UVic Torch -- Autumn 2008
Autumn 2008,
Volume 29, Number 2

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Mike Lewis, BSc ’06, raises a fist in the air after the lightweight men’s four took bronze at the Beijing Olympics.

HATS OFF TO THE CANADIAN OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC TEAMS for this summer’s achievements in Beijing. Student-athletes, alumni, former Vikes, and coaches and support staff gave it their very best—not just at the games but in the long hours of training and preparation that led to their moments in the spotlight.

The games are fading from the headlines, but the Olympic afterglow remains strong.

Mike Lewis, who graduated with a Chemistry degree in 2006, helped the men’s lightweight four team row to an emotional bronze medal victory. Their race was dedicated to their coach Bent Jensen, who was being treated for pancreatic cancer.

Former Vikes rowers Adam Kreek and Kevin Light, members of the men’s eights, earned a wire-to-wire gold medal victory.

In the pool, Business student Ryan Cochrane won bronze in the 1,500 metres. It was Canada’s first Olympic swimming medal since the 2000 games in Sydney.

Also at the Water Cube, in the Paralympics, Vikes swimmer Stephanie Dixon added to her remarkable career by winning four medals (gold, two silver and one bronze). Dixon, who was born without a right leg and hip, also broke the world record in the S-9 100-metre backstroke.

Other alumni competing in Beijing included Catherine Pendrel, BA ’04, who finished a strong fourth in women’s mountain biking.

In late September, the Vikes got an added boost when the first Championship Breakfast raised more than $300,000 in support of student-athletes and, potentially, many more future Olympians.

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