Tom Anzai founded the Carleton University swim team in 1985. From then until his untimely death in 2017 at age 56, he was a well-known figure in Ottawa’s swimming community. He advocated for open and inclusive participation in swimming for both youth and adults. The swim team bursary was named in his honour in 2019.
Awarded annually to deserving students who are listed on a CIS/OUA Eligibility Certificate as a member of a Carleton University interuniversity swim team. Eligible students must comply with CIS and OUA academic eligibility requirements. Recipients will have demonstrated financial need, must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrant or protected persons), and must meet OSAP Ontario residency requirements. Endowed 1999, revised 2006.