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Nunn, John '61 - Rowing

Upon entering Cornell University, John Nunn was pulled aside by the rowing coach:

Coach: “How tall are you and what do you weigh?”
John: “6’6 and 197 pounds.”
Coach: “Perfect! Have you had any rowing experience?”
John: “No.”
Coach: “Perfect That’s the way we like ’em!”

John may have missed the start of Ridley's remarkable 50-year story of rowing by a mere five years—but the sport and the man appeared destined to meet regardless, culminating in what has now been his own remarkable 50-year career.

A Cornell University Hall of Fame inductee, 1968 Olympic bronze medalist and 1976 U.S. Olympic rowing coach, John has also moonlighted as a seven-time Marathon runner. Loyal to the sport that gave him such great opportunities and experiences, he still presides over the Long Beach Rowing Association and works to foster the next generation of rowing with their junior crew programme.
“Sports taught me how to work with others in matters of motivation, ethics, cooperation, leadership, and discipline. Exposure to sports at a young age influenced my perspective for the rest of my life.”
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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.