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VOL   54   I   NO   7   I   JULY   3,   2008
3      Sports doc
4/5    Swimming Team
6      Rowing Team
7      Field Hockey
8/9    Coaches
1 0   The team
THIS SUMMER, nearly 40 members ofthe UBC
community will participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympic
and Paralympic Games as athletes, coaches sports
doctors and staff.
"Spying 2008
In UBC's Centenary year, the 2008 Games are an exciting
new chapter in our rich Olympic and Paralympic legacy, ^\j\j^
which began in 1928 and includes 109 medals and 240
participants. This special edition of UBC Reports tells
the stories of students, alumni, faculty and staff who
embody the Games motto of "higher, farther, faster."
For complete current and historical UBC coverage, see
From Maui to the Yellow Sea, Nikola Girke competes on worldwide winds.
Riding the waves to success
If there's a good wind up, West
Vancouverite Nikola Girke can
usually be found on the water.
That's not unusual for a sailor.
But what is unusual is that Girke
is one of the few athletes who
has successfully switched from
one Olympic sport to another:
from sailing to windsurfing.
Girke had a chance to show
off her sailing talents when she
competed in the 470 class sailing
competitions in the Athens
Olympic games in 2004, placing
But Girke had started
windsufing in her early 20s when
she was living in Maui. By 2005,
she was a five-time Canadian
Women's Windsurf Champion.
She loved the adrenaline of the
solo sport and decided to take
on the new challenge of training
for Olympic competition in
Her challenges are supported
by knowledge learned at UBC,
where Girke completed a
bachelor's degree in Human
Kinetics and a business minor in
1995. "I loved the program and I
did well because I was interested
in it," she recalls. "I definitely
used what I learned in my sports
career. When I go to a physio, or
when a trainer explains things
to me in the gym, I know what
they're talking about and I can
ask good questions."
At the end of June, Girke goes
to Mexico for three weeks to
continue her rigorous training.
Conditions there - light wind,
lots of current and waves, and
hot, humid weather - will help
her acclimatize to what she can
expect when she goes for gold in
Beijing. 13
for gold
UBC alumnusjaimie Borisoff
(No. ii, front row) will go
for his third consecutive
Paralympic gold in wheelchair
basketball this summer. I     UBC    REPORTS     |    JULY   3,    2006
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An original billboard for the now-restored 1914 Edward S. Curtis film In the Land of the Head Hunters.
Landmark sex exploitation
study finds surprising number
of female abusers
The results of Canada's
largest study into the sexual
exploitation of street kids and
runaways were reported by
CanWest News Service and The
Vancouver Sun.
Elizabeth Saewyc, associate
professor of nursing at UBC
and principal investigator for
the study, said researchers were
surprised to find that many
abusers are women seeking sex
with young males.
Results were drawn from
interviews with 1,845 youth
- some as young as 12 - in
surveys taken across the province
between 2000 and 2006.
Status of Therapeutics Initiative
under heavy discussion
A review of Therapeutics
Initiative (TI), a UBC-based
group that independently
evaluates drug trials and
provides recommendations to
doctors and to the government,
was released as the Report of the
Pharmaceutical Task Force.
The report's recommendations
to overhaul TI were met
with more than a month's
worth of discussion about,
and defense of, the watchdog
organization in The Canadian
Medical Association Journal,
The National Post and
The Vancouver Sun. Many
highlighted the work the TI
has done in drawing attention
to potentially dangerous drugs
like Vioxx, which was later
withdrawn from the market.
Human trafficking in Canada
UBC law professor Benjamin
Perrin was widely quoted for his
comments on a recently released
U.S. report on human trafficking.
Canada looks good on paper, but
has much more work to do.
"We know that human
trafficking is continuing to
flourish in Canada and that it's
one of the most serious crimes
in our country," said Perrin,
founder of The Future Group, a
non-governmental organization
dedicated to ending human
Perrin's research and advocacy
work was discussed by media
outlets across the country
including CTV, Canoe.ca,
Victoria Star, Chronicle Herald,
Vancouver Province, Metro,
CKWS, Miramichi Leader,
Bugle-Observer, Canadian Press,
Canwest News Service and The
Vancouver Sun.
Congress ofthe Humanities
comes to UBC
More than 9,500 academics
met at the Congress of the
Humanities and Social Sciences
at UBC to present cutting-edge
research and engage in panel
discussions in 4,000 sessions at
the university's four campuses.
The May 31 to June 8
conference was the largest
Congress in the organization's
history, and the biggest event
UBC has ever hosted.
Their research was gathered
under the umbrella theme,
Thinking Beyond Borders.
Multiple stories about ideas
presented during the Congress
were picked up by The Globe
and Mail, The Vancouver Sun,
The National Post, The Times
Colonist and papers across B.C.
