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Hutchings, Brian ’84 - Football

Though Brian attended Ridley for only one year, he was a major contributor to the success of its 1983-84 athletic season. First, he was part of the football team that beat league champions Trinity College School in the last game of the year, catching the winning touchdown pass from Graham Stanley. It was a mud bowl, he recalls, and Ridley’s team celebrated their victory by jumping into the TCS pool to “clean off.” Another triumph from that year was being named SOSSA shotput champion as a member of Ridley’s Track and Fieldteam. Then, under the coaching of “miracle man” Dave Gagné, he went on to win the Independent School Basketball Championship against Hillfield-Strathallan College—with only eight players on the Ridley roster.
 
After graduation, Brian went on to captain St. Mary’s University football team, where he was named an All Star, leading the Huskies to victory in the Atlantic Conference Championship of 1987. Then came his career in the Canadian Football League, playing for the Toronto Argonauts, and winning conference championships with both the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders. Most recently, he has been contributing to big wins for the Niagara Region, his transformative work and leadership at Brock University supporting, among other things, their Nationally recognized athletics programme. This programme helped Niagara secure the 2021 Canada Games, an event that will positively change this community forever.
 
“Aim to be better by incrementally improving everyday through diligence, cleverness and persistence.”
 
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With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.