Peter Newell understands that the most valuable player on any team is a true team player. He also recognizes the importance of good coaching, fondly recalling that his Ridley coaches “always gave more than they had to in time and support.” While a student at Ridley, he played First Rugby, captained First Football, First Basketball and First Tennis. He was named MVP of the football and rugby teams, and earned that honour twice as a member of the basketball team, leading them to victory in the 1984 ISAA championship. Still a teenager, he represented Ontario at the Canada Junior Games, winning a silver medal in rugby. Later he would go on to win the McCormack Cup at the Ontario Men's Rugby Championships in 1992. After Ridley, he represented Queen’s University as a Golden Gael on both the football field as well as the rugby pitch. In the late 1980s, Queen’s rugby dominated the OUAA, winning four consecutive championships and naming Peter as grad MVP in 1990.
“My everyday life reflects a basic team philosophy: you win as one and you lose as one. It’s your job to make people around you better.”