Lightning fast reflexes. Chess-like strategy. Deft racquet work. These are some characteristics that make players from UCC such tough competitors – especially by the time boys reach the varsity level. Since 2000, UCC’s varsity team has won 11 titles at the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) championships.
In provincial play, boys routinely qualify for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) tournament. Max Taylor won the ‘C’ Flight gold medal in the 2015 mixed doubles competition with Jianne Li of Branksome Hall. He’s the second UCC player to win gold at OFSAA. Neil Tai-Pow also scored gold in ‘A’ Flight mixed doubles with Rachel Honderich of Bishop Strachan School in 2011.
Tai-Pow has since gone on to post-secondary competition at Western University where most recently, as co-coach, he helped lead a relatively young team to a surprise, second-place finish at the 2015 Ontario University Athletics Championships.
Training begins at the Upper School with Under 14 and Under 16 teams. Here, experienced coaches develop athletes into all-around players. Even boys who’ve played little of the sport before making the team have emerged strong players at the varsity level.