While at Ridley, Michael distinguished himself in football, basketball, rugby, track and field, and rowing. There were barely enough hours in the day, yet he made the most of them—as his countless accolades as a student will attest.
After graduating from Ridley, athletics remained central to Michael's 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 various sport initiatives, including 2018's Stationary Bike Challenge for Toronto Rehab. The event earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for most riders and money raised by a static bike event.
But Michael's largest contributions may have been made through coaching. He is a certified physical education teacher who has inspired countless young people, including many Ridleians—as both coach and faculty member at the school—to reach their potential through the power of sport.
“For Ridley Tigers, adversity is but a bone to chew on.”