Michael is excited to be back for his eighth year at Cottingham. He was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from Royal St. George’s College in 2008 as an Ontario Scholar where he played on many sports teams. He received a four-year merit scholarship to attend St. Lawrence University, a liberal arts university in upstate New York. There Michael was a four-year member of the men’s varsity squash team and was elected Captain his senior year. He was a Scholar Athlete Award recipient recognized by the College Squash Association for his achievements in the classroom as well as a member of the French National Honorary Society, Pi Delta Phi.
Michael was also a member and selected to be on the All-Academic Liberty League team. He graduated from St. Lawrence University Cum Laude in 2012.
Michael is bilingual having spent a semester his senior year of university studying abroad at the University of Rouen. After graduation, he went back and worked for a year in a small city in Southwestern France for the French Ministry of Education as an English language assistant teaching at two schools.
After France, Michael was the full-time Field House Coordinator of the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, a world class athletic facility which hosted the Pan Am Games. The Field House is 30,000 square feet including four hardwood floor gymnasiums, a 200-metre running track and three studios. Michael was responsible for the training, guidance and supervision of 22 Field House attendants and ensured that the staff’s work assignments were completed in an effective and timely manner. He collaborated and communicated daily with diverse groups such as the University of Toronto, City of Toronto, independent organizations and specialized groups such as Rhythmic Gymnastics Canada, Wheelchair Basketball Canada, and Judo Ontario.
This past year Michael has been a squash professional based out of Glendon College where he has been running the squash department. He works with beginners, adults, competitive juniors as well as running leagues and tournaments. He also has been doing work in the financial sector, having a keen interest in the stock and real estate market.
Nadia is excited to return for her fifth summer at Cottingham. In the past, she has helped out at the summer tennis camps at Cottingham and hopes to do so this summer. Nadia enjoys playing tennis, doing community service and spending time with her friends. She is excited for the fall as she plans on attending university.
Maya is excited to return for her second summer at Cottingham. She just graduated from high school and is planning to attend Western University in the fall. She loves to be active, spend time with her friends, and watch sports. She’s looking forward to meeting new people and having a great summer with everyone!
Marlene is delighted to join you this season with her smile and energy. She is an enthusiastic fan of sports such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Tennis came naturally in her life when she met her husband as he introduced her into the world of this fine and challenging sport more than 15 years ago in Chile. Fun fact: she knows quite a lot about tennis except how to play on the court.