As a Ridley student, Sheilagh Croxon ‘82 was a member of both the swim and cross-country teams. At a young age, she developed a passion for synchronized swimming which drove her to achieve extraordinary sporting and coaching success beyond the Ridley gates. A significant career highlight was her team’s performance at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, resulting in a bronze medal finish. The recognition was sweet but she is most proud of the journey – years of tireless effort and hard work that moved her team from a fifth-place world ranking to the Olympic podium, performing some of the most memorable choreography in the history of synchro. Not surprisingly, she insists perseverance is the secret to success: “When you are present everyday and focus on the joy of the work, the results take care of themselves.” These days, she takes joy in ensuring the flourishing legacy of sport. As an internationally recognized coach and consultant, she has received countless honours, including: twice named as one of the 20 most influential women in Canadian sport; two time Petro Canada Coaching Excellence award winner; and named Ontario Female Coach of the Year three times over.
“Excellence is not an act but a habit.”