For Bobby, it’s all about the journey—and enjoying that journey along the way. His favourite Lower School memory was being part of a football programme that evolved year over year. He recalls the contagious feeling of pride he and his teammates experienced as they continued to improve—thanks in no small part to Coach Jim Milligan’s positive encouragement: “When you score a touchdown, act like you’ve been there before!”
In Upper School, Bobby excelled in Track and Field and Harriers, at a time when Ridley's cross-country team was emerging as a strong OFSSA competitor. “Under Maggie Swan’s coaching, and with the help of Tony Marra, Manny Neubacher and others, we had a three-year run of excellent achievements,” he recalls fondly.
After graduating from Ridley, Bobby earned numerous awards as a member of the Western University Track and Field Team, including City of London Achievement in Sport. He was named team MVP and competed in multiple Canadian Championships, where he savoured every moment. “There is no understating the fact that being a varsity athlete at Western is a lot of fun!” he explains good-naturedly.
That being said, Bobby's favourite memory of university competition has, at its heart, a Ridley connection. In 1991, two friends came to watch him compete in the Canadian University Championships: Rob Coutts and Scott Lampard, teammates from those long-ago days on the burgeoning Lower School Football Team.
“Championships and success do not happen without the help of good teammates.”