SAAC Spotlight: Simon Fraser's Claudia Mathieu
Claudia Mathieu spends a lot of time in the pool as a distance freestyle specialist for the Clan's swimming team.
Claudia Mathieu spends a lot of time in the pool as a distance freestyle specialist for the Clan's swimming team.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Part of a regular series.

Throughout the year, uses this space to profile conference student-athletes who are members of their respective institutions' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In addition to providing feedback on the student-athlete experience, conference and institutional SAAC members also offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. Click here for more information on the function of SAAC at the NCAA level.

Name: Claudia Mathieu
Sport: Swimming
School: Simon Fraser
Year: Junior
Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.

Extracurricular activities: Young Women in Business and dance workshops.

Why did you choose to attend Simon Fraser? I chose to attend Simon Fraser University because I was given an athletic scholarship and I wanted to attend a prestigious school while being on the west coast.

What is your favorite class you have taken in college and why? Computer Science 165 is my favourite class that I have taken so far because it lets you discover different ways to code and introduced you to the World Wide Web.

Who is your favorite professor you've had in college and what did you enjoy about learning from him or her? My favourite professor thus far would be Eric Tung because he has a very calming presence and it makes it a lot easier to listen to him in class.

Years involved in SAAC: Two. 

The reason I chose to get involved in SAAC: I chose to get involved in SAAC is because I wanted to be a part of something that would make a difference while representing the athletes at school.

Most memorable SAAC activity: My most memorable SAAC activity is the bake sale that the women's swim team puts on every semester.

What is the most important thing you've learned from balancing the demands of athletics and academics? To not procrastinate and to get the job done right away.

Current mentor(s): Olivia Aguiar.

Future goals after school: To own my own company.

Best advice I’d give to an incoming freshman: Take school seriously.

If I could spend the day with one person (past or present), who would it be (and why)? My grandma because I miss her.

Favorite sports team: Toronto Blue Jays.

Favorite athlete: Serena Williams.

Most memorable sports-related moment: Dual meet with the swim team.

One thing that people don't know about me is: I've cracked my head twice, both times when I was two-years-old.