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THIS SUMMER, nearly 40 members of the UBC                                                                   which began in 1928 and includes 109 medals and 240

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 B E I J I N G O LYM P I C E M B L E M : A M S TRO N G D E S I G N
community will participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympic                                                      participants. This special edition of UBC Reports tells
and Paralympic Games as athletes, coaches sports                                                            the stories of students, alumni, faculty and staff who
doctors and staff.                                                                                          embody the Games motto of “higher, farther, faster.”
In UBC’s Centenary year, the 2008 Games are an exciting                                                     For complete current and historical UBC coverage, see
new chapter in our rich Olympic and Paralympic legacy,                                                      www.ubc.ca/beijing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PHOTO : M A R T I N D E E
From Maui to the Yellow Sea, Nikola Girke competes on worldwide winds.

                      Riding the waves to success
BY MEG WALKER                          from sailing to windsurfing.          she was a five-time Canadian       bachelor’s degree in Human                                                                                                               ask good questions.”
                                         Girke had a chance to show          Women’s Windsurf Champion.         Kinetics and a business minor in                                                                                                           At the end of June, Girke goes
   If there’s a good wind up, West     off her sailing talents when she      She loved the adrenaline of the    1995. “I loved the program and I                                                                                                         to Mexico for three weeks to
Vancouverite Nikola Girke can          competed in the 470 class sailing     solo sport and decided to take     did well because I was interested                                                                                                        continue her rigorous training.
usually be found on the water.         competitions in the Athens            on the new challenge of training   in it,” she recalls. “I definitely                                                                                                       Conditions there – light wind,
That’s not unusual for a sailor.       Olympic games in 2004, placing        for Olympic competition in         used what I learned in my sports                                                                                                         lots of current and waves, and
But what is unusual is that Girke      13th.                                 windsurfing.                       career. When I go to a physio, or                                                                                                        hot, humid weather – will help
is one of the few athletes who           But Girke had started                 Her challenges are supported     when a trainer explains things                                                                                                           her acclimatize to what she can
has successfully switched from         windsufing in her early 20s when      by knowledge learned at UBC,       to me in the gym, I know what                                                                                                            expect when she goes for gold in
one Olympic sport to another:          she was living in Maui. By 2005,      where Girke completed a            they’re talking about and I can                                                                                                          Beijing.

                                                                                                                                                     P H OTO : CO U R T E S Y O F C A N A D I A N W H E E LCH A I R BA SK E T BA LL A S SO C I AT I ON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for gold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           UBC alumnus Jaimie Borisoff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           (No. 11, front row) will go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for his third consecutive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Paralympic gold in wheelchair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           basketball this summer.
         | UBC REPORTS | JULY 3, 2008

                                                                                                                                                   IN THE NEWS
                                                                                                                 Highlights of UBC media coverage in June 2008.                                       COMPILED	BY	MEG	WALKER

