For more than a century, Ridley’s Homecoming was referred to as 'Old Boys’ Weekend,' so it seems appropriate to recognize one of the founding members of the Old Boys’ Association, treasurer, W.R. Wadsworth, Class of 1893. There isn’t much history recorded about his sporting exploits while a student, though he is said to have enjoyed ice hockey—as well as sneaking out of his boarding house for nocturnal muskrat trapping.
In Kim Beattie’s book, Ridley: The Story of a School, there is also a reference to “his wonderful hand with a canoe paddle.” In fact, Mr. Wadsworth would go on to accomplish great feats on the water. After graduating from Ridley, he joined the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club, and in 1904 was selected to represent Canada at the Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri. His crew of eight earned a silver medal, making him Ridley’s very first Olympian.