At first glance, John Cassels might not seem like a Ridley athletic success story. He played First Football, but claims he doesn’t remember anything remarkable about his team’s performance. When asked about the number of athletic awards he racked up while a student here, he answered, “None.” And after graduating from Ridley in 1966, it was all downhill, so to speak. Because he went on to win two championships with the varsity alpine ski team at Bishop’s University. While there he also played four years of varsity football, won two league championships and played twice in the semi-finals for the Vanier Cup. He is the embodiment of what we now call long-term athlete development, as he has challenged himself to new and exciting athletic endeavours throughout his life, from national and international competitions in squash and windsurfing to rec hockey tournaments, to participation in over 50 rodeo competitions. He has generously shared his passion for sport, chairing the Alpine World Cup at Lake Louise for over two decades, and volunteering at both the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary and the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
“One word says it all: Teamwork.”