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Junior & Senior Cross Country 





U13 Soccer: 

Back Row: K. Sharma, E. Moos, K. Morgan, S. Chapel, M. Livingston, Q. K-Patrick, R. Brocklehurst. 

Front row: Mr Blanchette, A. Rigby, J. Lacey, W. McElvoy, F. Gane, S. Connolly, P. Kirby, S. Knevic, J. Newel, Mr 

Evans. 




U14 Soccer: 

Back Row: Mr Evans, D. Hofer, C. Gallagher, J. Rau, M. Tuer, J. Day, A. Hepner, P C Ascheri, M. Greenwood, J. 
S-Smth, B. Lai, M. Furnish, J. Longwell, Mr Blanchette. 
Middle row: J. Irwin, N. Tepsich, E. Peterson. 

Front row: (also on U13 team) F. Gane, K. Sharma, J. Lacey, Q. K-Patrick, M. Livingston, S. Chapel, P. Kirby, S. 
Knezevic, W. McElvoy, R. Brocklehurst. 
Absent: Q. Clark, S. Connolly. 



Junior & SeniorVolleyball 





U 14 Volleyball: 

Back Row: Mr. Bibby, S. Petrovic, J. Mizen, M. Hugessen, H. Stevenson, Ms. Nicho 
Front row: M. Bamber, J. Sussman, G. Bell, W. Gold, G. Goodman. 
Team members missing from photo: E. Ashworth-Cochrane. 




U 16 Volleyball: 

Back Row: S. Ghoreshy, J. Linsdell, J. Hugessen, T. Wright, N. Jones, J. Hardacre, P. O'Leary. 
Front row: Z. Greifenberger, D. Raymond, T. Latimer, M. MacGregor, D. Tulett, W. Pearson, R. 



Junior Basketball 




U12 Basketball: 

Back Row: A. Thornbury, S. Casimir-Smorczewski, J. Pollock, N. Woollcombe, E. Moos, C. Watson, H. Scholes, R. 
Kotecha 

Front row: O. Tiplady, Z. Kingsley, C. von Teichman, A. Herbert-Robertson, A. Rigby, M. Forgione, J. Lloyd; C. 
Taylor 





U14 Hockey: 




Back Row: Mr. Blanchette, 


L. Simpson, F. Pristine, J. Longwell, J. Lowry, J. Stephenson-Smith, PC Ascherl, J. Day, B. 


Lai, A. Hepner. 




Front row: Y. Vourkoutiotis 


P. Wilson-Smith, J. Newall, A. Coxe, J. Irwin, N. Tepsich, G. Goodman, B. Anderson, 


Mr. Ackley, Mr. Kearsey. 






Junior & Senior Badminton 





Senior Badminton & Tennis 



Junior & Senior Rugby 




U14 Rugby: 

Back Row: L. Herbert-Robertson, M. Blum, R. Behbahani, A. Coxe, H. Stevenson, J. Mizen, A. Majlessi, 
A. Hepner 

Front row: S. Sellery, M. Vassos, J. Wootton-Smith, G. Goodman, G. Bell, M. Furnish, M. Goodman, J. 
Team members missing from photo: M. Bamber 
Coaches: A. Thornbury, J. Kearsey 




Senior Rugby & Judo 




Senior Rugby: 

Back Row: T. Tuer, C. Sansom, E. Hickey, A. Pearce, T. Kirby, M. Overing, D. Macgregor, M. Roth, Z. Harrison, S. 

Boyd, M. Johnston, C. Kitchen, S. Ruscica, T. Hillyer, R. McCartney, C. Gunter, S. Sarellas 

Front Row: R. Saunders, N.Cullen, E. Barker, S. Kirsh, J. Boland, A. Mahjour, R. Irwin, C. Jones, S. Tremayne 



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Athletic Awards 



U12 Soccer MIP 

U12 Soccer Georgian Sport 
(GS) 

U12 Soccer MVP 



Sebby Switzman & Adrian 
Rigby 

Sean Connolly & Peter 
Kirby 

Max Livingston 
Spencer Chappie 
P.C. Ascherl 
Daniel Hofer 
Brendan Lai 
Zach Wallis 
Luke Jones 
Stuart Zimmermann 
Stevie Boyd 
Jack Hall 

