After graduating from Ridley, Class of 1928, Charles A. Thompson attended the University of Western Ontario, where he played varsity football, helping the 1931 team win the Yates Cup Championship. But he didn’t just play football; he was also an exceptional track athlete. He competed in the 100 and 225 yard events, and set the Western record in high hurdles. But when he went on to post-graduate medical studies at McGill University, this two-sport athlete faced an even bigger hurdle – parental expectations. Son-in-law Jim Belton recounts the story as Charlie told it: “His father made it very clear to him that, as he was only an average student, he was not to play football while at McGill. However, it is my understanding that the football coach asked Charlie to play, saying he would not play against Western, thus his father would likely not be aware of his football involvement. This worked for a while until his father was at the movie theatre in London; there on the Movietone News was Charlie, receiving a pass from the McGill quarterback.” And that was the end of his football career. Fortunately, his father didn’t veto all athletic involvement, as Charlie still went on to win championships with the McGill Track and Field Team from 1934 - 1936.
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