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Letham, Dax '93 - Rugby/Squash

Dax Letham from the Class of 1993 was 5 feet tall in grade 9 and weighed less than 100 pounds. “I was probably the smallest boy in the Upper School,” he recalls. “The only reason I made the football team was because they didn’t cut anyone.” And yet, with signature grit, he became a decorated athlete at Ridley and beyond. That diminutive grade 9 grew into an MVP, the captain of First Football, Captain of the squash and rugby teams, and Male Athlete of the Year in 1993. True to his underdog roots, he went on to lead the University of King’s College Rugby team to victory in the Nova Scotia provincial championship, defeating larger “powerhouse” university teams like Dalhousie. He moved on to earn his MBA from Western University, where he originally told legendary squash coach Jack Fairs he would be too busy studying to play. But Coach Fairs had other ideas. What followed was his distinguished tenure as co-captain of the Western Squash team, during which he led the team to two consecutive OUA championships, and earned the titles of OUA All-Star and All-Canadian Academic. To date, he continues to play squash and recently finished 2nd in the 2016 Canadian Over-40 championship.
 
“Never quit.  Always keep trying and playing.” 
P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3 Canada 905 684 1889
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.