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UCC athletes win nine CISAA varsity track and field titles

Upper Canada College’s varsity track and field team qualified 29 members for this week’s Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Metro Regionals at Scarborough’s Birchmount Stadium after strong performances in last week’s Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA) championships at the same venue.

UCC’s junior boys claimed the CISAA title for their division. They were led by Juan David Guerra, who won the discus and javelin events. Toby Henderson was first in the high jump and Jordan Kim was the fastest in the 100-metre low hurdles.

Andrew O’Reilly won the senior boys 1,500-metre and 3,000-metre races. Calvin Jeffrey was first in the senior boys triple jump. Luke Stevens was the senior boys javelin champion.

UCC’s midget four-by-100-metre relay team bested all of its competitors.

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UCC rowing family members open sport to kids

Upper Canada College has a proud rowing tradition, and two generations of UCC rowers recently worked together to establish indoor rowing in Toronto’s public school system.

UCC Year 12 varsity rower Ben Givertz Steel started a learn to row program at Whitney Junior Public School. With help from UCC coach Grant Boyd, UCC ergs (rowing machines) were set up one day in February in Whitney’s gym and Givertz Steel demonstrated proper technique to 33 enthusiastic kids in grades three through six.

The machines were an instant hit and teacher Asher Wittenberg and parents arranged the purchase of eight of them from Havergal College so that the program could continue. The ergs have been in constant use since then.

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Ben Givertz Steel and Eric Szonyi ’88.

Givertz Steel coached the “Whitney Rowing Club” as its students prepared to race 500 metres in the second annual Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Indoor Rowing Championships on April 20 at Fern Public School.

Old Boy rower Eric Szonyi ’88, Givertz Steel’s uncle, organized the championships, which included groups from six schools.

Szonyi rowed at UCC from 1984 to 1988 under coaches Dan Coholan and Mike Nurse and has competed in the sport ever since. Szonyi is the current Canadian Masters C champion and the captain of Hanlan Boat Club. He’s also the principal of Fern Public School.

University of Toronto varsity rowers and Hanlan rowers were on hand to help with the TDSB event, which is expected to grow and involve more schools next year.

The Whitney kids had a great time and achieved several personal bests and three medal finishes. They’re excited to have been introduced to rowing and hope that UCC varsity rowers will coach them again next year.

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UCC wins CISAA titles in all four winter term sports

Upper Canada College teams won Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) championships in swimming, squash, basketball and hockey in the winter term.

UCC varsity swimmers won the CISAA overall boys championship for the eighth year in a row. The senior team won its division while the junior team missed out on first place by just three points. The entire varsity team finished third overall in the combined boys and girls standings behind Appleby College and Havergal College.

There were several individual and relay team first-place finishes and personal best times by UCC swimmers in the various races held throughout Feb. 14 at the Markham Pan Am Centre. Of particular note was Jon Chu, who won the 100-metre breaststroke for the fourth straight year and finished his high school swim career undefeated in the race in CISAA competition.

Strong performances by Chu, Guclu Can, Jimmy Li, Justin Lee, Michael Wilson, Nick De Chazal, Phil Kong, Skylar Kim, Robbie Knowles, Simon Ofiara, Andrew Downing, Aaron Leung, Ben Sun, James Kingsmill, John Babits, Matt Karmitz, Will Blair, Lucas Iaboni and Doug Byers earned them a trip to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships at the Windsor Aquatic Club on Feb. 27 and 28 along with coaches Vlad Roytberg, Denise Hui Bon Hoa, Zach Williams and Jennifer Van Rassel.

There were more great results at OFSAA. The senior swimmers won their first championship banner in UCC history. The junior swimmers finished just 10 points behind St. Andrew’s College for first place. As a complete team, UCC finished third in the entire province out of 307 schools.

UCC’s senior boys 200-metre medley relay team of Kingsmill, Leung, Karmitz and Sun won the OFSAA gold medal. Downing, Chu, Blair and Babits joined forces to place second in the senior boys 200-metre freestyle relay race.

Chu captured a silver medal in the senior boys 100-metre breaststroke and Kingsmill earned a bronze medal in the senior boys 100-metre backstroke. KIngsmill and Chu finished first and third respectively in the senior boys 100-metre individual medley race.

UCC’s junior boys 200-metre freestyle relay team of Kong, Knowles, Lee and Li was OFSAA champion.