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                       Don Proteau                        “Frank and Don made me feel very
                       BComm, CFP
                       Senior Financial          comfortable with their advice and long-range
                       Planner                       planning. Their knowledge of the faculty
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                       Management Ltd.       pension plan is also a plus for UBC professors.”
                       Member CIPF
3/08   3:27:24 PM
                                                                        Dr. J.H. McNeill,
                      Frank Danielson                                                           An original billboard for the now-restored 1914 Edward S. Curtis film In the Land of the Head Hunters.
                                                                     Professor Emeritus,
                      BEd, CFP
                      Senior Financial                      Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC
                      Planner                                                                   Landmark sex exploitation                                The Vancouver Sun. Many                                   research and engage in panel
                      Assante Financial
                      Management Ltd.                                                           study finds surprising number                            highlighted the work the TI                               discussions in 4,000 sessions at
                                                                                                of female abusers                                        has done in drawing attention                             the university’s four campuses.
           (604) 678-3442 • dproteau@assante.com • fdanielson@assante.com                          The results of Canada’s                               to potentially dangerous drugs                              The May 31 to June 8
                                                                                                largest study into the sexual                            like Vioxx, which was later                               conference was the largest
                                                                                                exploitation of street kids and                          withdrawn from the market.                                Congress in the organization’s
                                                                                                runaways were reported by                                                                                          history, and the biggest event
                                                                                                CanWest News Service and The                             Human trafficking in Canada                               UBC has ever hosted.
                                                                                                Vancouver Sun.                                              UBC law professor Benjamin                               Their research was gathered
                                                                                                   Elizabeth Saewyc, associate                           Perrin was widely quoted for his                          under the umbrella theme,
                                                                                                professor of nursing at UBC                              comments on a recently released                           Thinking Beyond Borders.
                                                                                                and principal investigator for                           U.S. report on human trafficking.                           Multiple stories about ideas
                                                                                                the study, said researchers were                         Canada looks good on paper, but                           presented during the Congress
                                                                                                surprised to find that many                              has much more work to do.                                 were picked up by The Globe
                                                                                                abusers are women seeking sex                               “We know that human                                    and Mail, The Vancouver Sun,
                                                                                                with young males.                                        trafficking is continuing to                              The National Post, The Times
                                                                                                   Results were drawn from                               flourish in Canada and that it’s                          Colonist and papers across B.C.
                                                                                                interviews with 1,845 youth                              one of the most serious crimes
                                                                                                – some as young as 12 – in                               in our country,’’ said Perrin,                            Rare Edward Curtis film
                                                                                                surveys taken across the province                        founder of The Future Group, a                            restored and on tour
                                                                                                between 2000 and 2006.                                   non-governmental organization                               A restored and expanded
                                                                                                                                                         dedicated to ending human                                 edition of the 1914 film “In the
                                                                                                Status of Therapeutics Initiative                        trafficking.                                              Land of the Head Hunters,” the
                                                                                                under heavy discussion                                      Perrin’s research and advocacy                         only feature-length film made by
                                                                                                  A review of Therapeutics                               work was discussed by media                               acclaimed photographer Edward
                                                                                                Initiative (TI), a UBC-based                             outlets across the country                                Curtis (1868-1952), played in
            Accommodation for UBC visitors                                                      group that independently                                 including CTV, Canoe.ca,                                  Los Angeles and Seattle before
                                                                                                evaluates drug trials and                                Victoria Star, Chronicle Herald,                          coming to the UBC.
                                                                                                provides recommendations to                              Vancouver Province, Metro,                                  Aaron Glass, a UBC
                                                                                                doctors and to the government,                           CKWS, Miramichi Leader,                                   anthropologist who worked on
              Business                                                      Family &            was released as the Report of the                        Bugle-Observer, Canadian Press,                           the four-year restoration project
                                                                                                Pharmaceutical Task Force.                               Canwest News Service and The                              and who found the film’s original
               Guests                                                        Friends
                                                                                                  The report’s recommendations                           Vancouver Sun.                                            score at the Getty Institute in
                                                                                                to overhaul TI were met                                                                                            2004, said the original work
                                                                                                with more than a month’s                                 Congress of the Humanities                                was very much a collaboration
                                                                                                worth of discussion about,                               comes to UBC                                              between the Kwakwaka’wakw
                         Point Grey Guest House                                                 and defense of, the watchdog                                More than 9,500 academics                              people of B.C. and Curtis.
                4103 W. 10th Ave.Vancouver, B.C. 604-222-4104                                   organization in The Canadian                             met at the Congress of the                                  Stories appeared in The
              www.pointgreyguesthouse.com info@pointgreyguesthouse.com                          Medical Association Journal,                             Humanities and Social Sciences                            Vancouver Sun and Los Angeles
                                                                                                The National Post and                                    at UBC to present cutting-edge                            and Seattle newspapers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        P H OTO : M A R TI N D E E
                                     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
BY BASIL WAUGH                       is assembling a team of 2,700        upcoming 61st birthday by            massive undertaking is well
                                     medical volunteers to care           running his 61st marathon.           underway.
A ski jumper lands wrong and         for the more than 1.5 million        Despite being the picture of            “There were 1,200 people
breaks her spine. Food poisoning     spectators, media, volunteers and    health, he is lucky to be alive.     hospitalized in the Torino Winter
takes out a bobsled team. A          athletes expected to attend. “It     Shortly before the 2000 Sydney       Olympics,” says Taunton, who
skate blade clips a speed skater     doesn’t get any better than the      Games, where he was CMO for          was born in Montreal. “Athletes
and blood gushes onto the ice.       biggest international sporting       the Canadian Olympic team,           represented only 15 per cent of
  These are just some of the         event in your city and country.”     he underwent surgery for a           medical encounters, the rest were
nightmare scenarios that UBC’s          “We are working to make           quadruple bypass heart attack.       volunteers, spectators and media            Want to volunteer
Jack Taunton is busy preparing       these the safest, healthiest games      “I have been given a second       with relatively minor injuries.
                                                                                                                                                         at the 010 Olympic
for as VANOC’s Chief Medical         ever,” says Taunton, who co-         chance,” says Taunton, who           We will be treating these people
                                                                                                                                                         and Paralympic Winter
Officer (CMO) for the 2010           founded both Vancouver’s Sun         was attracted to medicine after      in our own facilities, outside the
Winter Games. Responsible for        Run and UBC’s Allan McGavin          suffering from polio as child        hospital system.”
basic and emergency health care      Sports Medicine Clinic. “We          and a severe car accident as a          Aside from a clean bill of
                                                                                                                                                            Members of the UBC
and doping control for 2010,         want our games drug-free,            teen. “I’m cherishing my family,     health, Taunton wants the 2010            community who want to
Taunton will be in Beijing this      tobacco-free and – an Olympic        my team, and the challenge of        Games to leave a rich medical             volunteer for 2010 can apply
summer monitoring medical            first – transfat-free,” he says.     preparing for 2010.”                 legacy. So far, big ticket items          through VANOC at
programs for the International       VANOC medical partners                  With VANOC vowing that            include a new blood doping lab,           www.vancouver2010.com/en.
Olympic Committee (IOC).             include B.C.’s Ministry of Health,   the games will not materially        a new CAT Scan in Whistler, 145           To view UBC’s volunteer
  “For a sports physician, being     Vancouver Coastal Health and         impact B.C.’s health care system,    treatment beds, defibrillators and        statement for faculty and
CMO for 2010 is a dream              the IOC.                             and little existing medical          training.                                 staff, visit www.hr.ubc.ca.
come true,” says Taunton, who           Taunton will celebrate his        infrastructure in Whistler, the