Rare Edward Curtis film
restored and on tour
A restored and expanded
edition of the 1914 film "In the
Land of the Head Hunters," the
only feature-length film made by
acclaimed photographer Edward
Curtis (1868-1952), played in
Los Angeles and Seattle before
coming to the UBC.
Aaron Glass, a UBC
anthropologist who worked on
the four-year restoration project
and who found the film's original
score at the Getty Institute in
2004, said the original work
was very much a collaboration
between the Kwakwaka'wakw
people of B.C. and Curtis.
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and Seattle newspapers.
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Jack Taunton is responsible for basic and emergency health and doping control for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Sports doc has a dream come true
A ski jumper lands wrong and
breaks her spine. Food poisoning
takes out a bobsled team. A
skate blade clips a speed skater
and blood gushes onto the ice.
These are just some of the
nightmare scenarios that UBC's
Jack Taunton is busy preparing
for as VANOC's Chief Medical
Officer (CMO) for the 2010
Winter Games. Responsible for
basic and emergency health care
and doping control for 2010,
Taunton will be in Beijing this
summer monitoring medical
programs for the International
Olympic Committee (IOC).
"For a sports physician, being
CMO for 2010 is a dream
come true," says Taunton, who
is assembling a team of 2,700
medical volunteers to care
for the more than 1.5 million
spectators, media, volunteers and
athletes expected to attend. "It
doesn't get any better than the
biggest international sporting
event in your city and country."
"We are working to make
these the safest, healthiest games
ever," says Taunton, who co-
founded both Vancouver's Sun
Run and UBC's Allan McGavin
Sports Medicine Clinic. "We
want our games drug-free,
tobacco-free and - an Olympic
first - transfat-free," he says.
VANOC medical partners
include B.C.'s Ministry of Health,
Vancouver Coastal Health and
the IOC.
Taunton will celebrate his
upcoming 61st birthday by
running his 61st marathon.
Despite being the picture of
health, he is lucky to be alive.
Shortly before the 2000 Sydney
Games, where he was CMO for
the Canadian Olympic team,
he underwent surgery for a
quadruple bypass heart attack.
"I have been given a second
chance," says Taunton, who
was attracted to medicine after
suffering from polio as child
and a severe car accident as a
teen. "I'm cherishing my family,
my team, and the challenge of
preparing for 2010."
With VANOC vowing that
the games will not materially
impact B.C.'s health care system,
and little existing medical
infrastructure in Whistler, the
massive undertaking is well
"There were 1,200 people
hospitalized in the Torino Winter
Olympics," says Taunton, who
was born in Montreal. "Athletes
represented only 15 per cent of
medical encounters, the rest were
volunteers, spectators and media
with relatively minor injuries.
We will be treating these people
in our own facilities, outside the
hospital system."
Aside from a clean bill of
health, Taunton wants the 2010
Games to leave a rich medical
legacy. So far, big ticket items
include a new blood doping lab,
a new CAT Scan in Whistler, 145
treatment beds, defibrillators and
training. 13
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Hungry for another gold
Peanut butter and jelly
sandwich, a banana and half
a granola bar. These simple
comfort foods make up Jennifer
Krempien's favorite pre-game
meal and she plans to continue
the ritual when she competes
with the Canadian Women's
National Wheelchair Basketball
Team this September.
A pediatric clinical dietitian
at B.C. Children's Hospital,
Krempien has a unique
relationship to food. For her
Master's of Science in Human
Nutrition at UBC, she is looking
at the nutrient intakes of elite
Canadian athletes with a spinal
cord injury and some of the
factors that are influencing those
"I am interested in this
topic because as an athlete
with a spinal cord injury, I
was struggling to interpret
the performance nutrition
recommendations made for
able-bodied athletes," she
says. "Physiologically and
metabolically, athletes with
a spinal cord injury are very
different than their able-bodied
Krempien started playing
wheelchair basketball at age 9.
In 1992, she joined the Canadian
women's national team and
played in her first Paralympic
Games in Barcelona, where
the team won gold. In her 16
years with the team, Canada
has won three Paralympic gold
medals, including the 1996
Atlanta Games and the 2000
Sydney Games. The team also
won bronze at the Athens 2004
Paralympic Games and four
World Championship gold
The year leading up to Beijing
has been very demanding, as
the team has been to several
international competitions to
prepare for the Paralympics.
Krempien says her colleagues
and especially her MSc
supervisor, Dr. Susan Barr, have
been extremely supportive and
understanding of the time needed
to prepare for committing to
Krempien says the thing
she looks forward to most at
the 2008 Paralympic Games
is leaving a legacy for the
almost one million people with
disabilities living in Beijing. "I
hope that having Beijing host
the Paralympics will initiate
major improvements in overall
accessibility and break down
some of the cultural barriers
that face people with disabilities
currently," she says. "I am
hopeful [the people of Beijing]
will be able to look beyond the
disability and be awed by the
raw human potential on display."
