Time-Out with Grant Maskiewich
Throughout the season, students from the Chargers Athletics varsity program will take time from their academic and athletic pursuits to share their sport and non-sport related insights, interests and inspirations. Today’s “Time-Out” features Camosun golfer, Grant Maskiewich.
- Men's Golf
- Home Town
- Smithers, BC
- High School
- Smithers Secondary
- Program of Study
- Bachelor of Sport & Fitness Leadership
- G-Money (aka The Mask)
What was it like growing up in Smithers and how did you get started playing golf?
Growing up in Smithers was great. It’s a small town and there were a lot of options for playing sports. My mom coached volleyball (she was a big volleyball player) and my dad coached hockey and soccer, so it kept me really involved. There was a big junior’s program at the Smithers Golf Club and that’s how I got started playing. I had a group of friends and we’d go out every Wednesday after school and then I’d go out whenever I could with my dad and granddad. It was a great way to spend time with them and try to get better. I came to Victoria when I was 17 … I graduated a semester early and lived with my aunt and uncle (who are like second parents to me) and became a member at the Gorge Vale Golf Club.
What are your most significant achievements?
For the past three years, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of a program that has finished in the medals every year at both the Provincial and National Championships. Last year, I reached a “personal best” earning a 2014 CCAA Nationals Men’s Championship All-Star and finished tied for 4th overall. I’m also pretty proud of qualifying for the Canadian Juniors and two Canadian Ams (2014 & 2013).
What are three key words you would use to describe yourself?
Perseverance. Dedication. Positive.
What do you want to accomplish while you’re here?
To help build a reputation of success for the future. Camosun is becoming a national power at the championships every year.
What sets the Chargers apart from other programs?
Having a sports centre like PISE and having a great coach … John is one of the best in Canada … and having a fantastic home course at Bear Mountain.
What are the rewards of being a Charger?
Being able to compete at a high level after high school and junior golf. Being a Charger allows me to go to school, compete and play the sport I love. Also, the chance to win a Provincial and National title every year is definitely up there.
Who are your role models both in and out of the sport?
Steve Yzerman, because he always presents himself and respectful and well-spoken person, which I value … and also because he stands the longest-serving captain in the NHL.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of golf?
I used to play a lot of volleyball, but not anymore. I follow hockey a lot. I hang out with friends, with my girlfriend … Victoria is a great place, there’s always something to do.
Why do you value the Chargers program? How do you feel it benefits non-athletes, like the student body and the community?
It allows students to cheer for something, to identify with (like our logo), attend games, go out and support something and to have school pride. When teams do well, students say things like, “Oh, I go to that school, we just won nationals!”
We’re obviously not as big as college sports in the US, but every year it’s growing to get bigger and bigger. Programs like ours help grow the level of play and build the sport in general.
Do you have any pre-tournament rituals?
Sometimes, I mark my golf balls with the day of the tournament and with either a really short quote or a happy face or something simple like that. Everyone has their pre-round warm up. I like to sit quietly and get into a focused and relaxed mind set. And then everyone has their own pre-shot routine. I kind of have a club twirl … it’s different every round.
Is there anything interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I didn’t make my high school golf team, I was like a 10 handicap! Ok, I’m exaggerating, but I was pretty awful. It’s so cool for me to be playing golf at the level I am now … it was just a dream back then.
What’s your dream job?
A scout in the NHL or working for the PGA Tour … I guess ultimately, playing on the PGA Tour! But if I wasn’t playing, I’d love to be setting up courses or tournaments.
October 1, 2015