Michael Dowhaniuk Commits to UBC Thunderbirds

Michael Dowhaniuk to Engineer a Future in 'Blue and Gold'

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The UBC men's volleyball program is proud to announce that Michael Dowhaniuk, of the reigning 2016 BC AAA champion Semiahmoo Totems and the Seaside Volleyball Club, has verbally committed to attend UBC in 2018-19. Dowhaniuk intends to study in the UBC Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Dowhaniuk was named tournament MVP in the 2016 BC AAA Volleyball Championship after his number two-seeded Totems knocked off the top-seeded Kelowna Owls, who'd sat first in the provincial rankings for much of the season.

Michael Dowhaniuk Boys AAA High School

Dowhaniuk is a standout on the Seaside Volleyball Club team, one of the top U-17 club teams in Canada, he has also been selected to Team BC to compete at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

"I am overjoyed to verbally commit to UBC and join the Thunderbird's men's volleyball team for the 2018-19 season. I look forward to the opportunity to play for Kerry MacDonald and obtain a top-notch Engineering education at the same time," says Dowhaniuk. "My goal is to work and train hard to reach the best of my abilities and I believe UBC will provide me with the support to get there both academically and athletically."

See the Peace Arch News story on Michael Dowhaniuk winning BC AAA Championship.

"I am thrilled that Michael has chosen UBC as the place to pursue his academic and athletic goals. From early in the recruiting process it was evident that Michael was a great fit for our program," says UBC head coach Kerry MacDonald. "He is a phenomenal athlete that possesses the ability to excel in our U SPORTS league but also has realistic goals to play at even greater levels. Furthermore, he is an outstanding student that will thrive in our world renowned Applied Science faculty."

Dowhaniuk is also an active volunteer in the community. He is a volunteer "Buddy" with the Challenger Baseball Program, a program that provides an opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of participation in baseball. He is also active in the Wish Youth Network Society-Semiahmoo, a student-led organization that helps children with serious medical conditions engage in community activities.