Donald Coons from the Class of 1982 ran with the Harriers for four years, serving as team captain and representing the school at OFSAA. As captain of First Squash, he led his team to four ISAA championships, won the prestigious Bulldog Trophy and represented Ridley on tours of England and the USA. He captained the cricket team and fondly recalls winning the ISAA championship in 1980, followed by a tour of Bermuda with the team in 1981. He moved on to Princeton University where he was a decorated member of the varsity squash team – while also playing rugby, varsity football, club wrestling and hockey. His obvious love of sport kept him active in national and international squash competitions in years that followed; his well-honed leadership skills led to positions as a coach, administrator, and coordinator of junior development, ensuring that new generations could experience the plethora of opportunities sport can provide. He recalls his Jesters squash tour of South Africa in 1990, a transformational time in that country. He reveled in five weeks of exposure to sport, fellowship, dramatic geography and experiencing a new world.
His greatest lessons learned through sports? “Discipline, work ethic, overcoming adversity, perseverance, learning how to lose gracefully and win even more so.”