Jennifer Krempien dominates the court. 4     I     UBC    REPORTS     |    JULY   3 ,    200!
Olympic vet reflects on UBC education
Brian Johns won 33 gold
medals competing as a
Thunderbird, claiming only one
silver at the CIS level in his five
years in the pool, a loss to fellow
three-time Olympian Rick Say in
his freshman season.
As Johns prepares to represent
Canada at his third straight
Olympic Games, he has had
time to reflect on his time as a
"UBC has allowed me to
get a well-rounded education,"
said the 25-year-old Richmond
native who plans to finish his
Human Kinetics degree after
Beijing. "The challenges that the
university provided me, not only
in the water but also in school,
have helped me become a better
athlete and a better leader on the
"Not only that, but the
relationships that I've developed
as part of the swim team have
helped me not only be the best
right now, but also after I'm
done swimming." 13
The most decorated Thunderbird of all-time, Brian Johns, prepares to represent Canada at his third
Olympic Games.
Pierse dynasty fuels UBC dominance
When the swimming portion
of the Olympic Games is
held this August in Beijing's
highly touted Water Cube, one
Canadian to keep your eye on
is going to be UBC Thunderbird
Annamay Pierse.
The Canadian record holder
in the 50, 100, and 200 metre
breaststroke, Pierse is ranked in
the top five in the world in the
200 m this year and could be in
the mix to final in the 100 m as
"Its been a lot of hard work,
and a lot of ups and downs, but
the last year and a half has just
been phenomenal and more than
I could have ever asked for,"
said the 24-year-old first-time
Another time to keep your eye
out for the Pierse family name
and that will be at the 2009 CIS
Swimming Championships set
for this coming February at the
UBC Aquatic Centre.
That time, however, there will
be three sets of Pierse results to
A native of Edmonton, Pierse
is the eldest from a family of five
girls and two boys, and with the
arrival of younger sister Grainee
to the Point Grey Campus in
September, the UBC women
Thunderbirds pool will be
stocked with three Pierses.
Thunderbird Annamay Pierse, pictured above on her way to victory in the 200 m breaststroke at this year's CIS Championship, is currently ranked
fifth in the world in the event.
Already a teammate of
Annamay, a psychology major,
is younger sister, Hanna, who
is studying Arts. The two
breaststroke and individual
medley specialists recently
combined for six individual
medals, including five gold, at
the 2008 CIS Championships as
UBC extended their dominance
over CIS Swimming with an
eleventh straight national
women's title.
"It's so good to get to train
with Hanna now because
growing up I was always in a
different group than her because
of age," said Pierse, who at 24
is five years older than her next
youngest sister. "It has been
really good to see how much she
has improved in the last year."
Getting to train with family
isn't all about hard work. "It
can be really fun as well to train
with Hanna, except sometimes
she gets the brunt of my bad
moods because I know she can
take it and will always be there
for me," said Pierse.
With younger sisters Fionnuala
and Patricia, both swimmers on
the rise in their own right, UBC's
dominance at the top of women's
CIS swimming could continue
for many years to come.
"If all goes to plan, hopefully
one day each of my sisters will
have the chance to come to UBC
and enjoy it as much as I have."
For now, though, three seems
to be more than enough fuel
to keep UBC's streak alive and
kicking. 13 UBC    REPORTS     |    JULY   3,    2008     |    5
World champ seeking Olympic glory
Athens in 2004 was supposed
to be former UBC Thunderbird
Brent Hayden's coming out
party. A rising star on the
Canadian swim scene, he was
poised to make his mark on the
world stage.
As most people know,
however, even the best laid plans
can go awry.
The whole Canadian team
struggled and failed to claim a
single medal in the pool, with
Hayden not even contesting the
100 metre freestyle, an event
he won at the 2007 World
Championships in Melbourne.
Fast forward to 2008, and
Hayden is once again seeking
to make his mark on the biggest
stage in the swimming world.
There can be no greater
achievement for a Canadian
swimmer than to earn a gold
medal in the men's 100 m
freestyle at the Olympic Games.
"I've gotten little bit more
experience this time around, and
I think before Athens I was just
kind of getting ready to go the
Olympics," said the 24-year-old
Hayden. "This time I am getting
Defending 100 m freestyle world champion Brent Hayden will be battling for gold in Beijing.
ready to go and win medals, so
my preparation is a little more
serious but I've also had a few
more obstacles to overcome."
There are a number of
obstacles Hayden will have to
navigate if he wishes to translate
his 2007 world title into
Olympic gold.
For one, a sub-48-second 100
freestyle, a result that seemed
fairly improbable one year ago,
appears now to be the standard
necessary to claim any medal in
As it stands, Hayden's
Canadian record from his World
Championships triumph of 48.43
must be erased by a significant
margin if he is to earn gold.
