LDOC has come and past, and we’ve saved the best for last: this week’s T-Birds 5-on-5 features five athletes who won a CIS or NAIA championship this season. UBC teams captured three more CIS national titles this year, pushing their CIS-leading total to 93 in program history. The T-Birds were successful south of the border too, with the women's cross-country team winning their third-straight NAIA national title.
Poonam Sandhu (PS): women's field hockey
Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (ESH): women's swimming
Luke Peddie (LP): men's swimming
Kirsten Lee (KL): women's track & cross country
Jackie Regan (JR): women's track & cross country
1) What would be your team's theme song this year?
PS: Our theme songs for this year would definitely have to be a combination of "Birds Flying High" by Doughboy and "Trophies" by Drake.
ESH: "I’m Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred.
LP: Yuri “the missile” Kisil would want me to say "Hips Don’t Lie." And his hips don’t.
KL: "Years" by Alesso feat. Matthew Koma. I remember blasting it in the vans before warm-up at nationals in Kansas. Gave me goose bumps!
JR: Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."
2) Besides champion, what other C-word would describe you?
PS: Other than champ the other "C" word that best describes me is convivial. I went on thesaurus.com for this -- I promise it's a real word.
LP: Definitely chaotic.
KL: CRAZY! Everybody knows it's true. I'm just gonna own it.
3) Other than the titles you've won in your sport, what 'championship' or 'trophy' is most important to you?
PS: The next biggest award or championship I've won aside from winning at CIS has to go to the summer of 2011 playing in the final at the India Club junior tournament. Filled in for my younger brother after he injured his foot. We went on to win that game and I'm pretty sure I discouraged a few boys to continue on with the sport. Shoutout to the guys!
ESH: One time at swim camp there was an ugly face competition, which I won and got tons of points for, so yeah, I’m pretty proud of that I’d say.
LP: I'm from a Oilers family so the Stanley Cup has great significance in our household. My parents were married the day the Oilers won in 1984. The five rings the Oilers won in the 80's makes up for the nine year 'rebuild' we're currently enduring.
KL: Oh definitely our Storm the Wall trophy from last year with Devan, Tamara, Mike and Jake. It is proudly displayed in our living room.
JR: I cannot choose between the Religion Award in fourth grade, or the Weather Award for responsible and appropriate dress at summer camp.
4) What's your favourite way to procrastinate during exams?
PS: Have to go with wrapped in a blanket, tea in hand with Netflix on all day/online shopping. I'm not proud of it but it helps me cope.
ESH: I usually procrastinate my studying by having an emotional and/or nervous breakdown about the fact that I’m procrastinating my studying.
LP: I always end up being unproductively productive and cleaning my whole house, getting food then making an elaborate meal before I can do anything.
KL: I spend hours on Soundcloud looking for new music instead of studying. I'm a huge basshead. I'm sure my roommates really appreciate the constant dubstep.
5) If you could spend a day in the life of an athlete on another UBC team, who would it be and why?
PS: If I could spend a day in the life of another UBC athlete it would definitely have to be Spencer Latu from the men's football team. He's a natural athlete, has amazing school spirit and plays the recorder like an angel. Triple threat if you ask me.
ESH: 100 per cent Quidditch, because I’m an absolute Harry Potter fanatic but also … I think I’d be really good at riding a broomstick.
LP: Definitely Conor Lillis-White. I always thought my lank would work well for pitching and an ERA of 0.45 is legen- wait for it -dary.
KL: Evan Elder so that I could perfectly lip sync Hilary Duff.
JR: Devan Wiebe so that I can hang out with Jack Williams more often and he will eventually want to be my boyfriend.
Check out last week’s edition of the T-Birds 5-on-5 series: Decade of Dominance.