Make no mistake; it’s all about the journey for Bobby Lyons, Class of 1988, and about enjoying that journey along the way. His favourite memory from Lower School was being part of a football program that evolved year over year. He still fondly recalls the contagious feeling of pride he experienced with his teammates as they continued to improve, thanks in no small part to coach Jim Milligan’s positive encouragement: “When you score a touchdown, act like you’ve been there before!” In Upper School, he excelled in track and field and Harriers, at a time when the cross-country team was emerging as a strong OFSSA competitor. “Under Maggie Swan’s coaching, and with the help of Tony Marra, Manny Neubacher, and others, we had a three-year run of excellent achievements,” he recalls. After graduating from Ridley, he earned numerous awards as a member of the Western University Track and Field Team, including the City of London Achievement in Sport Award. He was named MVP of the team and competed in multiple Canadian Championships, while savouring every moment. He explains, “There is no understating the fact that being a varsity athlete at Western is a lot of fun!” Still, his favourite memory of university competition has, at its heart, a Ridley connection. In 1991, two friends came to watch him compete in the Canadian University Championships. They were Rob Coutts and Scott Lampard, teammates from those long-ago, heady days on the burgeoning Lower School Football Team.
“Championships and success do not happen without the help of good teammates.”