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PROFESSION Owner, Ciotti Models

ROLE MODELS My mother, father, step-mother and sister

HOW SEXUALITY AFFECTED SPORTS ACTIVITIES GROWING UP Growing up in a small town, I was teased for my sexuality. At 16, I was the only openly gay student at my high school. I strayed from playing many group sports except volleyball. I also found solitude in gymnastics. That was
my first love.
ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE ON OVERCOMING BIASES IN SPORTS If you love something, don’t give up. Work hard and show others you’re just as good, if not better. You’ll see that your teammates will have a newfound respect for you, and you for yourself—the far more important
of the two.

FITNESS STRATEGY Cardio in the morning—it wakes me right up—and weights in the afternoon. I try not to stress if I miss a day. Giving your body time to recover and relax is key. I do better with someone there to motivate me or taking group-exercise classes.

HOBBIES Growing up in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, I loved to swim in the summer and board in the winter at Blue Mountain. Today I enjoy tennis, horseback riding and bicycling throughout Toronto. Besides exercising, I like dinners, dancing and beating my friend David at board games. I love to travel but don’t have much time for it since starting my business.  

INSPIRATION SOURCE My family and friends. Also, the agency’s models are a huge inspiration. When I see their hard work pay off, it not only puts a smile on my face, it motivates me.


Top, Nike Dri-Fit Cool Stripe Tailwind Crew, $65
shorts, Nike 5” Phenom Two-In-One, $60
Shoes, Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32, $150

(Availability: Nike Retail Locations  and retailers including Sport Chek, Running Room and Foot Locker)