Matviy Prokipchuk 



U14 Hockey MIP 

U14 Hockey GS 

U14 Hockey MVP 

Junior Varsity Hockey MIP 
Junior Varsity Hockey GS 
Junior Varsity Hockey MVP 

Varsity Hocky MIP 
Varsity Hockey GS 

Varsity Hockey MVP 



Anthony Coxe & Patrick 
Wilson-Smith 

Jack Longwell & Alex 
Hepner 

Jack Day & Brendan Lai 
P.C. Ascherl 

Stewart Bell & Rory Wilm 

Chris Gunter 

Griffin Nogas & Gabe 
Cronish 

Carter Ellis 

Ethan Farbridge & Leo 
Bourgeois 

Lukas Heslip 



U13 Soccer GS 
U13 Soccer MVP 
U14 Soccer MIP 
U 14 Soccer GS 
U14 Soccer MVP 
U16 Soccer MIP 
U16 Soccer GS 
U16 Soccer MVP 
Senior Soccer MIP 
Senior Soccer GS 
Senior Soccer MVP 



Snowboarding MIP 
Snowboarding GS 

Snowboarding MVP 



Graeme Edwards 

Luke Vanden Broek & Stu 
Zimmermann 

Thomas Hillyer 



U10 Cross Country MIP 
U10 Cross Country GS 
U10 Cross Country MVP 
U12 Cross Country MIP 
U12 Cross Country GS 
U12 Cross Country MVP 
U14 Cross Country MIP 
U14 Cross Country GS 
U14 Cross Country MVP 
Senior Cross Country MIP 
Senior Cross Country GS 
Senior Cross Country MVP 



Hayden Bainbridge 
James Colraine 
Theo Ochrym 
Aaron Brady 
Ben Strain 
Devin Chappie 
Alex MacDonald 
Nicholas Bethlenfalvy 
Scott Sellery 
Fraser Stevenson 
Jack Schwartz 
Parker Simon 



Junior Alpine Skiing MIP 
Junior Alpine Skiing GS 
Junior Alpine Skiing MVP 

Senior Alpine Skiing MIP 
Senior Alpine Skiing GS 
Senior Alpine Skiing MVP 



U12 Basketball MVP 
U14 Basketball MIP 
U14 Basketabll GS 
U14 Basketball MVP 
U16 Basketball MIP 
U16 Basketball GS 
U16 Basketball MVP 



Ezra Moos 

Zack Kingsley & Arden 
Herbert-Roberston 

Adrian Rigby 

Michael Tuer 

Quincy Clarke 

Jamie Mizen 

Rylan Davis 

Scott Bowlby 

Jeffrey Hugessen & Harris 

Crooks 

Ryan Mahjour & Harrison 
Tepsich 

Stefan Milosevic & Fieldin 
Phillips 

Emmett Barker & Thorn 
Robson 



Nicholas Ploughman 

Matthew Furnish 

Moro Bamber & Michael 
Rawlinson 

Chris Jones 

Zac Harrison & Tommy Ki 
Matthew Whittier 



U 14 Volleyball MIP 
U 14 Volleyball GS 
U 14 Volleyball MVP 
U 16 Volleyball MIP 
U 16 Volleyball GS 
U 16 Volleyball MVP 
Senior Volleyball MIP 



Michael Hugessen 

Jack Sussman 

Jamie Mizen 

Zach Greifenberger 

Jamie Linsdell 

Jeffrey Hugessen 

Greg Bateman, Michael 
Miller, Turner Garrow 

Fielding Phillips, James 
Boland 

Emmett Barker 



Nicholas Gill Cup 
Judo MIP 



Zach Ringwood 
Cole Norton 



U14 Badminton M1P 
U14 Badminton GS 



U14 Badminton MVP 
U16 Badminton MIP 



U16 Badminton GS 



U16 Badminton MVP 

Senior Badminton MIP 

Senior Badminton GS 

Senior Badminton MVP 

David Reeser Memorial 
Trophy for Excellence in 
Badminton 



U12 Softball MIP 
U12 Softball GS 
U12 Softball MVP 
U14 Softball MIP 
U14 Softball GS 
U14 Softball MVP 

