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Raphael (Raph) Berz is a Jr. athlete with Upper Canada College and has been rowing for 3 years. Raph is coming off a standout 2016 season with a CSSRA Gold in the Jr. Men’s 72kg 8+ and a CSSRA Silver in the Jr. 72kg 4+. In the summer, Raph volunteered and competed for the Victoria City Rowing Club and placed 2nd at BC Champs in the Jr. 4x.  In the fall, he came back to Ontario and competed and placed 10th at the Head of Charles Regatta in the Jr. Men’s Coxed Quad. At CIRC Raph won Gold in the Jr. B Men’s Lwt category with a time of 6:51.

Outside of rowing, Raphael is the Captain of the JV Volleyball team and plays in the Jazz Band while maintaining a 96% average. He is also a peer tutor for French and Math at UCC and has been working with the children of a Syrian refugee family who have recently arrived in Canada as they adapt to the Canadian school system.

Raphael is an enthusiastic team leader with endless energy who encourages his UCC team mates as they race and train.

The UCC Coaching staff is proud to nominate Raphael as the DSA Athlete of the Month.