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Shemilt, David '83 - Swimming

David Shemilt from the Class of 1983 was a provincially ranked athlete who set four long-standing Ridley pool records with the Swim team in the early eighties. While swimming for Ridley, he also trained in the early morning hours at nearby Brock University, with his sights set on the Los Angeles Olympics in the summer of 1984. However, as Richard Bradley and Paul Lewis point out in their book, Ridley A Canadian School, it wasn’t all work and no play for David. A section titled, “The Search for the Perfect Prank” notes his leading role in a 1982 incident that successfully saw Headmaster Jere Packard’s office filled with balloons. But swimming was serious business. David’s hard work paid off, adding his name to an illustrious list of Ridley Olympians. At the 1984 Games, he set a Canadian record in heats for the men’s 1500 metres event, finishing seventh overall. Bradley and Lewis remarked that David’s “presence at Ridley was an inspiration to the whole swimming fraternity.”
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