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.”