                                              Hungry for another gold
BY MEG WALKER                        the performance nutrition            international competitions to
                                     recommendations made for             prepare for the Paralympics.
   Peanut butter and jelly           able-bodied athletes,” she           Krempien says her colleagues
sandwich, a banana and half          says. “Physiologically and           and especially her MSc
a granola bar. These simple          metabolically, athletes with         supervisor, Dr. Susan Barr, have
comfort foods make up Jennifer       a spinal cord injury are very        been extremely supportive and
Krempien’s favorite pre-game         different than their able-bodied     understanding of the time needed
meal and she plans to continue       colleagues.”                         to prepare for committing to
the ritual when she competes            Krempien started playing          gold.
with the Canadian Women’s            wheelchair basketball at age 9.         Krempien says the thing
National Wheelchair Basketball       In 1992, she joined the Canadian     she looks forward to most at
Team this September.                 women’s national team and            the 2008 Paralympic Games
   A pediatric clinical dietitian    played in her first Paralympic       is leaving a legacy for the
at B.C. Children’s Hospital,         Games in Barcelona, where            almost one million people with
Krempien has a unique                the team won gold. In her 16         disabilities living in Beijing. “I
relationship to food. For her        years with the team, Canada          hope that having Beijing host
Master’s of Science in Human         has won three Paralympic gold        the Paralympics will initiate
Nutrition at UBC, she is looking     medals, including the 1996           major improvements in overall
                                                                                                                                                                                        P H OTO : B O G E T T I -S M I T H P H OTOG R A P H Y

at the nutrient intakes of elite     Atlanta Games and the 2000           accessibility and break down
Canadian athletes with a spinal      Sydney Games. The team also          some of the cultural barriers
cord injury and some of the          won bronze at the Athens 2004        that face people with disabilities
factors that are influencing those   Paralympic Games and four            currently,” she says. “I am
intakes.                             World Championship gold              hopeful [the people of Beijing]
   “I am interested in this          medals.                              will be able to look beyond the
topic because as an athlete             The year leading up to Beijing    disability and be awed by the
with a spinal cord injury, I         has been very demanding, as          raw human potential on display.”
was struggling to interpret          the team has been to several                                              Jennifer Krempien dominates the court.
 | UBC REPORTS | JULY 3, 2008

            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.”

                                      The most decorated Thunderbird of all-time, Brian Johns, prepares to represent Canada at his third               P H OTO : M A R T I N D E E

                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         P HOTO : RI CHAR D L A M

   Another time to keep your eye
out for the Pierse family name
and that will be at the 2009 CIS
Swimming Championships set            Thunderbird Annamay Pierse, pictured above on her way to victory in the 200 m breaststroke at this year’s CIS Championship, is currently ranked
for this coming February at the       fifth in the world in the event.
UBC Aquatic Centre.
   That time, however, there will        Already a teammate of              eleventh straight national               Getting to train with family                                    dominance at the top of women’s
be three sets of Pierse results to    Annamay, a psychology major,          women’s title.                        isn’t all about hard work. “It                                     CIS swimming could continue
compare.                              is younger sister, Hanna, who            “It’s so good to get to train      can be really fun as well to train                                 for many years to come.
   A native of Edmonton, Pierse       is studying Arts. The two             with Hanna now because                with Hanna, except sometimes                                         “If all goes to plan, hopefully
is the eldest from a family of five   breaststroke and individual           growing up I was always in a          she gets the brunt of my bad                                       one day each of my sisters will
girls and two boys, and with the      medley specialists recently           different group than her because      moods because I know she can                                       have the chance to come to UBC
arrival of younger sister Grainee     combined for six individual           of age,” said Pierse, who at 24       take it and will always be there                                   and enjoy it as much as I have.”
to the Point Grey Campus in           medals, including five gold, at       is five years older than her next     for me,” said Pierse.                                                For now, though, three seems
September, the UBC women              the 2008 CIS Championships as         youngest sister. “It has been            With younger sisters Fionnuala                                  to be more than enough fuel
Thunderbirds pool will be             UBC extended their dominance          really good to see how much she       and Patricia, both swimmers on                                     to keep UBC’s streak alive and
stocked with three Pierses.           over CIS Swimming with an             has improved in the last year.”       the rise in their own right, UBC’s                                 kicking.
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                World champ seeking Olympic glory
BY BEN SCHACH                                                                                                                                              For one, a sub-48-second 100
                                                                                                                                                        freestyle, a result that seemed
   Athens in 2004 was supposed                                                                                                                          fairly improbable one year ago,
to be former UBC Thunderbird                                                                                                                            appears now to be the standard
Brent Hayden’s coming out                                                                                                                               necessary to claim any medal in
party. A rising star on the                                                                                                                             Beijing.
Canadian swim scene, he was                                                                                                                                As it stands, Hayden’s
poised to make his mark on the                                                                                                                          Canadian record from his World
world stage.                                                                                                                                            Championships triumph of 48.43
   As most people know,                                                                                                                                 must be erased by a significant
however, even the best laid plans                                                                                                                       margin if he is to earn gold.
can go awry.                                                                                                                                               Even with a Games
   The whole Canadian team                                                                                                                              appearance under his belt,
struggled and failed to claim a                                                                                                                         the pressure and awe of the
single medal in the pool, with                                                                                                                          Olympic atmosphere can still be
Hayden not even contesting the                                                                                                                          overwhelming.
100 metre freestyle, an event                                                                                                                              And then there is Hayden’s
he won at the 2007 World                                                                                                                                back, with a bulging disc that
Championships in Melbourne.                                                                                                                             has given him problems all year
   Fast forward to 2008, and                                                                                                                            and forced him to pass on the 50
Hayden is once again seeking                                                                                                                            m freestyle at this year’s Olympic
to make his mark on the biggest                                                                                                                         Trials.
stage in the swimming world.                                                                                                                               Knowing all of this, Hayden
   There can be no greater                                                                                                                              has been able to maintain a level
achievement for a Canadian                                                                                                                              head and balanced approach.
swimmer than to earn a gold                                                                                                                                “I am just looking at this one
medal in the men’s 100 m                                                                                                                                [the 100 freestyle in Beijing] as
freestyle at the Olympic Games.                                                                                                                         another race. I’m trying not to
   “I’ve gotten little bit more                                                                                                                         think about the pressure and
experience this time around, and    Defending 100 m freestyle world champion Brent Hayden will be battling for gold in Beijing.                         expectations that people have of
I think before Athens I was just                                                                                                                        me because the pressure I have
kind of getting ready to go the     ready to go and win medals, so        more obstacles to overcome.”          navigate if he wishes to translate      put on myself is enough,” said
Olympics,” said the 24-year-old     my preparation is a little more         There are a number of               his 2007 world title into               Hayden.
Hayden. “This time I am getting     serious but I’ve also had a few       obstacles Hayden will have to         Olympic gold.

