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Campbell, Neil '51 - Rowing

Neil was an elite athlete who competed in the straight Four at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the Eight at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico. But most of us knew little of his success as an athlete. In 1967, Neil became Ridley's Head Rowing Coach—and this move forever changed the athletic identity of our school.

Under Neil's impressive leadership, Ridley eights won 14 Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association (Schoolboy) Championships, five American Schoolboy titles, and seven Championships at the English
 Henley Royal Regatta in the years that followed. He also coached the 1984 Canadian Men's heavy eight to win gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. 

In 1981, Neil received the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Rowing Hall of Fame in 1987. His greatest accomplishment was in inspiring in his athletes character, fierce loyalty and the understanding that preparation breeds success. That legacy continues to echo across the Martindale Pond and throughout the Ridley Boat House. 

"I hate to lose and I coach how I feel."
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