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Swan, Michael ’84 - Football

While at Ridley, Michael was a member of the first football, first rugby, first hockey, and track and field teams. In 1983, his relay team won the SOSSA championship with teammates Neil Mawhinney ’83, John Hambly ’85 and Malcom McRae ’84. Following his time at Ridley, Michael went on to study and play football at Bishop’s University, winning the OQIFC Conference in ’86 and ’88 and winning a berth to the Central Bowl in 1986 and the Atlantic Bowl in 1988. In his final year at Bishop’s, he was ranked in the top 60 seniors in Canada in the pre-draft rankings for the CFL and was invited to the CFL evaluation camp in 1989.
Michael has remained active past his collegiate athletic experience, competing in duathlons at the provincial level in Quebec from 2006 to 2013.
Although he has many memories credited to sport, Michael fondly remembers his time playing for Bishop’s University. At the time, they were the smallest school in the country, with 1,200 students and only 3,000 residents living in the town of Lennoxville, Quebec. The 1986 season the team won all but one game in the regular season and defeated Carlton University in the Conference Championship game. Bishop’s hosted their first Central Bowl game with 5,000 people in the crowd, who came in from across Quebec. They ultimately lost the match, but the team was more united than any he has ever played for.
Michael’s greatest lesson from sport is around the value of a team: nothing is more satisfying than knowing that your teammates have your back on game day, he posits, and the importance of that brotherhood came from his time playing sport at both Ridley and Bishop’s.
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