Claire Carver Dias

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Burlington, ON
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I appreciated that UTM maintained a small community feel, but was part of a large, prestigious institution with world-class professors and research. My decision to attend was quite easy.

Claire Carver Dias

Claire Carver-Dias moved from Montreal to Mississauga at age 16 to pursue her athletic dreams. As an elite athlete, she trained under the Canadian national synchronized swimming coach, Sheilagh Croxon. While training 45 hours a week, she completed a bachelor’s degree in English at UTM in 2002, graduating with distinction.

While at university and in the years afterwards, Carver-Dias became a much-decorated sportswoman. She won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and double gold at the 1999 PanAm Games and 2002 Commonwealth Games. She was named Mississauga’s Athlete of the Year and Canada’s Aquatic Athlete of the Year, and inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame.

Carver-Dias decided to attend UTM due to U of T’s prestige in the world of academia. She also appreciated the small class sizes, vibrant community and convenient commute between campus and her training centre. At first, she was unsure what career path she would follow with an English degree. However, looking back, she credits her UTM education as the solid foundation that led to a masters in English literature from McGill University and a PhD in English, creative and critical writing from Bangor University, U.K..

Carver-Dias was fortunate to be able to combine her passion for English and her passion for sports throughout her career. She has worked in various communication roles in the sports community, and started her own business, Clearday, as a management consultant and executive coach. She is also a published author with titles including The Games which won a Mississauga Arts Award for emerging literary artist.

So what’s next for the Olympic medalist, author, entrepreneur and UTM grad? Carver-Dias was recently honoured to be chosen as chef de mission for Team Canada at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she will act as team lead and spokesperson. She also intends to continue to build her business while raising her four children.