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martin kwok
President

Year:  3

Specialization: Management

Focus: Finance, Strategy & Innovation

Fun Fact: I speak three languages - English, Mandarin, Cantonese!

Favourite Sport/Activity: 

Ever since my youth, football has been an integral part of my life, providing me with invaluable experiences and opportunities. From representing Hong Kong to immersing myself in a professional football environment in Shanghai, this sport has taught me unique skills that I would not have acquired elsewhere. Through my journey as a football player, I realized how much I appreciate the impact sports have on our daily lives and the influence on your professional and personal development.

Why RCSS?

RCSS offers an exciting platform for Rotman Commerce students to merge their passion for sports with their interest in the business industry. The club brings together a diverse group of Rotman Commerce students, including sports enthusiasts, fitness enthusiasts, and both current and former varsity athletes. Through RCSS, students will gain the opportunity to engage in a multitude of sports events while also delving into a wide range of career possibilities within the sports business industry.

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Bob xu
vice President

Year: 3

Specialization: Finance & Economics

Focus: Data Science

Minor: Statistics

Fun Fact: I used to be a competitive swimmer for 13 years.

Favourite Sport/Activity:

Soccer, the sport itself is beautiful. Anyone can play the sport no matter the size, weight, etc. It is just a beautiful sport that everyone can enjoy.

Why RCSS?

RCSS is a community that bridges the gap between students and the sports business industry by arranging all kinds of events. RCSS has also been promoting a balance between study and life by providing self wellness tips.

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ella jones
director of marketing

Year: 3

Fun Fact:

I love being outside, especially walking my dog York!

Favourite Sport/Activity:

Having been a competitive dancer for 15 years definitely puts this at the top of my list, as I am now also a member of the UofT Varsity Pom Team. However, I also love soccer, cheerleading, swimming, running and dragon boat.

Why RCSS?

I was driven to join RCSS because I love anything fitness and sport related. I am hoping to obtain a career in my future that combines my love for business with sports. I also wanted to be surrounded by other passionate and sport loving fans.

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Rishika Gupta
director of finance

Year: 3

Specialization: Finance & Economics

Fun Fact: 

I have the worst sleep schedule ever, and am a night owl.

Favourite Sport/Activity:

I love working out in the gym as I feel that it gives me a break from other things in life since I am so focused in that.

Why RCSS?

I wanted to promote gender equality in the sports industry, in ways like getting the wage gap down and women also having access to the same facilities as men.

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Rita Riedstra
director of corporate relations

Year: 2

Specialization: Finance & Economics

Focus: Data Science in Business

Fun Fact:

I played on every sport team for my school in 6th grade

Favourite Sport/Activity:

In recent years it has been basketball, since I love following the NBA, and shooting hoops for exercise. I also would say karate, because I learned a lot mentally and emotionally, as well as physically. I found that it is a large part of who I have become, especially since it was a large part of my life during my developing years, and I started from such a young age!

Why RCSS?

I love engaging in sports, whether that includes playing or watching. Given the start of my degree, since school takes up such a large portion of my time, it's hard to find a balance between school and sports that I am happy about. I was brought to RCSS because it is a bridge between school and sports where I can mix my two passions and meet others similar to me!

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anne lee
marketing committee

Year: 3

Specialization: Management

Focus: Marketing, Leadership in Organizations

Minor: Economics, Women & Gender Studies

Fun Fact:

I recently became a NCCP certified judo instructor and was selected as a coach for the 2023 Ontario Winter Games :)

Favourite Sport/Activity:

I love all sorts of sports! I particularly enjoy judo and rugby. I started judo at 4 years old and compete internationally, and I've been playing on the UofT Varsity Blues Rugby Team since first year.

Why RCSS?

As I entered university, I felt pressured to choose between school and sports, but I was lucky enough to be able to continue with both of my passions. I joined RCSS to become a bridge to students who feel that they have become disconnected to sport and physical activity and help rekindle their joy for sport.

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aRy you
events committee

Year: 2

Fun Fact:

Team sports > everything

Favourite Sport/Activity:

Basketball. Before coming into University of Toronto I had a habit of morning shooting practices. Practice my shooting every morning has created a very deep connection between myself and the sports not only due to my personal development in the sport but also my relationship with myself.

Why RCSS?