U14 Rugby MIP 

U 14 Rugby GS 
U14 Rugby MVP 

U16 Rugby MIP 
U 16 Rugby GS 
U16 Rugby MVP 
Senior Rugby MIP 

Senior Rugby GS 
Senior Rugby MVP 




Jack Longwell & Luke Tao 



Ben And 
Tuer & William Gold & Oscar 
Peters 

Nicholas Tepsich 
Aidan Chiu 

Patrick Bemhard & Matthew 
Macgregor 

Max Vannicola 

Simon Deshpande 

Leo Bourgeois 

Griffin Nogas 

Jack Hall 



Ben Dreger & Gavin Taylor 

James Newall 

Matteo Forgione 

Owen Barney 

Jack Sussman 

Cristian Forgione 



Anthony Coxe & Matthew 
Furnish 

Jamie Mizen & Jeffrey Irwin 

Henry Stevenson & Graydo 
Goodman 



Rory Wilmer 
Theo Wright 

Stuart Tremayne & Robert 
Saunders 

Emmett Barker & Alec Pear< 
Marshall Hogarth 



Junior Athlete of the Year Pierre-Christof Ascherl & 
Jamie Mizen 

JS Robinson Trophy Jeffrey Hugessen 

(Grade 9 Athlete of the 
Year) 

AC Tudhope Trophy Griffin Nogas 

(Grade 10 Athlete of the 
Year) 

Grade 11 Athlete of the Leo Bourgeoi 
Year 

JS Housser Trophy (Grade Emmett Barker 
12 Athlete of the Year) 



Jack Day 



Jeffrey Hugessen 

Simon Taylor 

Andrew Stefankiv 
Thorn Robson 



Senior Golf MIP 
Senior Golf GS 



Senior Golf MVP 



Senior Tennis MIP 



Senior Tennis GS 
Senion Tennis MVP 



U12 Track & Field MIP Andrew Woollcomb 

U 1 2 Track & Field GS Theo Ochrym 

U 12 Track & Field MVP Devin Chappie 

U14 Track & Field MIP Alex MacDonald 

U 14 Track & Field GS PC Ascherl 

U 14 Track & Field MVP Spencer Chappie 

Senior Track & Field Harrison Gardner 
MIP 

Senior Track & Field GS Jonathon Fisher & 
Alessandro Sproul 

Senior Track & Field Andrew Leishman 
MVP 



Emmett Barker, James 
Boland, Austin Cook, Nick 
Cullen, Carter Ellis, Jack 
Hall, Marshall Hogarth, 
Ryan Irwin, Ryan Mahjour, 
David Mollenhauer, Charlie 
Osier, Filding Phillips, Tyler 
Raymond, Thorn Robson, 
Connor Sansom, Parker 
Simon, Jack Schwartz, 
Andrew Stefan kiewicz, 
Matthew Whittier, David 
Wisnewski 



Athletic Director's Jennifer Ki 

Award for Outstanding Mazurek 
Contribution to Athletics 
at RSGC 





2013-2014 Faculty and Staff 



Mark Ackley 
Karen Afheldt 
Glen Algarvio 
Jacquie Baby 
Michelle Bader-Shaw 
Ruben Balingcos 
Stephen Beatty '86 
Jennifer Bibby 
Wayne Bibby 
Thelma Black 
Drew Blanchette '96 
Jennifer Bonetta 
Richard Bubb 
Christine Buchanan 
Simon Cain 
Estela Cardonal 
Michelle Carter 
Matthew Castator 
Malcolm Coles 
Stephen Colwell 
Fiona Cooper 
Tammy Daley 
Chris D'Arcy 
Paul Darvasi 
Rachel DeBlois 
Sorin Dobrescu 
Gerry Doerksen 
James Donnelly 
Rev. Canon Tim Elliott 
Jeff Enfield '97 
John Evans 
Trena Evans 
Keith Farrar 
Dave Fitzpatrick 
Kelley Fitzpatrick 
Sherry Fitzpatrick 




