Michael Hazell from the Class of 1973 distinguished himself while at Ridley in football, basketball, rugby, track and field and rowing. There were barely enough hours in the day, yet, he made the most of them all, as his countless accolades as a student will attest. After graduating from Ridley, athletics remained central to his life, not only as a competitor, playing varsity rugby, first for the University of Waterloo, then for the University of Toronto, but also as a builder. He has held several leadership positions within sports institutions, and encouraged philanthropy through sport initiatives, including last year’s Stationary Bike Challenge for Toronto Rehab, which earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most riders and most money raised by a static bike event. But perhaps his biggest contributions have been made through coaching. He is a certified physical education teacher who has inspired countless young people, including – as a coach and faculty member at the school – many young Ridleians to reach their potential through the power of sport.
“For Ridley Tigers, adversity is but a bone to chew on.”