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Campbell, Neil '51 - Rowing

Neil Campbell was an elite athlete who competed in the straight Four at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and the Eight at the 1968 summer Olympics in Mexico. But most of us would know little of his success as an athlete. Because in 1967 he became head rowing coach at Ridley College and changed the athletic identity of our school. Under his leadership, Ridley eights won 14 Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (Schoolboy) Championships, five American Schoolboy titles and seven Championships at the English Henley Royal Regatta in the years that followed. He also coached the 1984 Canadian Men’s heavy eight to a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He received the Order of Canada in 1981 and was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Rowing Hall of Fame in 1987. His greatest accomplishment was the character, fierce loyalty, and understanding that preparation breeds success that he inspired in his athletes. That legacy continues to echo down Martindale pond and the Ridley Boat house. 

"I hate to lose and I coach how I feel."
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With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.