Even with a Games
appearance under his belt,
the pressure and awe of the
Olympic atmosphere can still be
And then there is Hayden's
back, with a bulging disc that
has given him problems all year
and forced him to pass on the 50
m freestyle at this year's Olympic
Knowing all of this, Hayden
has been able to maintain a level
head and balanced approach.
"I am just looking at this one
[the 100 freestyle in Beijing] as
another race. I'm trying not to
think about the pressure and
expectations that people have of
me because the pressure I have
put on myself is enough," said
Hayden. 13
Tap and rope guide swimmer to victory
At age 24, new UBC grad
Donovan Tildesley has broken
two world records, won a dozen
gold medals in international
swim meets and is part of Team
Canada for the third time in the
Paralympic Games in Beijing this
The Vancouver native is also
a motivational speaker and part
owner of a small radio station in
Whistler, B.C.
Tildesley, who was born
blind, won a bronze medal in
the 2000 Sydney Paralympics
and two silver and one more
bronze medal in Athens in 2004.
He's currently the No. 2-ranked
swimmer with a disability in the
world in the 400-metre freestyle.
"Competing in the
Paralympics was one of the most
amazing experiences in my life,"
says Tildesley, who began racing
at age nine with the help of his
father and coach Hugh, a former
competitive swimmer.
Hugh is also Donovan's
"tapper," charged with the vital
task of tapping his son on the
head with a pole when he's one
stroke away from the wall.
"The questions I get asked
most is how do I avoid
swimming into the wall, and
how I swim in a straight line,"
explains Tildesley.
Using the lane rope as a
guide, Tildesley must keep his
arms straight and centred as to
keep on course. "As I get tired,
keeping my arms symmetrical
becomes more difficult, but that's
part of the sport."
Since graduating from UBC
this spring with an English
degree, Tildesley has been
busy speaking at schools and
community events on behalf of
the RBC Olympians Program.
"I love it as much as competing
in the pool," says Tildesley. "It's
a chance to step outside myself
and tell my story.
"If I can enrich, inspire or
help change someone's life, that
makes me happy."
Another thing that makes
Tildesley happy involves skis
and may not be everybody's cup
of tea. "There's nothing more
thrilling than being on top of
Spanky's Ladder on Blackcomb
and making the 500 vertical feet
Now imagine doing that with
your eyes closed. 13
Donovan Tildesley will be representing Canada in the Paralympic Games for the third time this summer. I     UBC    REPORTS     |    JULY    3,    200!
Broad strokes power Olympic success
Jake Wetzel's conceptual goal
for the Beijing Olympics is to
take one eight hundredths of a
second out of his life. That was
the margin of defeat for UBC
student Wetzel and his three
teammates in finishing second
to Great Britain in the rowing
coxless four event at the 2004
Athens Olympics.
"The Olympics is an
accumulation of a lifetime of
training brought together in a
six-minute race," says Wetzel.
"Meeting and delivering on
expectations is the greatest
mental challenge of the
Born in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan to an American
father and Swedish mother,
Wetzel holds dual citizenship in
Canada and the United States.
He started out as a mountain
biker on the Canadian Junior
Cycling team, but was inspired
by the 1996 Olympics rowing
competition and in 1997 started
in the freshman eight at Berkley,
California. His extraordinary
talent was immediately noticed,
and he made the Canadian
National Team in his first year
- a rare accomplishment for any
rower. He has won three world
championships - two for Canada
and one for the United States. His
latest world championship was in
2007 when he joined UBC.
This summer, Wetzel will be
rowing in the men's eight event
in Beijing and he is confident his
team can win gold. "In the eight,
members of the boat must be
completely synchronized, unified
and in tune with each other so
that together they function as
one unit," says Wetzel.
His team recently raced in the
Europe World Cup, which is the
only pre-Olympic test event and
won by a boat length. "Everyone
we will be facing in Beijing
was at that race and we did
exceptionally well," says Wetzel.
"Everything is coming together
now. We are a well-oiled machine
and we have the advantage that
the majority of the crew has
Olympic experience. Over the
next few weeks we will continue
to improve physically and
For Wetzel, the Beijing
Olympics is his last shot to bring
home a gold medal. " When the
athletic chapter of my life draws
to a close I look forward to the
challenge of returning to UBC in
order to complete my Masters in
Finance and I hope to continue
on and attain a PhD." 13
Jake Wetzel (centre) will row for gold in the men's eight in Beijing, after winning a silver medal in the coxless fours in Athens.
Seventy six years ago, a young
oarsman named Ned Pratt
became the first UBC student
to win an Olympic medal,
claiming a bronze in the double
sculls in 1932 in Los Angeles
and triggering a decades-
long succession of Olympic
appearances for UBC rowers.
