Cherub Lum and the long hike

Scaling a mountain with a Thunderbirds point guard

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Cherub Lum has always had a competitive streak. Growing up in Vancouver, her parents taught her that if she worked hard on something, she’d see results.


On family vacations, Cherub Lum’s parents would take her and her siblings on hikes while other kids sat by the pool. “Hiking for me was always a family oriented thing,” she says. “It encouraged me to push myself and climb those big steps.”

It’s this spirit that continues to drive Cherub as part of the UBC Thunderbirds women’s basketball team, and as a student in the Food, Nutrition and Health Program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. The demands of varsity athletics and academics fill up her time during the season, but she enjoys the regimented routine. With her type of schedule, “there’s no room for error.”

As a dedicated point guard, Cherub’s rigorous basketball training is all in an effort to support her team. In the off-season however, she revels in the quiet solitude of going on a hike by herself. “I have high expectations for myself in school and basketball. Being able to go and hike relieves that stress.”

A self-professed “kale queen,” Cherub has a passion for healthy food and plans on becoming a sports dietician when she finishes her UBC program. She hopes that her experience as a varsity athlete will help her support her clients in making healthy life choices. In addition to providing her with a rewarding career path, graduating from UBC and the Thunderbirds team will give Cherub more time to get out onto the local mountains: “I’ll be able to hike even more when I’m done!”

The mountains will always be there for Cherub, providing this young athlete the opportunity to scale higher whenever she needs a new challenge, and perhaps along the way, discover exciting new pathways to her future.

Cherub Lum
Cherub Lum
Sport: Basketball | Position: Point Guard | Faculty: Land and Food Systems | Hometown: Vancouver, BC

“When you get to that point when your heart rate is going fast and you feel it in your legs, it’s easy to start making mistakes. Being able to work through that makes me a better player on the court.”

Thunderbirds basketball stats:
2014/15 games played: 35
2014/15 minutes per game: 18
2014/15 points per game: 1.4
2014/15 rebounds per game: 1.2
Career shoulder dislocations: 11
Off-season stats:
Meals per day: 7
Science courses completed: 13
Kale intake per day: 7 cups
Best Grouse Grind time: 42 minutes
Off-season workouts per week: 6
  • Thunderbird Women Basketball - Cherub Lum
  • Thunderbird Women Basketball - Cherub Lum
  • Thunderbird Women Basketball - Cherub Lum
  • Cherub Lum stretching

    Quarry Rock hiking trail, Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC.

  • Cherub Lum drinking water

    Quarry Rock hiking trail, Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC.

  • Cherub Lum hiking

    Quarry Rock hiking trail, Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC.

  • Cherub Lum hiking

    Quarry Rock hiking trail, Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC.

  • Cherub Lum stretching

    Quarry Rock hiking trail, Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC.

  • Cherub Lum sitting down on top of mountain

    Quarry Rock hiking trail, Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC.

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Cherub’s must-have hiking gear

Shoes

Comfortable shoes: The right shoes support your feet and keep you comfortable on a long hike.

Drinking Water

Water bottle: Staying hydrated is key when pushing yourself along a trail.

Listening music

Music: An upbeat soundtrack keeps you motivated.

Family Ties

A healthy lifestyle has always been important to Cherub’s family, from their tofu business to hikes while on family vacations.

Family Photo

A group selfie at the end of a long hike in Hawaii.

Family Photo

Hats are a must when hiking in Palm Desert!


“In elementary school, I’d always be the kid with the healthiest lunch.”

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It’s terrific to see our student athletes participating in different sports out of the varsity season!┬áDoing so is a great way to maintain fitness, keep the mind sharp and have fun in a less intense competitive environment. The natural physical talent of our Thunderbird athletes is truly inspiring!

Louise Cowin, Vice President, Students

Louise Cowin

Thank you to Cherub Lum for sharing her love of hiking, making an early morning trek to Deep Cove and for her commitment to the production process.

Additional thanks: UBC Crane Production Facility and UBC Athletics and Recreation

Story team: UBC Communications & Marketing — Margaret Doyle, Digital Storyteller; Michael Kam, Web Developer/Coordinator; Justin Lee, Video Production Assistant; Adrian Liem, Senior Web Coordinator; Jamil Rhajiak, Communications Coordinator, Digital Information Channels; Laura Stobbe, Communication Designer; Houston White, Digital Marketing Specialist.

Published: August 2015