           Tap and rope guide swimmer to victory
BY BRIAN LIN                        most is how do I avoid
                                    swimming into the wall, and
   At age 24, new UBC grad          how I swim in a straight line,”
Donovan Tildesley has broken        explains Tildesley.
two world records, won a dozen         Using the lane rope as a
gold medals in international        guide, Tildesley must keep his
swim meets and is part of Team      arms straight and centred as to
Canada for the third time in the    keep on course. “As I get tired,
Paralympic Games in Beijing this    keeping my arms symmetrical
summer.                             becomes more difficult, but that’s
   The Vancouver native is also     part of the sport.”
a motivational speaker and part        Since graduating from UBC
owner of a small radio station in   this spring with an English
Whistler, B.C.                      degree, Tildesley has been
   Tildesley, who was born          busy speaking at schools and
blind, won a bronze medal in        community events on behalf of
the 2000 Sydney Paralympics         the RBC Olympians Program.
and two silver and one more         “I love it as much as competing
bronze medal in Athens in 2004.     in the pool,” says Tildesley. “It’s
He’s currently the No. 2-ranked     a chance to step outside myself
swimmer with a disability in the    and tell my story.
world in the 400-metre freestyle.      “If I can enrich, inspire or
   “Competing in the                help change someone’s life, that
Paralympics was one of the most     makes me happy.”
amazing experiences in my life,”       Another thing that makes
says Tildesley, who began racing    Tildesley happy involves skis
at age nine with the help of his    and may not be everybody’s cup
father and coach Hugh, a former     of tea. “There’s nothing more
competitive swimmer.                thrilling than being on top of
   Hugh is also Donovan’s           Spanky’s Ladder on Blackcomb
“tapper,” charged with the vital    and making the 500 vertical feet
task of tapping his son on the      drop.”
head with a pole when he’s one         Now imagine doing that with
stroke away from the wall.          your eyes closed.
   “The questions I get asked
                                                                                                                                                                                             P H OTO : MA R T I N DE E

                                                                          Donovan Tildesley will be representing Canada in the Paralympic Games for the third time this summer.
 | UBC REPORTS | JULY 3, 2008