Rarely has an Olympic year
passed since when Thunderbird
crew members and former
crew members - both men and
women - have not been among
Canada's Olympic hopefuls.
The Games of 1956, '60 and '64
were particularly fruitful, with
crews consisting entirely of UBC
students winning medals in each
of those years.
Recent graduates Ben Rutledge
of Cranbrook (Commerce)
and Kyle Hamilton (Arts) of
Richmond are currently vying
to become the most recent in a
UBC rowers living a legacy
long line of UBC rowers to make
their mark in Olympic history.
Both are members of Canada's
eight-man crew, which will go to
Beijing ranked first in the world
by the International Rowing
Federation, following a gold-
medal finish at a pre-Olympic
World Cup event last month in
Lucerne, Switzerland.
"We're going there to win,'"
says Hamilton from the national
team training site at Elk Lake
just outside Victoria. "Lucerne
was a really good tester. We
were three seconds faster than
the second-place boat which is a
huge margin at that level."
While still attending UBC, the
pair joined Canada's national
team program in 2002, and
in their first year won gold
medals in the eight at the World
Championships in Seville,
Spain. In spite of numerous
international podium finishes
that followed, and a similar
first-place ranking going into
the 2004 Olympics, Canada
finished a disappointing fifth
at the Athens games. Rutledge,
however, is confident that
experience will pay off this time
around in Beijing.
"The pressure of being ranked
number one is the same," he
says. "Having been there before,
we're better able to deal with
that pressure."
The biggest challenges,
according to Hamilton, will
come from long-time traditional
contenders from the USA,
Australia, England and Germany,
and more recently, China. "The
Chinese are really coming
on strong," he says. "These
Olympics are very important to
While both admit that
is has been a big leap from
university rowing to elite
international competition, they
speak reverently of their early
Former UBC Rowers Ben Rutledge and Kyle Hamilton celebrate <
triumph as part of Team Canada.
experiences at UBC.
"The spirit and camaraderie of
a crew sport that I experienced
at UBC led me to pursue my
path," says Rutledge. "Rowing is
very hard on your body, and the
better you get at it, the harder it
becomes. Without the coaches
and the excitement around
rowing at UBC, I probably
wouldn't have stuck with it." 13 UBC    REPORTS     |    JULY    3,    2008     |     7
T-Birds soar on field hockey team
Canada's Olympic field hockey team could boast nine T-Birds: (from left to right) Mark Pearson, Scott Tupper, Philip Wright, Marian Schole, David Jameson, Anthony Wright and David
Carter. Not pictured: Former T-Birds Mike Mahood and Connor Grimes.
Before Canada created
a national sports program,
university teams donned the
maple leaf for the Olympics.
There were two UBC rowing
teams at the 1958 Melbourne
Games alone - one bringing
home UBC's first Olympic gold
medal, another winning silver.
While this varsity tradition has
largely fallen by the wayside, tell
that to Canada's men's Olympic
field hockey team. With as many
of nine UBC Thunderbirds
expected on the squad, they will
form nearly half of the team.
"Making the Olympics is like
our Stanley Cup," says Anthony
Wright (defense), who hopes to
be joined by his brother Philip
(forward) on the Vancouver-
based team. "I've been thinking
about it since I was five, so it is a
dream come true."
Also expected in Beijing are
fellow T-Birds Mark Pearson
(forward), David Jameson
(midfielder) Marian Schole
(midfielder), Scott Tupper
(defense), David Carter (goal)
and former T-Birds Mike
Mahood (goal) and Connor
Grimes (forward). Most have
played together since they could
first hold a stick, introduced to
the sport by parents or siblings
in Vancouver's tight-knit field
hockey community.
"We have played together
so long that we are all kind of
like brothers," says Tupper, who
has played with the Wrights
since grade school, and recently
recovered from having his eye
socket broken by an errant stick.
"By now, we know where each
other is going to be on the field."
Playing for UBC (and former
Canadian Olympic) coach Shiaz
Virjee, the T-Birds have racked
up an impressive record, not
losing a Vancouver Men's Field
Hockey Premier Division game
since 2005.
More recently, UBC's players
have helped Canada do what
no men's field hockey team has
done since 2000: qualify for
the Olympics. While it would
take a major upset over the
sports' superpowers - Australia,
Pakistan and Holland - for
Canada to medal, Anthony
Wright is excited to hit the pitch
in Beijing.
"This gets Canada's foot
in the door, and gives us an
opportunity to play at the
highest level," he says. "It is
a great step and we are very
excited to be involved."
For more on UBC field hockey
and the Wrights, who are third-
generation Olympians, visit
wright.html. 13
Thelma Wright on the
Munich Olympics
Thelma Wright at a 1971 Canada-Italy meet in Palermo, Sicily.
Thelma Wright saw first hand
how terrorism hijacked the 1972
Summer Olympics in Munich.
