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Loat, Chris '62 - Cricket

One of the true loves of his life is sport—as player, coach and organizational leader, Chris' appreciation for all that sports has to offer is unmatched. As a student at Ridley, he was a member of the First Cricket, First Squash and First Soccer teams. That opportunity to play not only instilled in him his passion for sport, but also helped foster the importance of giving back.

After graduation, Chris played hockey, squash, football, soccer, and rugby for Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He served as captain of the St. Catharines Cricket Club, continuing to play both cricket and squash—he played the former competitively into his fifties, and retired from the latter in his sixties. Chris remains an avid croquet competitor, travelling regularly for tournaments throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and was named Croquet Canada USCA Player of the Year in 2014.

Beginning in 1968, Chris coached countless young athletes at Ridley in soccer, squash and hockey. Notably, he coached cricket until the school stopped playing it in 2001. He has served on the executives of the Ontario Cricket and Canadian Cricket Associations, the Niagara Squash Racquets Association and Squash Ontario and is the current treasurer of Croquet Canada. His dedicated service on behalf of local, regional and national sport organizations is a testament to how he has given back, using sport to enrich and enhance the lives of others.
“After Chris proposed to me, he said he had one more thing to ask. It was, ‘Please don't ever ask me to stop playing sports.’ That’s pretty much defined our marriage.” —Trish Loat
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