Charles Fowler '86 
Elden Fulton 
Sanaz Ghoreshy 
Julie Girvan 
Ashleigh Gledhill 
Gustavo Gonzalez 
Sara Griffiths 
Cathie Gryfe-Seeley 
Nadya Habib 
Alison Hart 
Kevin Healey 
Martin Hernandez 
Father John Hodgins 
Tim Hutton 
Rodel Ingasalo 
Douglas Jamieson 
Corey Jongsma 
Maria Jordan 
Natasha Josselyn 
Andrea Kaye 
Jay Kearsey 
Catherine Kirkland 
Joseph Kohari 
Rickesh Kotecha '00 
John Lambersky 
James Leatch 
David Lee 
Sean Loucks 
Anna Magor 
Nubia Malagon 
Laurie Mandarino 
Gary Martin 
Flor Ivette Martinez 
John Mazurek 
Laura McPhedran 
Mardi Michels 



David Miller 
Jaime Morales 
Chris Newton 
Beth Nichols 
Toni Nosworthy 
Margaret Nozuka 
Sandy Nozuka 
Jane Nyman 
Paul O'Leary 
Carlos Pata 
Aaron Payne 
Luke Rankin 
Morris Reid 
Roberto Rivera 
Brian Robinson 
Torin Rumball 
Joshua Ruiz 
Michael Ruscitti 
Dianne Ryan 
Peter Sarellas 
Don Schroder 
Sandra Skinner 
Janie Smith 
Phil Spacie 
Janet Stephenson 
Tom Stevens 
John Tarn 

Adrian Thornbury '87 
Emilie Toguri 
Emma Totten 
Stefanie Turner 
Kirsten Uhre 
Nick Van Herk 
Myles Vivares 
Tom Wade West 
Shirley Wagar 



The last 8 years of my life spent at RSGC have gone by in a flash. Too 
much has happened throughout this period to remember everything 
but it has certainly been a life shaping experience. A special thanks 
to Coach Loucks for being there since the beginning both on and off 
the court. I'd also like to thank Mr. Wade-West who's been a positive 
influence in my life since Grade 5. My time spent at RSGC is something 
that will never be forgotten and was a lot of fun. 



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T-Bu Grieve Art Award 



Grade 12 Drama Award 

Spotlight Award for Stage 
Managing 

Richard Holdsworth Tarrago 
Theatre Fellowship 



Adam Newton 
Alex Fisher (2013) 



Advanced Functions Award 

AP Calculus Award 

Mathematics of Data 
Management Award 

Calculus & Vectors Award 

Jock Armitage Senior 
Mathematics Award 



Adrian Mahjour 
Shawn Wu 
Matthew Tatoff 



Matthew Tatoff 



Senior Instrumental Music 
Award 

Senior Choral Music Award 



J.L. Bradley Award 



AP Economics Award 



Financial Securities Award 



College & the City Award 



Computer Engineering 
Award: Software 



Fielding Phillips 
Matthew Clark 

Adam Aucoin (Instrumental) 
Thorn Robson & Alec 
Switzman (Choral) 



Matthew Tatoff 
Ryan Holland 
Matthew Tatoff 



Chris Anderson 
Patrick Houlding 
Wesley Knowles 
Ryan Mahjour 
Zach Ringwood 
Sam Ruscica 
Connor Sansom 

Cole Norton 
Matthew Overing 



Computer Engineering 
Award: Hardware 



John Kerr Grade 12 English 
Award 

AP English Award 
Writer's Craft Award 
Film Studies Award 



AP Human Geography Award Thorn Robson 

Canadian & World Issues Simon Thomasson 
Award 

World History Award Simon Thomasson 

Canadian & International Law Parker Simon 
Award 

Classical Civilizations Award Nick Cullen 

Latin Award James Royer 

Canadian History Award James Royer 



AP French Language Award 
Spanish Award 



Peter Corley Physics Award 
Biology Award 
Chemistry Award 
Wheeler Cup 



Gold House Chevrons 



Duke Of Edinburgh Award 
Bronze Pin 

Duke Of Edinburgh Award 
Silver Pin 

Duke Of Edinburgh Award 
Gold Pin 



The Wynn Butterworth Award 



Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Eric Butterworth, parents 
of Wynn, first head prefect of Royal St. George's 
College and awarded annually to the Head Prefect 
in gratitude for his exemplary service and leadership 
to the RSGC community. 