On September 5, Palestinian
terrorists infiltrated the Olympic
Village, captured hostages and
killed 11 members of the Israeli
Olympic team.
"It was horrendous," says
Wright, "to see how our German
hosts' faces changed, from big
open, friendly smiles, to looking
stunned, sickened and even
Just the previous day, Wright,
then a 20-year-old UBC student,
had competed in the 1,500-metre
event for women. She failed to
make the finals and went out
on the town with her husband,
Lee Wright, a UBC graduate and
field hockey star, to "drown her
sorrows," recalls Wright.
They returned late to the
Olympic Village, bidding each
other goodnight next to the
Israeli building. Wright went
upstairs to the women's quarters.
The next morning, she was
awakened by the screaming of an
Israeli female athlete.
Under military lockdown,
the entire three-block Olympic
Village - once bright and festive
- was now ringed "bumper to
bumper by military trucks and
soldiers with guns, including an
armed escort in our elevator,"
says Wright.
Four years later in 1976,
Wright had a chance to
experience a more peaceful
Olympics, this time in Montreal.
To read more about the
Wrights, a remarkable Olympian
family, visit: http://www.
2008/08may01/wright.html 13 UBC    REPORTS     |    JULY   3,    200!
Achieving excellence one lap at a time
Canadian Olympic Swim Team (and former T-Bird) coach Tom Johnson says UBC swimmers will make a splash in Beijing.
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together with its partners including
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health and life sciences through a
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Under the guidance of head
coach Tom Johnson, the 2008
Canadian Swim Team's chances
for Olympic success look good.
And UBC's swimmers are
expected to bring home medals.
This veteran swim coach
- who spent 16 successful years
coaching UBC's Varsity team
- has completed a few laps of
the pool himself. Johnson placed
19 swimmers on the 2000, 2004
and 2008 Canadian Olympic
teams. He was a member of
Canada's coaching staff at
eight Olympic Games, nine
world championships and eight
Commonwealth Games. His
clubs won 15 national team titles
and 21 Canadian Interuniversity
Sport national championships.
Johnson believes his UBC
Olympic hopefuls - Brian Johns
and Brent Hayden, who are
part of the 27-member team,
are primed for the 2008 Beijing
Summer Olympics and will
return with medals in hand.
"Patience, concentration,
perseverance and self-discipline
are the four fundamental tenets
to achieve Olympic success,"
says Johnson, who also heads
the National Aquatic Centre
at UBC. "These 27 athletes are
committed to their sport and
continuously demonstrate that
they are comfortable being
uncomfortable. They have what
it takes to make the podium."
As UBC's Varsity Swim Coach,
Johnson was instrumental in
developing UBC's reputation as
a top destination for athletes
wanting to pursue higher
education and high performance
sport. "The same principles
required in sport apply to
academic and career success,"
says Johnson. "At UBC, we
have been able to create an
opportunity for prospective
students to follow more than
one passion and be successful in
Johnson's work led to Swim
Canada designating UBC's
Aquatic Centre as one of nine
high performance centres in
Canada in 1998. "We used
an integrated approach and
collaborated with community
programs including the UBC
Varsity Team, the National
Team and the Pacific Dolphins,"
says Johnson. The UBC Aquatic
Centre remains one of only
two National Aquatic Centres
in Canada following some
structural reorganization after
the 2004 Athens Olympics. The
other is in Montreal.
Johnson says the Beijing
Olympics will be more
challenging and competitive
because more nations have put a
priority on swimming. However,
he feels the unrealized potential
at the last Olympics combined
with the renewed focus on sport
in advance of 2010 is helping
coaches, athletes, administrators
and the public at large to better
understand what it takes to win.
According to Johnson no
career is a linear progression.
"Athletes must realize that they
will not swim great all the time
but need to swim great at the
right time," says Johnson. "That
is what the Olympics and life
are all about - being the best
you possibly can at the right
The best advice Johnson has
to offer aspiring athletes and
students is to live their dream, be
present in the moment and value
the journey. "Only then will
they be able to experience and
appreciate the highs and learn
from the lows." 13 UBC    REPORTS     |    JULY   3,    2 o o f
Frick's wheel-life journey
began at UBC
Coached by UBC alumnus Tim Frick (back row, centre) and former T-Bird coach Bruce Enns (back row, 3rd
from right), Canada's top-ranked women's wheelchair basketball squad includes UBC student Jennifer Krempien (No. 4, front row), alumna Patricia Nicholson (not pictured) and former UBC coach Misty Thomas (No.
14, second row). After multiple knee injuries, Thomas is set to become the first Canadian Olympian to compete
in the Paralympics.
One of the most successful
coaches in Canadian paralympic
history, Tim Frick says his career
path can be traced directly back
to his undergraduate days in
what was then UBC's School
of Physical Education. It was
there in 1977 he met a young
wheelchair athlete and fellow
physical education student
named Rick Hansen.
