Our next inductee showed incredible skill and finesse in two very different sports. Doug Court from the class of 1953 was a slick, free-wheeling forward who played varsity hockey for the University of Toronto Blues and the McGill Redmen. He was also a decorated figure skater who won the Canadian Junior title in 1952. His family, who are here today to celebrate his accomplishments, recall the act of defiance required to travel to that championship in Ottawa. He requested permission from then Headmaster Dr. Hamilton to leave school to compete. The Headmaster gave him a resolute no. But Doug went anyway. After he won, his name was in the papers and there was no hiding his disobedience. Dr. Hamilton called the young man into his office to apologize, or rather, to explain himself. He just didn’t think Doug was that good. If he had known otherwise he surely would have let him go! In fact, Doug went on to win a silver at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, and placed 10th at the World Figure Skating Championships in Oslo, Norway in 1955. Doug best illustrated his facility on the ice when he performed a figure skating routine as entertainment during the intermission of his university hockey game. Immediately following, he switched skates (again) and rejoined his hockey teammates for the next period. With stories like that, it’s no wonder he was named to the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Doug Court reminds us that, once every century, there is good reason to disobey a Ridley Headmaster.