This inductee is immortalized on a postage stamp commemorating the 1962 Grey Cup—also known as 'The Fog Bowl.' The stamp shows Tim, a half-back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, preparing to successfully tackle the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback on a rare breakaway. The game had to be played over two days because of a dense fog that blew in from Lake Ontario. When play was suspended, his Tiger-Cats were losing to Winnipeg by one point. The next morning, Tim recalls, “we ‘dressed up’ in our stinking, muddy uniforms and ran out on to the field into the bright sunny day” to play the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. “The score didn’t change,” he notes wryly. Still, the Fog Bowl remains a highlight of this Ridleian’s storied athletic career.
While a student, he played football, basketball, track and field, and was the Ridley Light-weight Boxing champion. Tim went on to distinguish himself at the University of Toronto, where he was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, and in 2000 was named to the University’s All-Century Football team. He played rugby at Yale and at Oxford, and also played on the university ice hockey team. Tim credits sports with imbedding the personal discipline and high standards necessary to achieve excellence.
And his contributions did not end with his playing days. As a member of U of T’s Governing Council, Tim has supported athletics on both academic and practical levels. He is a founding benefactor of the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, which fosters synergies among sport and exercise, research and teaching, sport medicine, athletic training, coaching, and world class competition.
“In winning team sports, it is the team that matters, not the individual.”