UCC’s junior swim team also had a great year, as its members from both the Prep and Upper Schools swept six CISAA titles — U11 boys, U12 boys, U13 boys, U14 boys, open boys and overall boys — at the Markham Pan Am Centre on Feb. 22.

The boys in Years 5 to 8 were coached by Roytberg, Tom Babits, Michaela Trelford and Peter Labancz and trained diligently from November on. They were rewarded with several top 10 individual and relay team finishes in each age division.

UCC’s varsity squash team successfully defended its CISAA title for the fourth consecutive year on Feb. 28. UCC defeated St. Andrew’s in the semi-finals and carried its winning ways into the finals against a very good Crescent School team. When the dust settled, UCC defeated Crescent by a score of six games to three to take the title. Every team member played well and contributed to the victory, according to coach Peter Frost.

UCC hosted the semi-final and final games of the U13 CISAA basketball championships. The school’s U13A team defeated Toronto French School 65-47 in its first match before beating Crescent 59-53 in the final to win the championship.

The two squads had split their previous four games and coach David Fraser says the final game “literally could have gone either way. We were up by one point with 40 seconds left on the clock. It was great basketball. I’m very, very proud of the entire team effort and victory.”

The U13A team earlier finished second in the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools National U13 Boy’s Basketball Tournament hosted by Hillfield Strathallan College in Hamilton, Ont. It went undefeated until the final when it lost 46-40 against the host team and defending champion.

UCC’s U12 Year 6 hockey team, coached by Dave Bullock and Martin Cloutier, capped off a very successful season by winning the CISAA championship after entering the playoffs as the top-ranked team. The Blues used home ice advantage at UCC’s Mara Arena as it defeated St. Andrew’s 5-0 in a semi-final game before handing Toronto French School a 4-1 loss in the final.

UCC’s varsity and junior varsity hockey teams just missed out on winning CISAA titles.

The varsity team played a best-of-three final series against St. Andrew’s. The Blues lost 5-4 in the first game and went to overtime before the Saints scored the winner in a 6-5 game to claim the championship.

The junior varsity team also played St. Andrew’s, this time in a one-game final, after defeating Nichols School 6-3 in the semi-finals. The Blues also lost a heartbreaker, falling 5-4 in overtime.

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UCC fencing club captures gold

UCC’s fencing club earned its first medal in history, a gold for that matter, at the annual Saints Team Challenge on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Four athletes from the UCC fencing club traveled to St. Andrews College for the tournament, an annual team competition held at SAC every year, involving high school teams and fencing clubs around Toronto.

IMG_2755 (1)The boys arrived at SAC early in the morning for registration and warm-up as well as meeting the other teams and coaches to decide the format of this year’s tournament. The format came down to a team round-robin where every team would face every other team.

Each match would go up to 27 points with three players alternating from each team until one team reaches 27. With this in mind, there was little room for mistakes.

The boys first faced off against Stratford Middle Years School’s fencing club, winning by a small margin of 27-21. They then went on to face their rivals Holy Trinity School, comprised of three experienced fencers. It was a tough match and some calls did not go our way, but the boys persevered through and went on to win 27-14. Beating HTS meant we would have no trouble fencing the other teams. This proved to be true as we finished undefeated, winning as much as 27-3 against SAC’s B team.

Being undefeated, UCC’s fencing club did not only achieve their first medal in school history, but also acquired their first gold. With the strong leadership of the captain and club head Michael Sun, this is just the first step towards strengthening UCC’s reputation in the high school fencing league.
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Matt Martin played football in the home of the Cowboys

Upper Canada College Year 11 student Matt Martin had one of the thrills of a lifetime when he played for Football Ontario against the U.S. Under-17 Stars at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 12.

“The feeling you get when you walk through the same tunnel that the Dallas Cowboys walk through on to the field is indescribable,” says Martin. “When the announcer called your name through the speakers, it felt like you were a real-life pro — not to mention the huge Jumbotron, where even if you were standing right beside the field you felt compelled to watch.

“I would say there were around 1,000 people in attendance, but the size of the stadium made that number seem small.”

Martin has played football since he was 10 years old, and he was a member of UCC’s junior varsity team for three years before joining the varsity Blues squad this past fall. He credits varsity head coach Dave Brown for some of the progress he’s made as a defensive back/safety, which landed him an invitation to try out for the Football Ontario team in Stoney Creek in early December.