Inspired by Hansen and
others at UBC, Frick began a
lifelong pursuit of coaching
wheelchair athletes. His many
coaching triumphs eventually
culminated in him being named
head coach of the Canadian
National Women's Wheelchair
Basketball Team in 1990.
Under his guidance, Canada
has won medals in every
Paralympic Games and World
Championships since 1992
- most of them gold.
"Rick had a big influence
on my life," says Frick. "My
experiences with him made me
decide to focus on adaptive
physical education, which is the
area in which I did my master's
"There were other incredible
people at UBC in those days too
- coaches like Peter Mullins,
Lionel Pugh, Bob Hindmarch
and Jack and Marilyn Pomfret.
They all became my unofficial
mentors. They didn't know it,
but they were."
Frick and Hansen remained
close friends and colleagues after
graduation, with Frick coaching
Hansen in wheelchair marathon,
and later playing a key role in
helping to launch and stage the
Man in Motion World Tour that
raised millions for spinal cord
At the same time, he was a
devoted volunteer coach for
both wheelchair basketball and
volleyball. His commitment to
advancing sport opportunities
for disabled athletes one day
led him to the bedside of Terry
Fox, who had just lost his leg to
cancer. He convinced Fox to play
wheelchair basketball, and later
became his coach too.
Currently on a one-year leave
from his job teaching sport
sciences at Douglas College,
Frick is quietly optimistic about
his team's chances in Beijing,
although he agrees with many
other coaches that the Chinese
will rise to this historical
"Australia, Germany and the
USA are always going to be
strong," says the Order of British
Columbia recipient, "but I think
the Chinese will surprise a lot of
people." 13
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Clients and friends employed at UBC frequently ask us
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The 2008 UBC team
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
Exploratory Workshops provide funding for bringing together
researchers from different disciplines at UBC with distinguished
external experts to work jointly toward assessing the research
possibilities in a new area. Typically, Exploratory Workshops will
take place over a period of several days and have a mix of open and
closed sessions. The amount ofthe award is up to $20,000.
Next Application Deadline: October 1,2008
The Major Thematic Grant provides funding of up to $500,000 over
a three to five-year period to a broad interdisciplinary team of UBC
and external scholars to research a new area of basic research. It is
expected that UBC will become a centre for research on the topic.
Applicants for a Major Thematic Grant must first have applied for
and held a successful Peter Wall Exploratory Workshop within the
previous two years. Contact the Director for details.
Next Letter of Intent Deadline: October 1,2008
Colloquia are usually held during the lunch hour or late afternoon
in the Institute's conference rooms and are open to the University
community. The Institute provides accommodation for a
distinguished visiting speaker of interest to an interdisciplinary
audience, the meeting venue, and a luncheon for up to twelve
Requests may be made at any time during the year.
Theme Development Workshops are very informal meetings of UBC
researchers typically held in the Institute's conference rooms over
several hours and closed to all but invited participants. The sessions,
which often lead to Exploratory Workshop applications, allow
researchers to come together with colleagues across the campus to
share initial ideas on researching a particular theme. The meeting
venue and a budget for a light meal are provided.
Requests may be made at any time during the year.
For more information, please drop in on the top floor
ofthe University Centre, visit our website at
www.pwias.ubc.ca, or call us at (604) 822-4782.
UBC athletes have participated in the Olympic Games since the 1928 Games in
At least 215 athletes, coaches and support staff from UBC have participated in
the Olympic Games
At least 25 athletes, coaches and support staff from UBC have participated in
UBC Olympians have captured 54 medals, including 15 gold, 22 silver and 17
UBC Paralympians have captured 55 medals, including 24 gold, 13 silver and
17 bronze
With three gold medals and one bronze, rower Kathleen Heddle is UBC's most
decorated Olympian
UBC's most decorated Paralympian is Walter Wu, whose 16 medals in
The most recent UBC medalist is Jeff Pain, a former UBC track and field athlete
who captured silver in skeleton at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy
Die coverage, see www.ubc.ca/beijing.
For more UBC Olympic anc
Beijing-bound UBC Olympians, Paralympians,
coaches and support staff:
Jaimie Borisoff, Vancouver, B.C.
(Wheelchair basketball)
Scott Fraser, Vancouver, B.C. (Physiotherapist)
Tim Frick, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
(Wheelchair basketball coach)
Nikola Girke, West Vancouver, B.C. (Windsurfing)
Kyle Hamilton, Richmond, B.C. (Rowing)
Brent Hayden, Maple Ridge, B.C. (Swimming)
Brian Johns, Richmond, B.C. (Swimming)
Tom Johnson, Montreal, QC (Swimming coach)
Eugene Liang, Vancouver, B.C. (Massage therapist)
Mike Leigh, Vancouver, B.C. (Sailing)
Ron Mattison, Quesnel, B.C. (Physiotherapist)
Bob McCormack (Canada's Chief Medical Officer)
Don McKenzie, Richmond, B.C. (Physician)
Joseph Nagy, Hungary (Swimming coach)
Patricia Nicholson, Richmond B.C.
