FEATURE: 2018 Ray Lepp Award Winner Michael Dowhaniuk

Recently, Michael Dowhaniuk from UBC was announced the 2018 recipient of the Ray Lepp Scholarship!

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2018 Volleyball Canada JR National Team
  • Captain 2018 NORCECA JR Continental Championships Bronze Medal
  • 2018 Volleyball Canada National Bronze Medal, All-Star
  • 2018 Volleyball BC Provincial Gold Medal
  • MVP 2017 Team BC Canada Summer Games Bronze Medal

We asked Michael a few questions to get to know him beyond the volleyball court.

What faculty are you in?

[I’m in] Applied Science (Engineering).

What was it like playing for the Volleyball Canada?

An unbelievable experience that is indescribable from the amazing coaches, teammates, support staff, to having the opportunity to playing for my nation in Cuba. If there is one word I can use to describe the whole experience it would have to be gratefulness.

Aside from winning medals or matches, what was one of your favourite memories playing with Team BC?

The opportunity to create life lasting relationships with my teammates and the ability to spend every day with them. From hanging around the campus or billet city to playing the sport we love together.

Name your favourite coach, trainer, or teammate from your time with Team BC.

Favourite coach from all my years of playing Team BC would be Brad Hudson. Coaching my final two years and making them both unforgettable summers full of fun and joy.

One of the requirements to win the Ray Lepp scholarship requires applicants to have a positive impact to other athletes and/or the community. What are some projects you are most proud of?

In my last year of high school I took on the project with a classmate of organizing and running a fundraiser and relay race between three local high schools in partnership with ACCES Kenya. ACCES provides partial scholarships to the brightest Kenyan students from the most vulnerable backgrounds, ensuring that they are able to complete their full course of studies.

What are some unique routines prior to playing your match, or even during the game?

I almost always have to have a box of Mike n’ Ikes to snack on during time outs and side changes for that extra boost of energy.

What are some future volleyball-related goals for yourself?

I aspire to be representing my country by playing on the Men’s National Team in the Olympics.

How can people follow you on Instagram?

@m_dowhaniuk

 


About Ray Lepp

Ray Lepp was a founding member of Volleyball BC (formerly BC Volleyball Association) in 1965, and continued as a Board Member until 1978. He was the President and/or Vice President for 10 of his 22 years a Board of Director. In his early years Ray played volleyball in Estonia in a very strong school and club system. Having recognized that the profile of volleyball in Canada was lower he worked tirelessly to increase interest in the sport. Some of the major programs for the Association included recruiting international coaches to BC, the Winfield Volleyball Camp, and the Pacific Rim Championships.

Ray was certified as a National Official during the time of the Pacific Rim Championships and travelled to the tournament as head of delegation for the Pacific Rim program. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, Ray coached the UBC Men’s Volleyball Team for a total of 10 years. At one time, six players on the Canadian National Team had been coached by Ray at UBC.

In 1989, Ray helped to fundraise some money for the Estonia National Team, who was touring BC, and whose flight was suddenly stopped in Toronto. With the raised funds and Ray’s personal contribution, the team made it to BC. With Ray’s passing, he donated funds through his will to provide a permanent endowment that would support this scholarship in perpetuity.

More Information on the Ray Lepp Scholarship can be found on the Awards & Scholarships page.

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