“There were about 200 players who came from all over Ontario trying out, and 40 made the team, so it was a pretty competitive process,” says Martin. “Through drills and a game, they were able to narrow the team down.”

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Matt Martin playing for the Football Ontario team at the 100,000-person capacity AT&T Stadium.

Martin’s team flew to Dallas on Jan. 5, which gave it a week of preparation for the game. The players went through two practices, as well as team meetings, each day. There was also a scrimmage against a tier two American team on Jan. 10.

While Martin’s team lost the big game, he says it was still a valuable experience.

“I learned that, in order to play at the highest level, I need to add a certain ferocity to my game — something which every player on Team USA had. Whether it was in their practices or the game, they always left everything on the field — something I can definitely learn from.”

While Martin is unsure where football will take him next, he hopes to play past the high school level and continue with the sport as long as he can. There’s no tunnel vision in achieving his goal, however, and he’s the antithesis of the “dumb jock” stereotype.

“Something that the coaches kept reiterating through the whole trip was the importance of grades when it came to playing post-secondary sports,” says Martin. “For anyone who wants to play at the next level, I would give them the advice to keep their grades up because they matter just as much as your play on the field.”

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Another Winterfest is in the books


Winterfest kicked off at UCC’s swimming pool.

While Upper Canada College didn’t end up with as many wins at this year’s Winterfest as it did last year, when it took 12 of 13 decisions, it was another success from a school spirit perspective, on Jan. 13.

The annual Winterfest, a showcase for the school’s snowy season sports teams, featured swimming, basketball and hockey at both the Prep and Upper School levels.

Winterfest kicked off with an exhibition swim meet involving UCC’s Prep and U14 teams along with representatives from The Sterling Hall School and Crescent School.

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Prep basketball players were in action through the early afternoon.

Prep basketball games against Crescent School took place in all three gyms, as well as in the winter sports bubble that’s taken over much of the oval field, and highlighted the progress that the school’s young players have been making with their shooting, passing, dribbling and teamwork. Two of the games ended up in ties, showing how closely matched some of the teams were.

A 3 p.m. pep rally in Laidlaw Hall got Upper School boys pumped up to cheer on UCC’s older hoops and hockey players.

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UCC’s varsity basketball team won an overtime thriller.

The spirit shown at the rally carried over to the Lett Gym, where the Blues varsity basketball team took on St. Andrew’s College. UCC had a slim halftime lead, but the lads from Aurora roared back and looked like they were going to disappoint the home team’s fans as they held a lead in the last minute.

A three-point basket by UCC with six seconds left tied the game at 48-48 and sent it into overtime. The momentum the Blues built late in regular time continued in the four minutes added to regulation and UCC went on to a 58-54 victory, which sent joyous fans storming on to the court in celebration afterward.

UCC’s Year 7 hockey team faced off against the College’s Year 8 team at 3:30 p.m. in the Olympic-sized Mara rink, and the younger boys came away with a 4-1 victory.

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The varsity hockey game provided lots of entertainment.

The marquee hockey game, pitting the relatively young varsity Blues against their counterparts from Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y., opened with a 6:30 p.m. ceremonial puck drop by UCC Principal Sam McKinney.

The Blues killed off an early penalty and its players delivered some big body checks later in the first period. While the two teams traded scoring chances, there were no goals after the first 18 minutes. The young Ice Chips players took to the ice during the first intermission and showed a lot of enthusiasm that will hopefully carry on in future years when the games start to mean something.


Nichols School pulled off a 2-1 win.

Nichols went up 1-0 eight minutes into the second period, which was pretty scrappy and featured a few instances of post-whistle pushing and shoving. That score held up going into the final frame.

UCC withstood a two-man disadvantage early on, and it had a couple of power plays of its own later on, but the team couldn’t take advantage as Nichols’ goalie made several tough saves. Ryan Moore tied the game on a nice tip-in with 4:03 left, but Nichols went ahead again three minutes later. The Blues pulled goalie Joe Howe with 32 seconds remaining, but couldn’t put another equalizing goal into the net.

Several Old Boys watched the game from the comfort of the Foster Hewitt Foundation Lounge, where they enjoyed free snacks and a cash bar generously sponsored by UCC’s Young Alumni Network.