(Wheelchair basketball)
Richard Peter, Vancouver, B.C.
(Wheelchair basketball)
Annamay Pierse, Edmonton, AB (Swimming)
Nadine Plotnikoff, Vancouver, B.C. (Physiotherapist)
Marc Rizzardo (Soccer physiotherapist)
Ben Rutledge, Cranbrook, B.C. (Rowing)
Babak Shadgan, Tehran, Iran (Wrestling doctor)
Jack Taunton, Montreal, QC
(2010 Chief Medical Officer)
Donovan Tildesley, Vancouver, B.C. (Swimming)
Hugh Tildesley, Rosemere, QC (Swimming coach)
Shiaz Virjee (Field hockey)
Jake Wetzel, Saskatoon, SK( Rowing)
Hopefuls (teams still pending):
David Carter, Vancouver, B.C. (Field hockey)
Bruce Enns, Winnipeg, MB
(Wheelchair basketball coach)
David Jameson, North Vancouver, B.C.
(Field hockey)
Connor Grimes, Duncan, B.C. (Field Hockey)
Jennifer Krempien, St. Albert, AB
(Wheelchair basketball)
Mike Mahood, North Vancouver, B.C.
(Field Hockey)
Mike Mason, Nanoose Bay, B.C. (Track and field)
Brooks McNiven, Terrace, B.C. (Baseball)
Mark Pearson, Vancouver, B.C. (Field hockey)
Marian Schole, Berlin, Germany (Field hockey)
Jeff Standfield, Vancouver, B.C. (Rowing)
Misty Thomas, Santa Monica, CA
(Wheelchair basketball)
Scott Tupper, Vancouver, B.C. (Field hockey)
Rob Weitemeyer, Coquitlam, B.C. (Rowing)
Anthony Wright, Vancouver, B.C. (Field hockey)
Phillip Wright, Vancouver, B.C. (Field hockey)
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Academic rigour makes for earned runs
Rigorous academic demands
at UBC have helped Olympic
hopeful Brooks McNiven make a
career out of playing baseball.
"Very few people in pro ball
finish college," says McNiven,
who holds a Bachelor's degree
in Human Kinetics. "I received
a first-rate education and more
importantly, learned to manage
my time and it's made me a
better player.
"Unlike some American
schools that let athletes off easy,
you earn your degree at UBC,"
says the right-hand pitcher.
First drafted in the 46th
round by the Blue Jays in
1999, McNiven came to UBC
in the same year on a baseball
scholarship. He played on the
gold medal-winning Team BC
at the Canada Games in 2001
and was on the NAIA All
Region team for 2002 and 2003
before embarking on his first
professional season with the
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Salem,
Since then, McNiven has
played for the San Jose Giants,
the Connecticut Defenders, as
well as with Team Canada at the
2007 World Cup and the 2008
Olympic qualifier for the Beijing
Representing Canada
in the Olympics would be
"unbelievable," says McNiven,
who also played hockey,
volleyball and basketball in high
school in Vernon, B.C. "All of
us have watched hockey players
play for the country. To do that
in baseball is the opportunity of
a lifetime." 13
Pitcher Brooks McNiven credits rigorous academic demands at UBC for making him a better baseball player.
Fast boat to China
When Mike Leigh was a
student at UBC, the competitive
sailor used some of the
knowledge from his kinesiology
courses to shape his training
That was in 2003, when the
Vancouverite was preparing to
sail a laser - a small, one-person
sailboat - at the 2004 Olympics.
In 2005, his hard work paid
off: Leigh landed enough
sponsorship to sail full time, and
he put his studies on hold.
One of his favorite things
about sailing is the constant
learning the sport requires.
"In sailing, there's always
more to learn because in each
course there is new information
about currents and wind to
absorb," he explains. "You also
have to get to know the other
racers, learn their habits and
tactically position yourself in
relation to them on the course."
Leigh also does some yacht
racing, stretching his skills by
learning new vessels whenever he
can. In March 2008 he won the
Laser Radial Championship in
New Zealand.
Leigh will apply his skill at
being able to move from vessel
Mike Leigh finds his best racing position.
to vessel when he competes at
the Olympics: the hull, mast
and boom of the boats will only
be provided to the athletes on
arrival, so there will be minimal
time to learn the new equipment.
Leigh is pumping up the
volume and intensity of his
schedule before Beijing by
competing in several European
regattas. He hopes to fly when the
wind rises on the Yellow Sea. 13 12     |     UBC    REPORTS     |    JULY   3,    200!
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