By David Grossman
There aren’t many like Seamus Power who can say that his resounding success, while at Upper Canada College, came from the support of two families – his own and the one made up of numerous friends, coaches and teachers.
“I look back at my time at UCC and the relationships formed with so many people was really something special to me,” says Power. “I remember, as a 10-year-old kid, we moved to Canada from the United States and I didn’t like it – but it wasn’t my choice.
“But Canada turned out to be something very special to me — and that was UCC. I made some wonderful friends, met great teachers and coaches and was able to excel in athletics.”
With his brothers Patrick, Liam and Aidan also benefitting as students at UCC, and his father Jim, UCC’s principal for more than a decade, Seamus also had his immediate family bond.
Academically sound, Power was also a talented athlete.
Chosen UCC’s athlete of the year at the junior and senior levels, he played on four varsity teams.
“I was always most passionate about football and learned so much from coaches and some phenomenal athletes at UCC,” says Power. “I also loved being able play with my brothers.” Power is now pursuing a psychology degree at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
“The highlight of my athletic career at UCC was the come-from-behind football win over St. Andrew’s — 40-34,” says Power, who was the Blues quarterback in that November 10, 2010 spectacle that many observers believe may have been one of the finest high school football games of the decade.
“It was back-and-forth and, late in the game, we pulled it off,” he says. “I remember throwing a pass to my brother. I just told him where to be and I’d get the ball to him. He caught it and then we went on to score the winning touchdown. It was something I will never forget.”
His football days went from UCC to Bowdoin, but after his freshman year, Power suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to switch positions. His new job was to catch the ball as a wide receiver – something he has done for the past three seasons.
Seamus received an invite to participate in the 2016 Canadian Football League combine earlier this year, and put up some impressive numbers in front of pro scouts.
“Every kid dreams of playing a professional sport – and I am no different,” he says. “If it works out, great. If not, other things will come.”
If he doesn’t get a call from any CFL teams this spring, Seamus will attend graduate school at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.