              Broad strokes power Olympic success
BY CATHERINE LOIACONO                   six-minute race,” says Wetzel.          in the freshman eight at Berkley,        members of the boat must be         the majority of the crew has
                                        “Meeting and delivering on              California. His extraordinary            completely synchronized, unified    Olympic experience. Over the
   Jake Wetzel’s conceptual goal        expectations is the greatest            talent was immediately noticed,          and in tune with each other so      next few weeks we will continue
for the Beijing Olympics is to          mental challenge of the                 and he made the Canadian                 that together they function as      to improve physically and
take one eight hundredths of a          Olympics.”                              National Team in his first year          one unit,” says Wetzel.             technically.”
second out of his life. That was           Born in Saskatoon,                   – a rare accomplishment for any            His team recently raced in the       For Wetzel, the Beijing
the margin of defeat for UBC            Saskatchewan to an American             rower. He has won three world            Europe World Cup, which is the      Olympics is his last shot to bring
student Wetzel and his three            father and Swedish mother,              championships – two for Canada           only pre-Olympic test event and     home a gold medal. “ When the
teammates in finishing second           Wetzel holds dual citizenship in        and one for the United States. His       won by a boat length. “Everyone     athletic chapter of my life draws
to Great Britain in the rowing          Canada and the United States.           latest world championship was in         we will be facing in Beijing        to a close I look forward to the
coxless four event at the 2004          He started out as a mountain            2007 when he joined UBC.                 was at that race and we did         challenge of returning to UBC in
Athens Olympics.                        biker on the Canadian Junior               This summer, Wetzel will be           exceptionally well,” says Wetzel.   order to complete my Masters in
   “The Olympics is an                  Cycling team, but was inspired          rowing in the men’s eight event            “Everything is coming together    Finance and I hope to continue
accumulation of a lifetime of           by the 1996 Olympics rowing             in Beijing and he is confident his       now. We are a well-oiled machine    on and attain a PhD.”
training brought together in a          competition and in 1997 started         team can win gold. “In the eight,        and we have the advantage that

                                                                                                                                                                                                   PHOTO : COUR T ES Y O F JAK E W E T Z E L

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.

                                       UBC rowers living a legacy
BY DON WELLS                            long line of UBC rowers to make         first-place ranking going into
                                        their mark in Olympic history.          the 2004 Olympics, Canada
   Seventy six years ago, a young       Both are members of Canada’s            finished a disappointing fifth
oarsman named Ned Pratt                 eight-man crew, which will go to        at the Athens games. Rutledge,
became the first UBC student            Beijing ranked first in the world       however, is confident that
to win an Olympic medal,                by the International Rowing             experience will pay off this time
claiming a bronze in the double         Federation, following a gold-           around in Beijing.
sculls in 1932 in Los Angeles           medal finish at a pre-Olympic              “The pressure of being ranked
and triggering a decades-               World Cup event last month in           number one is the same,” he
long succession of Olympic              Lucerne, Switzerland.                   says. “Having been there before,
appearances for UBC rowers.                “We’re going there to win,’”         we’re better able to deal with
   Rarely has an Olympic year           says Hamilton from the national         that pressure.”
passed since when Thunderbird           team training site at Elk Lake             The biggest challenges,
crew members and former                 just outside Victoria. “Lucerne         according to Hamilton, will
crew members – both men and             was a really good tester. We            come from long-time traditional
women - have not been among             were three seconds faster than          contenders from the USA,
Canada’s Olympic hopefuls.              the second-place boat which is a        Australia, England and Germany,
The Games of 1956, ’60 and ’64          huge margin at that level.”             and more recently, China. “The
were particularly fruitful, with           While still attending UBC, the       Chinese are really coming                Former UBC Rowers Ben Rutledge and Kyle Hamilton celebrate a
crews consisting entirely of UBC        pair joined Canada’s national           on strong,” he says. “These              triumph as part of Team Canada.
students winning medals in each         team program in 2002, and               Olympics are very important to
of those years.                         in their first year won gold            them.”                                   experiences at UBC.                 better you get at it, the harder it
   Recent graduates Ben Rutledge        medals in the eight at the World           While both admit that                    “The spirit and camaraderie of   becomes. Without the coaches
of Cranbrook (Commerce)                 Championships in Seville,               is has been a big leap from              a crew sport that I experienced     and the excitement around
and Kyle Hamilton (Arts) of             Spain. In spite of numerous             university rowing to elite               at UBC led me to pursue my          rowing at UBC, I probably
Richmond are currently vying            international podium finishes           international competition, they          path,” says Rutledge. “Rowing is    wouldn’t have stuck with it.”
to become the most recent in a          that followed, and a similar            speak reverently of their early          very hard on your body, and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              UBC REPORTS | JULY 3, 2008 | 

                       T-Birds soar on field hockey team

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      P H OTO : E U G E N E L I N
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.

BY BASIL WAUGH                        expected on the squad, they will                                                             and former T-Birds Mike              other is going to be on the field.”      Canada to medal, Anthony
                                      form nearly half of the team.                                                                Mahood (goal) and Connor                Playing for UBC (and former           Wright is excited to hit the pitch
   Before Canada created                 “Making the Olympics is like                                                              Grimes (forward). Most have          Canadian Olympic) coach Shiaz            in Beijing.
a national sports program,            our Stanley Cup,” says Anthony                                                               played together since they could     Virjee, the T-Birds have racked             “This gets Canada’s foot
university teams donned the           Wright (defense), who hopes to                                                               first hold a stick, introduced to    up an impressive record, not             in the door, and gives us an
maple leaf for the Olympics.          be joined by his brother Philip                                                              the sport by parents or siblings     losing a Vancouver Men’s Field           opportunity to play at the
There were two UBC rowing             (forward) on the Vancouver-                                                                  in Vancouver’s tight-knit field      Hockey Premier Division game             highest level,” he says. “It is
teams at the 1958 Melbourne           based team. “I’ve been thinking                                                              hockey community.                    since 2005.                              a great step and we are very
Games alone – one bringing            about it since I was five, so it is a                                                           “We have played together             More recently, UBC’s players          excited to be involved.”
home UBC’s first Olympic gold         dream come true.”                                                                            so long that we are all kind of      have helped Canada do what                  For more on UBC field hockey
medal, another winning silver.           Also expected in Beijing are                                                              like brothers,” says Tupper, who     no men’s field hockey team has           and the Wrights, who are third-
   While this varsity tradition has   fellow T-Birds Mark Pearson                                                                  has played with the Wrights          done since 2000: qualify for             generation Olympians, visit
largely fallen by the wayside, tell   (forward), David Jameson                                                                     since grade school, and recently     the Olympics. While it would             http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.
that to Canada’s men’s Olympic        (midfielder) Marian Schole                                                                   recovered from having his eye        take a major upset over the              ca/ubcreports/2008/08may01/
field hockey team. With as many       (midfielder), Scott Tupper                                                                   socket broken by an errant stick.    sports’ superpowers – Australia,         wright.html.
of nine UBC Thunderbirds              (defense), David Carter (goal)                                                               “By now, we know where each          Pakistan and Holland – for