The Old Boys’ varsity alumni hockey game took place at 11:30 the next morning. Lunch and beverages, and likely some reminiscing and friendly trash talk, followed in the lounge.

Here are the Winterfest scores:

U10A basketball: UCC 38 – Crescent School 38

U10 Blue basketball: UCC 18 – Crescent School 18

U10 White basketball: Crescent School 30 – UCC 24

U11 basketball: UCC 23 – Crescent School 16

U12A basketball: UCC 38 – Crescent School 18

U12B basketball: UCC 50 – Crescent School 19

U13A basketball: Crescent School 47 – UCC 46

U13B basketball: Crescent School 36 – UCC 23

U14 basketball: UCC 51 – St. Andrew’s College 26

U16A basketball: St. Andrew’s College 58 – UCC 54

Varsity basketball: UCC 58 – St. Andrew’s College 54

U14 hockey: UCC Year 7 4 – UCC Year 8 1

Varsity hockey: Nichols School 2 – UCC 1

Here are some varsity basketball photos taken by Lori Kerrigan and varsity hockey photos taken by Lisa Kellett:

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UCC fall sports championships roundup

Upper Canada College captured several Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA) athletics championships and medals this fall.

UCC had a very successful soccer season, winning at almost every level. There are seven age groups at the first tier level for CISAA competition: U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U16 and varsity. This year the Blues dominated by winning all age groups with the exception of U13.

The highlight was a 3-0 final victory over St. Michael’s College School by the varsity team after an undefeated regular season. The team earlier captured the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools National Tournament.

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UCC’s U12 volleyball team.

UCC’s varsity volleyball team had a strong playoff run and defeated regular season first-place finisher St. Mike’s in a close, five-game CISAA final match. The U14 vollebyall team defeated St. Mike’s in four games in its tournament final. UCC’s U12 volleyball team avenged a regular season loss against Bayview Glen by defeating it in its CISAA final.

UCC’s Upper School cross-country runners returned from the CISAA championships at Trinity College School with silver medals for the midget and senior boys teams.

Midget runner Ethan Mistry finished sixth out of 265 runners at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships in Petawawa on Nov. 4. It was the highest OFSAA finish for any UCC runner in the school’s history.

UCC’s U10, U11, U12, U13 and U14 Prep cross-country teams took part in the CISAA championships at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. UCC won the U10, U12 and boys overall divisions.

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UCC teacher Anthony Chandler’s Brazilian jiujitsu training

Anthony Chandler heads Upper Canada College’s Middle Division English department. But when he’s not laying the groundwork to produce the next Stephen Leacock or Robertson Davies, it’s quite possible you’ll find him laying out opponents in Brazilian jiujitsu.

“As a teenager I had taken classes in judo and karate, and as an adult I tried out tai chi, but none of those activities really engaged me in a meaningful way,” says Chandler. “I wanted to be Bruce Lee, a ninja and a Shaolin monk all rolled into one; clearly, none of those childhood dreams came to early fruition.

“Two years ago I suffered a minor back injury from lifting up my dog who had just been sprayed by a skunk. In the same week my wife and I discovered that we were going to have a little baby. At the age of 43, I decided that I needed to visit a nearby chiropractor and a new activity to loosen up my hip muscles. My tattoo artist highly recommended that I try BJJ. I started two years ago and have been working hard ever since.”

Chandler normally trains from two to five hours a week and, because he loves to travel when he’s not teaching, has been able to train at some of the world’s great academies in San Francisco, San Jose, Maui, Denver, Prince Edward Island and Barcelona as well as at home in Toronto.

“I can travel to any part of the world and find a gym with a group of like-minded practitioners who welcome me as one of their own,” he says.

“I am currently at class 170 in my jiujitsu journey. Unlike other martial art forms, the promotion process is terribly slow. After two years I have received the fourth stripe on my white belt, which means I am close to receiving my blue belt. A black belt can easily take over 15 years to accomplish.”

Anthony Chandler in action

Anthony Chandler in action.

Chandler entered three tournaments last year and earned two bronze medals and one silver medal, but he finds preparing for these competitions to be stressful. He also doesn’t think winning a medal is worth becoming injured or showing up to work with a black eye and has decided he’s pursued that aspect of the sport about as far as he wants to.

