Maria Maunder

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Maria Maunder
Personal information
National teamCanada
Born (1972-03-19) March 19, 1972 (age 47)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Alma materUniversity of Western Ontario
Other interestsSwimming
Former partner(s)Heather McDermid, Alison Korn, Jessica Monroe, Tosha Tsang, Emma Robinson, Anna Van der Kamp, Theresa Luke, Lesley Thompson-Willie
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals1996

Maria Maunder (born 19 March 1972, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador) is a Canadian rower.[1] Maunder was a member of the Canadian national team that placed second in the 1996 Summer Olympics and earned a silver medal.

Early life and education[edit]

Maunder graduated from the preparatory school Ridley College in 1990 and matriculated to the University of Western Ontario.[2][3][4] Though she went to the Olympics for rowing, she also swam, winning gold in the 50 and 200 meter free races under the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations during secondary school. At university, she participated in swimming and rowing.[3] During that time, she also joined the university's chapter of the sorority Alpha Gamma Delta.[5]


Maunder competed in her first major international tournament in 1994 at the Commonwealth Rowing Championships in Thames Centre, Ontario, Canada. Her Women's Coxed Eights team placed seventh at that year's World Championships in Indianapolis, USA, while her coxless fours team placed eighth. In 1995, her eights team won sixth place at the Championships in Tampere, Finland, while her coxless pairs team finished fifth. During the 1996 Summer Olympics, her team came in second and won a silver medal. Her quadruple sculls team placed sixth at the 1997 World Championships in Aiguebelette-le-Lac, France. In that year's Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she placed first in the single scull event, as well as the singles and doubles for Canada's team at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. During the 1998 World Championships in Cologne, Germany, she finished eleventh in the double sculls. This race would be her last official competition, as she retired the following year.[1]

Listed below are a selected number of her major races and the results:[6]

Event (year) Location Team Race Rank Final Time
1994 World Rowing Championships Indianapolis, USA Canada Women's Coxed Eights 1 6:11.57
1995 World Rowing Championships Tampere, Finland Canada Women's Coxed Eights 6 7:00.69
1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, USA Canada Women's Coxed Eights 2 (silver medal) 6:24.05
1997 World Rowing Championships Aiguebelette, France Canada Women's Quadruple Sculls 6 6.28.18
1997 Head of the Charles Regatta Cambridge, USA Women's Singles 1
1998 World Rowing Championships Cologne, Germany Canada Women's Double Sculls 5 7:09.88

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Maria Maunder Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  2. ^ "JP Metras Sports Museum". Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  3. ^ a b "Ridley College | Maunder, Maria '90 – Rowing". Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  4. ^ "50 Years of Ridley Rowing". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  5. ^ "2012 Olympics – The Power of National Panhellenic Conference Women! - Fraternity History & More". Fraternity History & More. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  6. ^ "Maria MAUNDER –". Retrieved 2018-07-01.