Upper Canada College Grade 12 student Keenan Conlon improved upon his third place finish last year to capture the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations high school boys’ tennis championship.
“I felt I had put in the necessary hours throughout the tennis season to prepare myself for the moment,” says Conlon. “Over three days, I had some tough matches, but I felt like I raised my level at key points during my five matches.”
Conlon was the top seed and went undefeated through the tournament, including 8-3 wins in the semi-finals and final.
“Winning gold was an unforgettable experience, made that much sweeter given that I knew that moment would be the last time that I would don the UCC crest,” says Conlon. “Furthermore, my family has a long history of OFSAA tennis success, including my brothers Alex and PJ, who won a bronze and a silver medal respectively, so to be able to complete the family trophy case is an incredible feeling.”
“Keenan was a terrific ambassador for UCC, showed excellent sportsmanship, and made us and his teammates very proud,” says varsity tennis assistant coach Derek Poon. “He played very well, problem-solving each opponent along the way, battling through all the challenges he faced.”
Vlad Kotov also took part in the singles competition for UCC, while two doubles teams qualified for the tournament.
Kevin Berghuis and Gijs Noteboom won a bronze medal in the open boys’ doubles event while Alex Osipov and Charlie Dunbar had to withdraw from the high school boys’ draw to an ankle injury suffered by Osipov.