Rayven Snodgrass might just spend more time in the water than she does on land. In addition to maintaining a full course load and keeping up with assignments, the McGill kinesiology major from Calgary sparkles as a member of the Martlets swim team.
To call Rayven’s training extensive is an understatement. She devotes more than four hours per day to her sport, which makes for long weeks and, when combined with her studies, leaves little time for rest and relaxation, let alone a part-time job to help defray her tuition and living costs.
Fortunately for Rayven, she has benefited from a Dr. Richard and Carolina J. Walls Best in the West Scholarship in Science.
“The scholarship was the best thing that could have happened to me,” she explains. “It alleviated some of the financial burden and allowed me to focus more time on the things that mattered most.”
A tenacious athlete, Rayven has swum competitively since she was six years old. She grew up in a lakeside community, so her parents thought it was important that she learn to swim from a young age. “I haven’t stopped swimming since,” she says.
When it came time to choose a university, she immediately set her sights on McGill, largely due to the University’s sterling academic reputation and its location in culturally diverse Montreal, but also because she wanted to work with Peter Carpenter, aquatics manager and head coach of the McGill swim team.
Rayven has certainly excelled as a member of the Martlets, earning over 25 medals at Quebec Cup swim meets and exceeding the rigid qualifying standard for the 2011 Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championships.
“I love McGill and the camaraderie that exists on the Martlets,” she says. “When you join the swim team, you’re pretty much guaranteed 38 new friends. It’s been a great experience, and I owe a lot of it to my scholarship.”
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