teammate, Waterhouse is known for his infectious smile and immense love for his family, friends, and all animals. The GoFundMe campaign launched for him has already raised over $110,000.

Another student, Riley Brinnen, a psychology major, was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital due to a severe spinal injury. Following surgery, he was transferred to the spinal ICU and is expected to undergo a lengthy stay at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Described as a strong, athletic, and kind-hearted individual, Riley’s fundraiser has amassed over $93,000 in donations.

The Kamloops RCMP are appealing to the public for any dashcam footage or information that may aid in their investigation. Individuals with relevant details are urged to contact the Kamloops RCMP detachment at 250-828-3000.

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