Even so, Chandler suffered a level three tear in his abductor muscles last year and tore multiple areas of his rotator cuff two months ago. He was just able to return full-time to the mats last week.

“Jiujitsu is a pretty rough sport,” says Chandler. “We spar on a nightly basis for as long as an hour or two at a time with fully resisting partners.

“Given my age, height and abilities, I tend to end up rolling with younger opponents (by about 20 years) who are much taller (often by as much as a foot) and who are heavier (by as much as 50 pounds).”

Part of the challenge is that Chandler belonged to a no gi gym. No gi styles forego the traditional Japanese-style kimono in favour of compression spandex and shorts, which makes the game more athletic, fast and easy to become injured against larger opponents.

“I am visiting five local gi-based gyms in the Toronto area to focus on the more technical, slower aspects of the art for now,” says Chandler.

“It will probably slow down my promotion to a blue belt, but injuries are not good for being able to stay healthy on the mats. Every step is a part of the path.”

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Recapping the Head of the Charles regatta

The rowing program at Upper Canada College led by head coach Grant Boyd has a history of producing world-class athletes, many of whom have successfully moved on to prestigious collegiate crews as well the world stage.

A number of UCC athletes, both past and present, recently raced at the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston. It’s a testament to the many years of training, hard work and dedication instilled at UCC.

The UCC Old Boys crew raced in the Men’s Seniors Masters Eight and UCC boys entered in the Men’s Youth Fours and Men’s Youth Coxed Quad. The rowing program fosters strong bonds among the boys, as can be seen in the alumni crew members — some of whom hadn’t seen each other in more than 30 years. The alumni members (pictured above) were Barney Williams, Jeff Collins, Peter MacGowan, Pat Turner, Jim Relle, Tim Turner, Ted Gibson, Bruce Ross, John Houlding and coach Boris Klavora.

The Boston Old Boys hosted the traditional reception during the regatta at the Harvard Club, with both Old Boys and current UCC boys and their guests.

A crew of five represented the UCC 4+. Along with the UCC entry and alumni entry, there were eight current UCC boys who entered the regatta separately (through the Hanlan Boat Club) but were introduced to rowing through the UCC program.

Thanks to head coach Boyd and assistant coaches Blair Baker and Jurgen Schubert, who made this unforgettable experience possible.

We asked three current rowers and coach Jurgen Schubert to share their thoughts about rowing and the regatta.

UCC principal Sam McKinney, Matthew Thompson, Raphael Berz, Simon Osak, Dane Halkiw, Max Hardisty and coach Grant Boyd.

UCC principal Sam McKinney, Matthew Thompson, Raphael Berz, Simon Osak, Dane Halkiw, Max Hardisty and coach Grant Boyd.

Simon Osak, UCC 4+ cox

In the varsity ergometer room, there’s a quote from former Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi that reads “the man on the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” The UCC Charles 4+ crew of Simon Osak, Max Hardisty, Dane Halkiw, Raphael Berz and Matthew Thompson really took this quote to heart. We wanted to carry forward our success from last spring and grow even more as a crew. I feel that we accomplished this goal.

After a productive Welland training camp and strong results at the Head of the Welland and Head of the Genesee regattas, our eyes were set on the Charles. Our pre-Charles training camp was critical in improving our technique and bonding as a boat.

One of the highlights of Charles weekend was the UCC rowing reception at the august Harvard Club. Our crew really appreciated the honour of being hosted by UCC alumni. It reminded us of the tight alumni bonds we’re lucky to have at UCC, as well as the great rowers who came before us. We were even more motivated to have a good showing at our Sunday race and represent the crest with pride.

After an exciting race, we finished 14th out of 86 crews. While we wished to place higher, we were very happy with the result considering that we started the race in 40th place.

This result didn’t come easy. Yes, we had to work hard. However, a big contributor to our success was teamwork. We were a band of brothers who bled blue as one unit, the sum greater than each individual part.

Jurgen Schubert, UCC coach

Each fall some of our UCC coaching staff will run the Hanlan Fall Junior Men’s program to allow any eligible athletes to compete for a seat in a limited number of boats that are training and racing that fall.

This year Blair Baker and I trained three crews under the Hanlan banner, with 11 of the 15 selected athletes being from UCC. Those three crews competed in three regattas prior to the trip to Boston, which helped select and condition our Charles entries for their final races. Of the three crews, we took a 4+ and a coxed quad consisting of eight UCC athletes.

