McMaster University graduate Paula Schnurr is being recognized as an Ontario University Athletics Champions for Life. The program is a tribute to student-athletes who are an integral part of a tradition of excellence, wherein aspiring men and women of the OUA succeed not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom as they prepare for life after university.
Along with Schnurr’s announcement on Friday (Dec. 17) the OUA recognized Royal Military College of Canada graduate Kevin Dulude.
Schnurr has an impressive Mac track resume. She started her career as a track star in elementary school and excelled with flying colours. Her time spent at McMaster allowed Paula to set Canadian Interuniversity Sports track records in both the 1000m and 1500m indoor races. Due to her success as a Marauder, Paula was inducted to the McMaster Hall of Fame in 1997.
“I had an amazing experience as an OUA athlete where I had the opportunity to be part of a team, continue to grow as an athlete, and meet some wonderful people,” said Paula.
After university, Paula decided to continue her track career as member of the Canadian Track and Field squad. She competed at the World Indoor Championships and World Cross-Country Championships. From there, she competed in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympics in the 1500m. At the Commonwealth Games in 1994, Paula earned a silver medal as one of her best achievements of her career.
After competing for several years for Canada, Paula turned to teaching, and coaching. In 1992, she returned to McMaster to coach the Marauder women to a third-place finish at the OUA Championships and a sixth-place finish at the CIS Championships. In 2007, she and husband Peter Self rejoined the Marauder coaching staff. Most recently, Paula has led the McMaster squad to a second place finish at the OUA Championships in 2009 and a third place finish at the CIS Championships of the same year.
“As a coach, it is an honour to represent the OUA, to act as a role model and continue to encourage athletes to stay in Canada.”