I have always wanted to participate in the sports association and post secondary education. In high school there were lots of activities ready for students to participate in the sports area therefore as a calmer student I wanted to know more about sports business industry. As I was finding my way in Rotman, I saw RCSS and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to expand my knowledge and encourage the community to give more recognization sports

 

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Kaavya Chaturvedi
corporate relations committee

Year: 2

Specialization: Management

Minor: Economics

Fun Fact:

I once traveled in a plane six times within a month!

Favourite Sport/Activity:

Of all the sports I have participated in, I am most passionate about Basketball. While my team practices were absolutely brutal, the boost of energy I felt after completing them will always remain unmatched. Basketball has familiarized me with multiple life skills that I would not have learned if it wasn't for this amazing sport.

Why RCSS?

All my life, I have passionately been involved with multiple sports, through which living an active life became extremely important to me; but I also wanted to pursue a career in the business industry. For me, RCSS is a step toward combining my passions and learning more about what I hope to pursue in the future.

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Avery Bespalko
marketing committee

Year: 3 

Specialization: Management

Focus: International Business, Managing in Diverse Economies

Minor: Economics, Human Geography

Fun Fact:

I love Taylor Swift and Phoebe Bridgers. :)

Favourite Sport/Activity:

I am most passionate about either baseball or softball. I grew up watching baseball games with my dad almost every day and I played softball at a high level for over a decade. Over time my love for both sports became an integral part of my identity.

Why RCSS?

My passion for both sports and business led me straight to RCSS—a club that perfectly amalgamates my two greatest interests and provides an opportunity for me to connect with fellow Rotman students who share the same love for sports. RCSS also offers a platform for me to enhance my skills, broaden my network, and thrive in an environment that embraces both business and sport.

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ryan char

events committee

Year: 2

Specialization: Management

Fun Fact:

I work as a scorers table staff in UofT basketball games

Favourite Sport/Activity:

I like basketball the most because the sport is really interesting to watch.

Why RCSS?

My passion in sports business brought me to RCSS. I think RCSS would provide me with experience in event planning and exposure in the industry.

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clara ni

corporate relations committee

Year: 3

Specialization: Accounting

Fun Fact:

I have been to skydiving before!!

Favourite Sport/Activity:

I love snowboarding and boxing.

Why RCSS?

I was the corporate relations member in another UofT club, and also love doing sport. So I applied for RCSS

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Serena Au Yeung
marketing committee

Year: 2

Specialization: Management

Fun Fact:

I have a white dog named rainbow!

Favourite Sport/Activity:

I have been very passionate about yoga in the last year because of the transformation it has had on my mind and my body. Flexibility was something I have struggled with for years due to strength training and over using the muscle, therefore I have never bothered to fix the issue. However, after constantly going back to yoga though regretting to enter the yoga room I started becoming obsessed to the tranquility and calmness from the practice. I can see improvement in my happiness after practicing yoga and the flexibility of my body.

Why RCSS?

I have joined RCSS to dive deeper and explore the marketing strategies for the growing sport business industry. Sport Business is an interesting industry as it operates below the simple passion sport viewers or fans have for a certain player or team, there are multi-million deals that are happening in the same second as a goal is scored. I want to learn more insights and have hands-on marketing experience on this specific expertise of interest.

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Christopher Chan
events committee

Specialization: Finance & Economics

Fun Fact:

I initially got into basketball only because Jordans looked cool.

Favourite Sport/Activity:

In terms of watching, it's gotta be football and F1. The atmosphere at football games are unmatched (especially in Europe), while F1 is easily the sport that gives me the most adrenaline and excitement. I used to play table tennis and badminton competitively, but have now transitioned into pickleball.

Why RCSS?

I've always wanted to explore the possibility of working in the sports industry, and RCSS allows me to explore and have a deeper dive into the possibilities and how/what it's like to work in it. Furthermore, it's always nice to meet like-minded individuals interested in the more business-y side of sports.

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Jasmyn Andreevski

marketing committee

Year: 2

Specialization: Finance & Economics

Fun Fact:

I love to travel!

Favourite Sport/Activity:

The sport that I am most passionate about is golf. For over six years I played the sport competitively and later had the privilege of coaching the sport to a variety of individuals. Golf is a delightful activity that can be enjoyed alone, as well as with family and friends.

Why RCSS?

From an early age, I have consistently been involved in and found joy in sports. Starting at the age of three, I discovered a deep passion for athletics, which has remained with me through the years. Entering university I wanted to become apart of RCSS as it provides the opportunity to engage with fellow individuals who share an interest in both sports and business.

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