58th Mel Zajac Jr. Int’l Swim Meet | June 2-4

The UBC Aquatic Centre is proud to be the host venue for the 58th edition of the Mel Zajac Jr International Swim Meet!

Some of the best swimmers in the Pacific Northwest converge on UBC’s Point Grey campus each spring. This swim meet co-hosted by UBC Thunderbirds Swimming and Vancouver Pacific Swim Club (VPSC) showcases the best swimmers in the region as well as notable international stars. Past editions have included participation of Penny Oleksiak, Ryan Lochte, Caeleb Dressel among others. Canadian Olympian, and Tokyo  2020 Olympic Summer Games triple medalist Maggie MacNeil has announced that she will compete at Zajac 2023! Stay tuned for the possibility of additional updates on other notable names to be announced for the 2023 edition.

Mel Zajac Jr:  The meet is named after Mel (Melvin) Zajac Jr., who competed at the Canada Games, and was a swimmer on the Canadian National Team representing Canada at the Pan Am Games, the World Championships and at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Summer Games. Mel Jr passed in a kayaking accident in British Columbia’s Chilliwack River in 1986.  The Mel Zajac Jr. Int’l Swim Meet provides the unique and enduring opportunity to honour Mel Zajac Jr.’s competitive spirit and love of swimming, reflected in his achievements as part of the Canadian National swim team – the event has been held in the Canadian Olympian’s honour since 2000.

Zajac Family Community Support:  The Mel Jr. and Marty Zajac Foundation was created by philanthropists Mel & Irene Zajac following the loss of their two sons within the same year. Mel Zajac Sr., from his humble upbringing during the Great Depression, has been committed to helping children throughout his life. The creation of the Zajac Ranch for Children is having a lasting impact on the lives of countless children throughout the region.  Learn more about Mel Zajac via this recent article highlighting Mel’s story of resilience and compassion.


UBC Aquatic Centre: The facility will be closed to the public Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4 2023 to host the event. We encourage guests of the UBC Aquatic Centre to check the UBC Aquatic Centre schedule prior to each visit for the most up-to-date information. Guest should also be aware that there will be reduced programming on Thursday, June 1 to allow for set up.

The facility will return to our regular programming as of Monday, June 5.

We welcome and encourage all UBC Aquatic Centre guests to come out and cheer on the athletes!