Art Schmon from Class of 1967 was an integral part of Ridley’s successful football, hockey, cricket and track teams. He received a Headmaster’s tie for his outstanding contributions as captain of First Hockey, was awarded the Captain’s Bat for cricket and set a record for junior 120 yard hurdles that stood for decades. Beyond the gates of Ridley, he served as opening bat for the 1969 Canadian Colts Cricket team and played on Princeton’s varsity hockey team for three years, including a season as captain. He remains an avid cyclist, logging hundreds of kilometres on his bike across North America. Yet his success, along with his enduring love of sport, can be traced right back here to his youth: playing touch football for hours with his family on the lawn of their Yates Street home; “playing shinny at the old Ridley ice rink over Christmas holidays from 9 am to 4 pm every day”, solidifying his skills as a hockey player but, more importantly, forming lifelong memories and friendships.
“No matter how good we were – or think we are – we can’t always control outcomes. What we can control is our preparation, effort and demeanour.”