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Wadsworth, W.R. 1893 - Rowing

For more than a century, Ridley’s Homecoming was referred to as Old Boys’ Weekend, so it seems appropriate to recognize one of the founding members of the Old Boys’ Association, the treasurer, W.R. Wadsworth, Class of 1893. There isn’t much history recorded about his sporting exploits while a student, though he is said to have enjoyed ice hockey, as well as sneaking out of his boarding house for nocturnal muskrat trapping. In Kim Beattie’s book Ridley: The Story of a School, there is also a reference to “his wonderful hand with a canoe paddle.” In fact, Mr. Wadsworth would go on to accomplish great feats on the water. After graduating from Ridley, he joined the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club, and in 1904 he was selected to represent Canada at the Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri. His crew of eight earned a silver medal, making him Ridley’s first Olympian.
P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3 Canada 905 684 1889
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