                                                                                                                                            Thelma Wright on the
                                                                                                                                              Munich Olympics
                                                                                                                                   BY LORRAINE CHAN                     then a 20-year-old UBC student,          the entire three-block Olympic
                                                                                                                                                                        had competed in the 1,500-metre          Village – once bright and festive
                                                                                                                                      Thelma Wright saw first hand      event for women. She failed to           – was now ringed “bumper to
                                                                                                                                   how terrorism hijacked the 1972      make the finals and went out             bumper by military trucks and
                                                                                                                                   Summer Olympics in Munich.           on the town with her husband,            soldiers with guns, including an
                                                                                                                                      On September 5, Palestinian       Lee Wright, a UBC graduate and           armed escort in our elevator,”
                                                                                                                                   terrorists infiltrated the Olympic   field hockey star, to “drown her         says Wright.
                                                                                                                                   Village, captured hostages and       sorrows,” recalls Wright.                  Four years later in 1976,
                                                                              P H OTO : CO U R T E S Y O F T H EL MA W R I G H T

                                                                                                                                   killed 11 members of the Israeli        They returned late to the             Wright had a chance to
                                                                                                                                   Olympic team.                        Olympic Village, bidding each            experience a more peaceful
                                                                                                                                      “It was horrendous,” says         other goodnight next to the              Olympics, this time in Montreal.
                                                                                                                                   Wright, “to see how our German       Israeli building. Wright went              To read more about the
                                                                                                                                   hosts’ faces changed, from big       upstairs to the women’s quarters.        Wrights, a remarkable Olympian
                                                                                                                                   open, friendly smiles, to looking    The next morning, she was                family, visit: http://www.
                                                                                                                                   stunned, sickened and even           awakened by the screaming of an          publicaffairs.ubc.ca/ubcreports/
                                                                                                                                   fearful.”                            Israeli female athlete.                  2008/08may01/wright.html
Thelma Wright at a 1971 Canada-Italy meet in Palermo, Sicily.                                                                         Just the previous day, Wright,       Under military lockdown,
 | UBC REPORTS | JULY 3, 2008

              Achieving excellence one lap at a time

                                                                                                                                                                                                  P H OTO : M A R T I N D E E
Canadian Olympic Swim Team (and former T-Bird) coach Tom Johnson says UBC swimmers will make a splash in Beijing.