Marshall Hoqarth 



Ryan Irwin 
Shawn Wu 



Zach Ringwood 
Andrew Horton 

Adam Aucoin 
Ryan Irwin 
Charlie Osier 
Thorn Robson 
Jack Schwartz 



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Grade 9 Physical Education Matt Abran 
Grade 10 Physical Education Lachlan De 
Judo Award Zach Ringvv 



Grade 9 Music 
Grade 10 Musi 



Grade 9 Choral 
Grade 10 Choral 
Grade 11 Choral 



Grade 10 Art 
Grade 11 Art 



Jonathan Kirsh 
Sebastian Holt 
Adam Aucoin 

Graeme Edwards 
Matviy Prokipchuk 
Thorn Robson 

Christian Figueiredo & 
Quinn Hartwig 

Robbie Solway 

Matthew Tatoff & Ale 
Bernhard 



Grade 9 Drama 


David Vassos & 
Christian Figueirec 


Grade 10 Drama 


Mackenzie Holdei 


Ian Bonnycastle Award for 
Technical Support 


Jack Schwartz 


Spotlight Award for Stage 
Managing 


Ben Barnes 


Most Improved Actor 


Nick Scime 


Best Supporting Actor 


Charlie Osier & 
Lorcan Kelleher 


Best Actor 


Sebastian Holt 


The Richard Holdsworth 
Tarragon Theatre Fellowship 


Alex Fisher 


Grade 9 English 


Graeme Edwards 


Grade 10 English 


Peter Wright 


Grade 11 English 


Adam Aucoin & 
Will Keefe-Stacey 


Grade 11 Media Studies 


Adam Aucoin 


Peglar Cup 


Zach Ringwood 


Grade 10 Spanish 


Robbie Solway 


Grade 11 Spanish 


Sean Casey & 
Wesley Knowles 


Grade 9 French Literature 


Graeme Edwards 


Grade 10 French Literature 


Sebastian Holt 



Grade 9 French Language Jonathan K 

Grade 10 French Language Lachlan De 

Grade 11 French Language Adam Aucc 

Grade 9 Learning Jonathan K 
Strategies 

Grade 9 Canadian Nicholas R< 

Geography Graham Yu 

Great Canadian Kai Ellis 
Geography Challenge 

Grade 9 Career Studies Andrei Mill 

Grade 9 Civics Graeme Ed 



Graeme Edwarc 
Jonathan Kirsh 



Grade 11 Physical 
Geography 

Grade 12 Geomatics 

AP Human Geography 
Award 

Grade 10 History 

Grade 11 American History 

Grade 11 World History 

Grade 11 Canadian Law 

Grade 12 Canadian and 
International Law 

Grade 12 Classical 
Civilizations 



Parker Simon 
Matthew Clark 

Sebastian Holt 
Jamie McLaughlin 
Alex Harper 
Adrian Mahjour 
Adrian Mahjour 

Adrian Mahjour 
Cahal McCabe 



Grade 10 Communications Sebastian Holt & 
Technology Samson Brasseur 

Grade 11 Computer Connor Sansom 



Grade 9 Science 
Grade 10 Science 
Grade 11 Biology 
Grade 11 Chemistry 
Grade 11 Physics 
Grade 12 Earth and Spa 



Graeme Edwards 
Peter Wright 
Shawn Wu 
Ryan Irwin 
Ryan Irwin 
Nick Harrison 




Grades 3-4 



Camp Mini-Yo-We 





Imagine stepping onto a white cove and walking amidst a colony 
of sea lions, basking and frolicking in the hues of the golden 
sunlight under the blazing blue sky. The same soft grains beneath 
your feet dust their leathery brown bodies, at peaceful rest like 
islands in a sea of sand. A single blue-footed booby stands 
majestically on the black rocks in the distance, its feathers moving 
in the subtle breeze. Undisturbed by your presence, the sea lions 
continue their symphony of shouting and wailing over the swelling 
song of the tide. 

