Maureen Hibberson

Maureen Hibberson

Maureen's interest in sports started by playing tennis on the grass court in the backyard of the family home. When it was converted to a victory garden during World War II, she attended a summer tennis program on clay courts at the B.C. Electric Tennis Club under instructor Jim Bardsley.

Her career soon ignited as a student at UBC. Maureen competed in badminton, field hockey and swimming, and she won an unprecedented nine Big Blocks (four badminton, four swimming and one field hockey), a record that held for several years.

Her career in badminton started with winning the B.C. Junior Badminton Championships in her first year at UBC. She followed this up by reaching the B.C. finals the following year. In 1950 Maureen helped UBC win the Washington State invitational badminton tournament, and with her partner, Anne Munro, won the ladies' doubles in straight games. She capped the year by representing B.C. at the Canadian Badminton Championships in Winnipeg.

Maureen was taught to swim at age 4 by the great Archie McKinnon, and was an integral part of the swim team during her years at UBC. She was the team's best at breast stroke and a member of the freestyle relay team, but her specialty was synchronized swimming in which she was considered a pioneer in B.C.

In 1949 the UBC School of Physical Education sponsored B.C.'s first Synchronized Swimming Championship. UBC did not win the team title but Maureen won the individual championship. She also represented B.C in the Canadian Synchronized Swim Championships in Winnipeg.

Maureen was a member of UBC's very strong field hockey team that dominated both the local and U.S. Pacific Northwest competitions. The team won the Vancouver City League and the Women's Northwest Field Hockey Tournament in 1950, having had no goals scored against it during tournament play.

Maureen played competitive badminton from age 14 to 74. She played at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, the Carlton Club in Toronto, the Victoria Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, Victoria Racquet Club and the Brentwood Community Badminton Club. Her illustrious career included 7 Club titles, 20 City titles, 4 Pacific Northwest titles, 40 Provincial titles, 6 National titles and 2 International titles. Remarkably, Maureen won these titles at the junior, open, senior, masters, grand master and golden master levels.

In 1958 Maureen took up golf after tearing her knee cartilage. She has competed in the B.C. Summer Games winning four gold and two silver medals. In 1981 Maureen won a spot on the City Zone team and went to the Senior Women's Provincial Championship. She was named as an alternate to the B.C. Senior Women's golf team for the Canadian Championship on Cape Breton Island and has been a member of the Hunting Cup team 12 times - an annual competition between Victoria and Vancouver. She still golfs several times a week.

Maureen's exceptional athletic career at UBC led to her induction into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

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