Thanks to a student athlete award established by UBC Sauder alumnus Peter Antturi, Bachelor of Commerce student and UBC swimmer Maia Brundage excels in competition
When you’re competing at Maia’s level, there’s nothing easy about swimming.
“My alarm goes off at 4:45 am three days a week,” says Maia, a member of the UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Swimming Team. “I walk to the pool when it’s still dark and cold out. Sometimes practice hurts, but I know in the race it’s going to hurt, too.”
Maia has been swimming competitively since she was five years old, but it took a decade of intense training before she began to excel.
“What I love about swimming is there’s a very clear correlation between how much effort you put in and what you get out.”
Judging from her times in recent competitions, Maia’s effort has been paying off.
“Seeing your name number one when you finish a race - that’s the best feeling in the world,” she says.
The UBC Sauder School of Business Swimming Award was established through a generous gift of $25,000 by alumnus Peter Antturi (BCom’83). The award supports scholarships for UBC Sauder students who are also members of the Varsity Thunderbird Swimming team, ensuring that they have the resources to concentrate on their studies and competition.