                                                                                    BY CATHERINE LOIACONO               sport. “The same principles            The best advice Johnson has
                                                                                                                        required in sport apply to          to offer aspiring athletes and
                                                                                       Under the guidance of head       academic and career success,”       students is to live their dream, be
           Faculty of Medicine                                                      coach Tom Johnson, the 2008         says Johnson. “At UBC, we           present in the moment and value
           Through knowledge, creating health                                       Canadian Swim Team’s chances        have been able to create an         the journey. “Only then will
                                                                                    for Olympic success look good.      opportunity for prospective         they be able to experience and
   Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education                              And UBC’s swimmers are              students to follow more than        appreciate the highs and learn
 The Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia invites                    expected to bring home medals.      one passion and be successful in    from the lows.”
 applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean,                      This veteran swim coach          both.”
 Graduate and Postdoctoral Education. This is a part-time, term position
                                                                                    – who spent 16 successful years        Johnson’s work led to Swim
 expected to be filled by an internal candidate and is available September
 1, 2008.                                                                           coaching UBC’s Varsity team         Canada designating UBC’s
 A demonstrated track record in leadership in an academic health                    – has completed a few laps of       Aquatic Centre as one of nine
 environment and excellent communication skills are essential. Salary               the pool himself. Johnson placed    high performance centres in
 for this position will be determined by qualifications and experience.
                                                                                    19 swimmers on the 2000, 2004       Canada in 1998. “We used
 The incumbent will report to the Senior Associate Dean, Research, and
                                                                                    and 2008 Canadian Olympic           an integrated approach and
 through the Senior Associate Dean, is accountable to the Dean. He or
 she will also supervise the Post Doctorate Coordinator with support                teams. He was a member of           collaborated with community
 from the Research Secretary. Responsibilities include: provide                     Canada’s coaching staff at          programs including the UBC
 leadership in assuring excellence in the training of Faculty of Medicine
                                                                                    eight Olympic Games, nine           Varsity Team, the National
 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at all geographic sites of
 graduate training; facilitate strong graduate programs in the Faculty of           world championships and eight       Team and the Pacific Dolphins,”
 Medicine; monitor graduate programs in the Faculty and work with the               Commonwealth Games. His             says Johnson. The UBC Aquatic
 Faculty of Graduate Studies to implement policy; facilitate a supportive
                                                                                    clubs won 15 national team titles   Centre remains one of only
 environment for students, supervisors and graduate advisors; represent
 the Faculty of Medicine in appropriate university, provincial and                  and 21 Canadian Interuniversity     two National Aquatic Centres
 national forums and allocate graduate student awards.                              Sport national championships.       in Canada following some
                                                                                       Johnson believes his UBC         structural reorganization after
                                                                                    Olympic hopefuls – Brian Johns      the 2004 Athens Olympics. The
                                                                                    and Brent Hayden, who are           other is in Montreal.
   Faculty of Medicine, Dean’s Office                  http://www.med.ubc.ca        part of the 27-member team,            Johnson says the Beijing
                                          The Faculty of Medicine at UBC,
                                                                                    are primed for the 2008 Beijing     Olympics will be more
 Applications, accompanied by a
 detailed curriculum vitae and names      together with its partners including      Summer Olympics and will            challenging and competitive
                                          B.C.’s Health Authorities, provides                                           because more nations have put a
 of three references, should be                                                     return with medals in hand.
 directed to:                             innovative programs in the areas of
                                          health and life sciences through a           “Patience, concentration,        priority on swimming. However,
                                          province-wide delivery model. The         perseverance and self-discipline    he feels the unrealized potential
 Dr. Alison Buchan                        Faculty teaches students at the
                                          undergraduate, graduate and               are the four fundamental tenets     at the last Olympics combined
 Senior Associate Dean, Research
 Faculty of Medicine                      postgraduate levels and generates more    to achieve Olympic success,”        with the renewed focus on sport
                                          than $200 million in research funding
 University of British Columbia
                                          each year. It is home to Canada’s first
                                                                                    says Johnson, who also heads        in advance of 2010 is helping
 # 317, Instructional Resources
                                          distributed MD undergraduate              the National Aquatic Centre         coaches, athletes, administrators
 Centre                                   program.
 2194 Health Sciences Mall                                                          at UBC. “These 27 athletes are      and the public at large to better
 Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z3                                                            committed to their sport and        understand what it takes to win.
                                                                                    continuously demonstrate that          According to Johnson no
 Applications will be accepted until                                                they are comfortable being          career is a linear progression.
 the position is filled.                                                            uncomfortable. They have what       “Athletes must realize that they
                                                                                    it takes to make the podium.”       will not swim great all the time
                                                                                       As UBC’s Varsity Swim Coach,     but need to swim great at the
             THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA                                     Johnson was instrumental in         right time,” says Johnson. “That
             UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment         developing UBC’s reputation as      is what the Olympics and life
             equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; however,       a top destination for athletes      are all about - being the best
             Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
                                                                                    wanting to pursue higher            you possibly can at the right
                 www.ubc.ca & www.med.ubc.ca                                        education and high performance      moments.”
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from right), Canada’s top-ranked women’s wheelchair basketball squad includes UBC student Jennifer Krem-
pien (No. 4, front row), alumna Patricia Nicholson (not pictured) and former UBC coach Misty Thomas (No.
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in the Paralympics.

BY DON WELLS                          – most of them gold.                  devoted volunteer coach for
                                        “Rick had a big influence           both wheelchair basketball and
   One of the most successful         on my life,” says Frick. “My          volleyball. His commitment to
coaches in Canadian paralympic
history, Tim Frick says his career
                                      experiences with him made me
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there in 1977 he met a young          people at UBC in those days too       became his coach too.
wheelchair athlete and fellow         – coaches like Peter Mullins,            Currently on a one-year leave
physical education student            Lionel Pugh, Bob Hindmarch            from his job teaching sport
named Rick Hansen.                    and Jack and Marilyn Pomfret.         sciences at Douglas College,
   Inspired by Hansen and             They all became my unofficial         Frick is quietly optimistic about
others at UBC, Frick began a          mentors. They didn’t know it,         his team’s chances in Beijing,
lifelong pursuit of coaching          but they were.”                       although he agrees with many
wheelchair athletes. His many           Frick and Hansen remained           other coaches that the Chinese
coaching triumphs eventually          close friends and colleagues after    will rise to this historical
culminated in him being named         graduation, with Frick coaching       occasion.
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        E xplor atory Work shop Gr ant                                                        decorated OIympian
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        Exploratory Workshops provide funding for bringing together                           swimming include 8 gold
        researchers from different disciplines at UBC with distinguished
                                                                                          •   The most recent UBC medalist is Jeff Pain, a former UBC track and field athlete
        external experts to work jointly toward assessing the research
        possibilities in a new area. Typically, Exploratory Workshops will                    who captured silver in skeleton at the 2006 Games in Torino, Italy
        take place over a period of several days and have a mix of open and
        closed sessions. The amount of the award is up to $20,000.                        For more UBC Olympic and Paralympic coverage, see www.ubc.ca/beijing.
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        Ma jor thEMatic Gr ant

