Todd credits his appreciation for sport to his Lower School experiences, where he was exposed to a fantastic variety of athletic opportunities. Cricket, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field: as a young boy, he took part in them all. He recalls how Tribe (now Teams) competitions whetted his appetite for future success. Later, as an Upper School student, Todd played First Football, lacrosse, rowed with the Senior Boys Heavy 4s and enjoyed success with the CISAA and OFSSA champion swim team.
Todd went on to row for Brock University and then headed to Western University, where he not only competed but also took on a leadership role as Vice President – Operations for the rowing team. He remained an active competitor throughout the nineties, rowing for the Ridley Grad Boat Club, and the St. Catharines and the Western Rowing Clubs.
No single, glorious sports memory stands out for him; instead, athletics has provided a solid, ever-present foundation upon which to build a better life. “I was never the best at any of the sports that I played,” he claims modestly. “But they all presented a challenging arena in which to compete and the opportunity to improve as an athlete and as a leader.”
“Harry Griffith’s quote, ‘If you lose, say nothing; if you win, say less,’ always stuck with me. Actions always speak louder than words.”