These are the sights and sounds that greeted us upon our morning 
wet landing on Santa Fe Island. Over the March Break, a group 
of twelve RSGC boys, accompanied by faculty members Julie 
Girvan and Sanaz Ghoreshy, travelled to Ecuador and the 
Galapagos Islands, one of the most biologically diverse regions in 
the world. 

We learned about everything from ecology and Darwin's 
research to physical geography and the volcanic formation of 
the islands. Encounters with rare species of plants and animals 
on different islands contrasted beautifully with an exploration 
of Quito, Ecuador's colonial capital, and the surrounding 
countryside. 

Our group spent two days in Quito before spending four days 
in the islands, and returned for another two days afterwards. 
Visiting the equator was especially interesting, and walking 
along the equator or balancing an egg on a nail proved to be 
surprisingly difficult with gravity constantly affecting our balancing 
capabilities. 

Other highlights included the markets in Otavalo, where we 
bargained for handcrafted items and beheld the breathtaking 
Andean landscape, volunteering at the Condor Park, where 



rare species of birds are trained, and a hike to the active 
Cotopaxi volcano - one of the highest in the world. 
Exploring the Galapagos Islands was a truly enlightening 
and enriching experience. Each island was unique, from 
the coral fossils on the once-submerged South Plaza to 
the colony of frigate birds on North Seymour. Witnessing 
what Darwin would eventually use to derive his ideas of 
evolution and natural selection, we noted that the same 
species of wildlife varied adoptively across different 
islands. 

While snorkeling, we observed colorful and diverse 
marine life - tropical fish, sting rays, and even sharks. 
This was one of the many testaments to the fragility of 
the islands, and we were always careful in keeping a 
respectful distance from animals or staying on the marked 
path. It was all part of the effort to protect the delicate 
ecosystem - an ongoing task that requires a great deal of 
research, as we learned at the Charles Darwin Station and 
tortoise breeding centre on Santa Cruz. 
Standing on the top deck of the Coral I, the ship on which 
we resided during the voyage, I gazed up at the stars in 
the cool breeze, and then at the glowing sunrise. Seeing 
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands was an experience 
that none of us will forget, but it brought a two-way street 
to mind: a beautiful and fragile environment invaluable for 
research, education, and pleasure, but one that is easily 
lost without careful conservation and continued respect. 

Adam Aucoin 




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David pressed his weight onto the 
podium before him. He cleared his throat and 
scanned the hundreds of sets of eyes before him. 
The room was silent and waiting for the sound of 
David's voice to fill it. He cleared his throat and 
said, "Let me take you back 10 years." 

The clock ticked by as the university 
expert waited for David in his office. The door 
clicked open and David sat down after greeting 
him. "Well David, how's everything going?." 
"Pretty good, Sir," he said with a nervous smile. 
"Have you thought any more about what you'd 
like to do?" David paused for a moment, inhaled 
and said, "Well ..." he hesitated, "I'd like to 
look at film production." The counselor studied 
David for a moment, he squinted his eyes at him 
for a second in a puzzling way. "Well," he said, 
"sure, let's check out our options.. .are you sure 
this is what you want to do?" he questioned. 
"I'm sure," David smiled. 

"You see, until then, I had no idea 
what the hell I wanted to do with my life. I just 
knew what I liked," David exclaimed into the 
microphone and the crowd smiled with him. 
"You see, movies were how I passed the time. 
Instead of working on homework, I would watch 
movies on my laptop or behind the scenes 
videos of movies. I was torn between what 
I loved, and what seemed realistic," David 
exclaimed. 

David's mom pulled the meatloaf from 
the oven and sliced it. David and his parents 
sat eating quietly at the kitchen table. "How'd 
the meeting go?" his father asked. "Not bad," 
David said. "I asked him to look into film," 
David said as he looked up at his father. His 
father stopped chewing and smiled. David and 
his family had talked about this before, but 
they never took his interest in film seriously, like 
most of the people he had talked to. "What, 
do we have the next Tarantino here? ha ha!" 
his father said. "You never know," David said. 
"What about business, or maybe something a 
little more stable?" David's mother asked. David 
sighed. "I can't make you do something you 
don't want to," David's father explained. "But 
just make sure you know what you're doing." 