        The Major Thematic Grant provides funding of up to $500,000 over          Beijing-bound UBC Olympians, Paralympians,             Donovan Tildesley, Vancouver, B.C. (Swimming)
        a three to five-year period to a broad interdisciplinary team of UBC
                                                                                  coaches and support staff:                             Hugh Tildesley, Rosemere, QC (Swimming coach)
        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.                                                                Shiaz Virjee (Field hockey)
        Applicants for a Major Thematic Grant must first have applied for         Jaimie Borisoff, Vancouver, B.C.                       Jake Wetzel, Saskatoon, SK(Rowing)
        and held a successful Peter Wall Exploratory Workshop within the
                                                                                    (Wheelchair basketball)
        previous two years. Contact the Director for details.
                                                                                  Scott Fraser, Vancouver, B.C. (Physiotherapist)        Hopefuls (teams still pending):
        Next Letter of Intent Deadline: October 1, 2008
                                                                                  Tim Frick, Port Coquitlam, B.C.
                                                                                    (Wheelchair basketball coach)                        David Carter, Vancouver, B.C. (Field hockey)
                                                                                  Nikola Girke, West Vancouver, B.C. (Windsurfing)       Bruce Enns, Winnipeg, MB
        Colloquia are usually held during the lunch hour or late afternoon        Kyle Hamilton, Richmond, B.C. (Rowing)                   (Wheelchair basketball coach)
        in the Institute’s conference rooms and are open to the University
                                                                                  Brent Hayden, Maple Ridge, B.C. (Swimming)             David Jameson, North Vancouver, B.C.
        community. The Institute provides accommodation for a
        distinguished visiting speaker of interest to an interdisciplinary        Brian Johns, Richmond, B.C. (Swimming)                   (Field hockey)
        audience, the meeting venue, and a luncheon for up to twelve              Tom Johnson, Montreal, QC (Swimming coach)             Connor Grimes, Duncan, B.C. (Field Hockey)
                                                                                  Eugene Liang, Vancouver, B.C. (Massage therapist)      Jennifer Krempien, St. Albert, AB
        Requests may be made at any time during the year.                         Mike Leigh, Vancouver, B.C. (Sailing)                    (Wheelchair basketball)
                                                                                  Ron Mattison, Quesnel, B.C. (Physiotherapist)          Mike Mahood, North Vancouver, B.C.
        thEME DEvElopMEnt Workshops
                                                                                  Bob McCormack (Canada’s Chief Medical Officer)           (Field Hockey)
        Theme Development Workshops are very informal meetings of UBC             Don McKenzie, Richmond, B.C. (Physician)               Mike Mason, Nanoose Bay, B.C. (Track and field)
        researchers typically held in the Institute’s conference rooms over       Joseph Nagy, Hungary (Swimming coach)                  Brooks McNiven, Terrace, B.C. (Baseball)
        several hours and closed to all but invited participants. The sessions,
                                                                                  Patricia Nicholson, Richmond B.C.                      Mark Pearson, Vancouver, B.C. (Field hockey)
        which often lead to Exploratory Workshop applications, allow
        researchers to come together with colleagues across the campus to           (Wheelchair basketball)                              Marian Schole, Berlin, Germany (Field hockey)
        share initial ideas on researching a particular theme. The meeting        Richard Peter, Vancouver, B.C.                         Jeff Standfield, Vancouver, B.C. (Rowing)
        venue and a budget for a light meal are provided.
                                                                                    (Wheelchair basketball)                              Misty Thomas, Santa Monica, CA
        Requests may be made at any time during the year.
                                                                                  Annamay Pierse, Edmonton, AB (Swimming)                  (Wheelchair basketball)
                                                                                  Nadine Plotnikoff, Vancouver, B.C. (Physiotherapist)   Scott Tupper, Vancouver, B.C. (Field hockey)
                 For more information, please drop in on the top floor            Marc Rizzardo (Soccer physiotherapist)                 Rob Weitemeyer, Coquitlam, B.C. (Rowing)
                     of the University Centre, visit our website at
                                                                                  Ben Rutledge, Cranbrook, B.C. (Rowing)                 Anthony Wright, Vancouver, B.C. (Field hockey)
                   www.pwias.ubc.ca, or call us at (604) 822-4782.
                                                                                  Babak Shadgan, Tehran, Iran (Wrestling doctor)         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

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   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.”                          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
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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         Mike Leigh finds his best racing position.
Laser Radial Championship in
New Zealand.                          to vessel when he competes at          be provided to the athletes on        Leigh is pumping up the                                                               competing in several European
   Leigh will apply his skill at      the Olympics: the hull, mast           arrival, so there will be minimal   volume and intensity of his                                                             regattas. He hopes to fly when the
being able to move from vessel        and boom of the boats will only        time to learn the new equipment.    schedule before Beijing by                                                              wind rises on the Yellow Sea.
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