Both crews had good, meaningful races, which resulted in one secured entry for next year, lots of memorable experiences and motivation going into this new season. Blair and I look forward to the coming season.

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UCC principal Sam McKinney, Ben Givertz-Steel, Surin Rao, Rupert Davies, Chris Willcocks, Alex Quinn and coach Jurgen Schubert.

Rupert Davies, Men’s Youth Fours co-captain

For me and two of the other guys in my boat this season, Ben Givertz-Steel and co-captain Chris Willcocks, this was our second time racing at the largest regatta in the world. It was the first time for cox Surin Rao and two seat Alex Quinn.

The Head of the Charles is almost like the Olympics for high school students, and we train hard from August until October to be a top competitor each year.

Even though the races are always held on the Charles River and the weather stays relatively the same, the races can be completely different each year, which can be a big deal for the person steering the boat. The main challenge is that more than 85 crews all row down the narrow river in five- to 10-second intervals and boats get passed constantly. It’s called a head race.

Last year we were in a tough and unfortunate situation when a boat crashed into us, causing us to stop rowing to get untangled from the other boat’s oars and realign with the course. This cost us more than 20 spots on the leader board. The other guys and I in my boat last year realized that this was just the nature of the race, and it’s what makes it equally stressful and exciting.

Like the Olympics, just being given the opportunity to participate at the Charles is unforgettable. The races at HOCR are supported by 300,000 spectators, which makes rowing the main event for the weekend and a big part of Boston’s sport culture.

Our boat this year had a great race, with Rao making sure we had a clear path. More importantly, we improved drastically throughout the season and were incredibly proud of these accomplishments. Our result was a mix of the hard work we put in and a little bit of luck.

Rowing comes down to three principles: patience, dedication and teamwork. For me, the rewards that it offers in return makes it all worth it. If I’m to only choose one lesson that rowing has taught me, it’s that you get what you put in. I’d recommend rowing to anyone who’s looking for a challenge that will build character, the ability to work hard with others, and the craving for being rewarded.

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Carter MacLean, Thomas Rusaw and Adam Steiner.

Carter MacLean, Youth Men’s Coxed Quad

When our boat combination was decided for the Youth Men’s Coxed Quad, there were two UCC rowers, myself and Adam Steiner, and two Hanlan rowers, with a UCC coxie, Thomas Rusaw. This mix was an interesting experience for all of us, as we’d never previously met each other and we were bringing different techniques to the boat. After six vigorous weeks of training, two regattas and a weekend training camp, we flew to Boston.

While in Boston, we trained four times over the Thursday and Friday we were there. On Friday night we were invited to a UCC branch reception. The event was about our ties to the UCC community and our pride in that. I spoke to a few Old Boys who were present and were rowers in the 1970s and ‘80s. It was very cool to see their joy and connection to the school after all these years.

On Sunday we woke up and got ready to race. The nerves were raging in all of us. As we were rowing up to the start, the magnitude of the regatta got to me. There were about 10,000 rowers from all over the world.

We rowed down the course with all of our might. After the race we discovered that we had finished 17th, one spot away from requalifying the boat for next year. We were upset, but we knew that we gave it our best. I think that losing is the most important part about rowing. Losing drives you to improve, and that’s what we’ll do this winter to have an outstanding spring season.

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UCC cross-country runners going to OFSAA

Upper Canada College’s cross-country runners returned from the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association championships at Trinity College School on Wednesday with silver medals for the midget and senior boys teams.

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Midget cross-country team members Max Sipos, Nicholas De Chazal and Ian Vyse.

The midget boys team of Max Sipos, Nicholas De Chazal, Ian Vyse, Ethan Mistry and Luke Pitblado finished second and qualified for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) in Petawawa on Nov. 4. Mistry — who set UCC records in U14 400-metre, 800-metre and 1,500-metre races last May — led the team by winning the race.

The senior boys team of Andrew O’Reilly, Liangchi Zhou, Will McCreadie, Henry Gage, Jeremy Kofman and Jack Tanembaum also placed second to qualify for the OFSAA meet.

Ayomide Maxwell placed eighth in the junior boys race and will run at OFSAA as an individual.

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