"Let's fast-forward a couple of 
months now," David said into the microphone. 
"Christmas morning came, and it began like 
any other. We had our breakfast and then 
gave each other gifts. I noticed there was 
only two addressed to me and couldn't help 
feeling a little confused as to why. I opened 
the first one to find a gift from my father. Inside 
was a collection of 50 of the most classic and 
influential movies ever made. I smiled and 
thanked my dad. The next gift was from both 
my mother and father. I tore open the wrapping 
paper and staring back at me was a video 
camera. I sat staring back at it for a moment. 
I knew it was expensive, and I knew what they 



were telling me with this gift without saying it." David explained 
how his camera was everything to him, it was the medium for 
his inspiration, his pair of eyes from the real world into the film 
world, his companion, and his most prized possession. "Little 
did they know what would come of this simple gift." 

"By the time I had completed editing my 8th short 
film I had almost forgotten what the light of day looked like." 
The audience smiled back. David described how he had spent 
countless hours and sacrificed countless test scores throughout 
high school experimenting with camera movement and various 
shots. His parents threatened to take away his camera in order 
to keep him focused on school. After he had "finished" his 
homework, David would sit on his bed and watch movies in 
the darkness of his room. He watched a plethora of behind the 
scenes videos of classic films hoping that some of their wisdom 
would somehow seep through the screen. 

David's hard work (or hardly work as his parents 
liked to say) finally paid off around a week after the Toronto 
Student Film Festival came to a close. His short film about a 
retired gangster who has to groom his grandchild to take over 
the "family business" hadn't won anything. David checked his 
email one night and saw a message from someone he didn't 
recognize. He opened it and it read: 

Dear David, 

Congratulations on your successful submission to the TSFF. My 
name is Arthur Cameron, and I am the CEO and owner of 
Cameron Productions. We deal with all types of directors from 
all across Canada and currently have 287 titles either in pre- or 
post-production. After attending this year's TSFF and viewing 
your film "Family Business," I would love to have the opportunity 
to meet with you and discuss a future endeavor. Please call 416- 
291-1929 at your earliest convenience to set up a time that best 
suits you. 

I look foreword to our meeting. 



"I wanted to cry, laugh, and scream all at the same time," David 
said to his captivated audience. 

David sat at his screen for a good ten minutes before 
moving. He broke the news to his mother who, as usual, when 
something good happens, cried. His father looked at him for a 
few moments, smiled, and gave him a hug and simply said, "This 
is it!" As David went into his room to go to sleep that night, he 
picked up the university handbooks and information and placed 
them in the drawer in his desk. They sat there, burning in the 
desk drawers of David's mind. He laid in bed thinking whether 
he'd ever have to use them again, or would this be the first day 
of the rest of his life. 

"And of course, we all know the outcome of Mr. 
Cameron's letter," David said, glowing into the microphone. 
"So thank you, Mom, Dad, and of course, Mr. Cameron," 
David said before initiating a loud round of applause. "Now, 
that I've bored you all to death with my story and expression of 
thanks, I'll take my seat and hope that you all enjoy the film." 
David unbuttoned his midnight blue tuxedo jacket and sat down 
between his parents and Mr. Cameron in the large, comfortable 
velvet chairs of the movie theatre. The screen lowered from 
the ceiling and just before the lights dimmed for the premiere, 
David glanced at his parents, both filled to the brim with joy, his 
mother welling with tears and his father trying to hide it too. He 
looked up to the screen with a grin as the lights dimmed and the 
theatre went dark. 



The Hardest Sport 



Anyone who has ever played it will know that golf is one of (if 
not the) hardest sports in the world, and if there were ever such 
a thing as an unbiased opinion, it would undoubtedly say that 
golf is the hardest sport ever. 

There has never been a game more unpredictable than golf. Ev- 
ery shot is different from the last, and you will never hit the same 
shot twice. There is no sport in the world that so heavily relies 
on the weather like golf. The weather can affect a golfers round 
drastically, it can be the difference between the best round of 
your life and one of the worst. In Ireland the courses will take in 
to affect the severity of the weather and raise the strokes of par 
to account for the added difficulty. 

