By David Grossman

After graduating from Upper Canada College, Will Sidgwick tinkered with the possibility of a career in engineering and there was interest in testing the market as a professional athlete.

Both are still in his future plans, but Sidgwick — while in his fourth year of studies at Queen’s University in Kingston— saw an opportunity join his father’s successful Toronto-based business as a Consultant for Financial Systems.

“The job is really about customizing financial systems to meet the needs of a major business,” says Sidgwick, who had observed his fathers business as a youngster and the interest grew. “It’s different, challenging, very rewarding and it was an opportunity I just had to take.”

Sidgwick knows all about taking challenging steps — and his record shows good things. As a 13-year old, he was cut from a school sports team, but didn’t hesitate to try something new: volleyball.

“It was different, but I remember really wanting to participate in something,” says Sidgwick. “I think I was around 13 years of age, just got to like volleyball more and more. Joined a club and played year round. Things turned out alright.”

A 6-foot-3 left-side hitter, Sidgwick was chosen team MVP for UCC, was on three Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association league championship teams and culminated his high school days with a provincial gold medal for the Blues.

Shuffling off to Queen’s, he was chosen to the Ontario University Athletics rookie all-star volleyball team and has a pair of gold medals from two league titles.

Still with the sport, but the beach volleyball version, Sidgwick was on four Canadian World Junior squads and the most significant event of his life so far was being part of a Canuck team that placed fifth in 2013.

“It was fabulous — playing for your country and doing so well,” he says. “As much as that was special to me, I’ll always have wonderful memories of UCC. Lots of great people, everyone was very supportive and it was a fabulous place to go to school.”