The Country Day School prides itself in teaching its athletes top-level technical skills, with an emphasis on sportsmanship and integrity. With an offering of 70 teams across 24 sports, many CDS students also compete at a more elite-level outside of school. Supporting these athletes as they strive to excel in all areas of their lives is an important part of what CDS does.

Throughout the School’s history, there has been a willingness to customize class schedules specific to the needs of student-athletes to allow them time to compete competitively at a provincial or national level, while still prioritizing their academics. Some of the higher profile graduates to benefit from these accommodations include Elvis Stojko ’91, two-time Canadian Olympic Silver Medalist (1994 and 1998) and three-time World Champion; Michael Cammalleri ’99, left winger for the New Jersey Devils; and more recently, Alexandra Paul ’09, member of Canada’s 2014 Olympic figure skating team for Ice Dance; and Adriana Leon ’10, member of the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team.

In recent years, CDS has given this individualized scheduling for nationally ranked athletes a name, the High Performance Phys-Ed Program (HPPP). “For those competitive athletes who are training 12 hours or more outside of school each week and are provincially ranked in their sport, CDS offers individualized scheduling accommodations and customized coursework to help balance their busy schedules.” explains Denise Steadman, Head of Physical and Health Education.

This year there are 10 students enrolled in the program. Click the stories below to learn more about some of these students.

High Performance Athletes

List of 10 news stories.

  • Featured Athlete - Lauren Michelberger

    Zach Lawton
    GY student and Aurora native, Lauren Michelberger is an accomplished gymnast who has competed at a provincial and national level in Ontario and abroad.  After a routine of dedicating 16 plus hours a week to gymnastics, Lauren decided to change her commitment and focus solely on tumbling.  A big change that has already seen success with a gold medal at the Ontario Cup this month.
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  • Berkley and her coach David Belhumeur, Head Coach Ontario Mogul Team at Freestyle Ontario

    Aurora Skier Captures Spot on Canadian National Mogul Team

    Berkley Brown has enjoyed skiing moguls … fast, since she was seven years old. After being sidelined for six months with a torn ACL during her first season with the Ontario Provincial team three years ago, she returned with a vengeance to win the 2015 U16 Junior Nationals the following season.
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  • Berkley Brown

    May 2015

    Denise Steadman, Head of Phys-Ed and Health Education, recently shared these updates on three elite athletes who participate in The Country Day School’s High Performance Phys-Ed Program. In their own words, this is what they had to share:
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  • Featured Athlete - Iain Quayle

    CDS student Iain Quayle is a competitive skier who has enjoyed a great deal of success on the U16 and Can-Am ski tours. After a broken back cut his 2014-2015 season short, the Grade 11 Shanty Bay resident underwent a miraculous recovery, and is once again on the slopes competing in his first year at the FIS (Federation Internationale de Ski) level.
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  • Katia Fedyushchenko and Kaelan Dunker

    Athlete of the Week: Katia Fedyushchenko

    Grade 11 student and Barrie resident, Katia Fedyushchenko is a nationally ranked figure skater who competes in the Junior Dance event. Her love of the sport means early mornings and late nights, but she still finds balance thanks to CDS’ High Performance Phys-Ed program.
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  • Jonathan Sorbo, Grade 9

    Grade 9 Student and CDS “lifer”, Jonathan Sorbo, is an emerging tennis talent in Ontario. He has played the sport his entire life and is trained by his father, Jonathan Sorbo Sr.
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  • Christian Mitri, Grade 10

    Grade 10 student, Christian Mitri, has been playing high-level hockey since he was four-years-old. The High Performance Phys-Ed Athlete has a busy hockey schedule but still finds time to play on numerous school teams, an opportunity he cherishes.
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  • Lauren Michelberger, Grade 9

    Lauren Michelberger, a Grade 9 CDS student from Aurora, is an accomplished gymnast and dancer.
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  • Jessica Blum, Grade 11

    Jessica Blum, a long-time CDS student in Grade 11 from Gormley, competes in equestrian, track and field and long-distance running.
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  • Rachel Glynn, Grade 11

    Rachel Glynn is a Grade 11 student from Aurora and has been at The Country Day School since Grade 9. She has played on the Sr. Girls’ Soccer team for the past two years, and last year helped the team win both CAIS and CISAA Championships as the team’s top scorer.
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Athletics News @ CDS

List of 6 news stories.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.