Its been well documented by high profile instructor Hank Haney 
(Former instructor of Tiger Woods) that there are nine shots 
in golf when it comes to the long game; the draw, fade, and 
straight ball all played to three different heights. 




That can't be too hard right? 



Nine shots sounds far easier than it is. Every amateur golfer will 
tell you that there swing suits a certain shot shape, whether it 
is a draw or fade. The better amateurs will learn how to hit as 
many different shots as they can in order to improve. If you can 
hit all nine on command your something special (this obviously 
excluding the whole concept of putting and chipping). Once 
you've mastered the ability to hit these nine shots it's time to hit 
the links. Sure you can hit the shots in a controlled environment, 
but now you're on a course. There's fairway, rough, bunkers, 
water, hazards, out of bounds, a crowd, the green, and the 
hole. None of this was in practice. Looks like your going to have 
to take what you've learnt and craft something totally new with 
it according to your new surroundings. 

1st hole, 2nd shot, 198 yards, select the 5-iron (but take a little 
bit off), wind 19 mph from the right, pin tucked behind bunker 
on the far right of the green. 

This is going to be a long round... 

Some would make the argument that you have no opponent 
out on the course... wrong again. You are your own opponent. 
It's hard to imagine how this whole idea works, playing against 
yourself. No one else on the course can affect you or your 
score, if you exclude some un-sportsman like conduct. It is up to 
YOU to keep your emotions in check. It is up to YOU to make 
the right decisions. It is up to YOU to execute the shots to perfec- 
tion. And when any part of this fails, it only comes back to you. 
That is what destroys players. There is no one else to blame but 
you. You stand there alone and humiliated. Players who learn 
to not get mad at themself will only end up becoming better 
players, but the players who constantly get angry and smash 
clubs (like myself) are the ones who can throw away enormous 
amounts of potential. 

Mark Twain hit the nail on the head when he said, "golf is a 
good walk spoiled". Golf is a sport that has the ability to drive 
people insane and every day at every golf course in the world it 



has people yelling, fighting, and wishing they'd stayed home. 
But for the lucky few that learn to appreciate the game in all its 
horror it truly is something special. 



I am from skyscrapers of Singapore, standing tall and proud, 
unaware of the throng of people who march beneath them. 

I come from rice and soy sauce, markets and bazaars full of 
spices and hagglers weighing their scales. 

I come from blood and desolation, from the gleam of hospital 
machinery as they fail to give life to one who bears another. 

I come from loneliness and uncertainty, staying awake all night, 
a pillow before my face, not knowing where my destination lies. 

I come from remembrance, linking arms with my family as we, 
together, say goodbye to the dead. 

I come from determination and hopefulness. I'm a young figure 
who stands before a window, daring the world to challenge it. 

I come from journeys and travel, from the cozy cocoon of a car 
to the soaring heights of an airplane, watching province after 
province slip away as I cross the continent and back again. 

I come from rebuilding and joining, as two different people 
became a union, changing my life for the better. 

I come from reading and inquiry. A blanket covers my head as 
my world is illuminated by both a flashlight and the words of my 
book. 

I come from thinking as questions bounce in my mind. I move 
from one to another as a humming bird flits from flower to 
flower. 

I come from creating stories as new people, places and worlds 
light up before my eyes. Their intricacies seem so complex and 
yet, so simple. 

I come from writing as a pen scrolls across the page. My writing 
moves faster than the eye as the universe I am creating comes to 
life. I feel like a god. 

I come from acting and improvisation. A stage is set out before 
me. I can feel the thrum of the theater as every eye of the audi- 
ence is on me. A fierce battle is raging in my mind, between fear 
and exhilaration. I am everyone and no one. 

I come from dreaming as I lie beneath the stars. The world, to 
me, is aswirl with all the colors of my subconscious reality. I toss 
and turn in my sleep, begging for the wondrous place to lead 
me on further into myself. 

I come from hoping as I pause and think. What kind of person 
will I be? What does the future hold? I do not know. But, I can 
always try for the best. 

I come from life as I live and breathe. I have come far. And I'll 
keep going. Always. 





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