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A-Day brings UCC community together for 37th time


While every Upper Canada College sports team didn’t emerge victorious on Sept. 24, Association Day’s winning streak of fine weather and good times continued, as the community welcomed its 19th principal Sam McKinney on its 37th annual A-Day.

The day began in the Prep School’s Weston Hall at 7:45 a.m. with the new parent breakfast, where families got a chance to meet others in the same position as well as A-Day parent chair Heather Senst and Old Boy co-chairs Jeff Hill ’98, Jon Hill ’99 and Craig Hill ‘02.

The Blue Army then led a parade of Prep boys up the Avenue to the front steps of the Upper School where the opening ceremony officially kicked off the proceedings.

The youngest boys played a colour house soccer tournament, while representative teams ranging from U11 to varsity played soccer, volleyball and football on fields and in gyms around the campus. UCC teams combined for a 10-win, two-tie and three-loss record, capped off by a varsity football game where the Blues pulled off a 44-26 victory over Trinity College School.

Some Old Boys also got into the swing of things in the Michael Evan Jurist ’03 Memorial Tennis Tournament, where the father and daughter team of Don Matthews ’86 and Sophia Matthews defeated fellow class of ’86 competitors Andy Houghton and Iain MacKinnon to claim the title. Other Old Boys took part in the Allan Harris Old Boys Soccer Tournament, which had its best turnout in years, and the class of 1991 touch football challenge.

Younger members of the UCC community got to work off their energy by bouncing around in all of the inflatable amusements in the enlarged KidZone or by throwing balls to try and soak teachers in the dunk tank.

There were a lot of less athletic options to enjoy as well. Community members could listen to music by several UCC-affiliated bands as part of A-Tunes @ A-Day while wandering up and down the Avenue and around the front of the Upper School to check out a variety of different booths.

Several items were up for grabs in the silent auction, which attracted a lot of bidders. Horizons accepted gently used hockey equipment. An array of clubs and organizations sold an assortment of products and provided information at well-visited booths helmed by representatives of the Arts Booster Club, Blues Booster Club and Norval Outdoor School, among others. Outside vendors sold their goods at the Jon Wookey ’08 Memorial Organic Farmers’ Market.

All of this coincided with UCC’s annual reunion weekend, and members of the leaving classes of 1966 and 1991 received respective 50- and 25-year anniversary ties during luncheon receptions ahead of the evening’s Old Boy reunion dinner that closed off another successful A-Day.

Next year’s A-Day will take place on Sept. 23.

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