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Walton, Andrew '94 - Rugby

Andrew played First Soccer, First Football, captained the First Rugby team, while at Ridley, squeezing in the odd track event whenever he could. After graduation, he represented Loughborough University, Britain’s pre-eminent sporting institution, on both the soccer and rugby teams. He went on to play professionally with the Southport Football Club.

A firm believer in the transformative power of team sport, Andrew fondly recalls captaining a very inexperienced Ridley rugby team. “We had guys from all over the world, some of whom had never played rugby before, come together to outperform every expectation,” he remembers, adding, “There are few things in life that compare to seeing people evolve to their full potential … sport is a great theatre for this.”

Andrew also credits sport with building resilience, allowing us to triumph in the face of adversity. “The sadness, the fun, the pain, the injuries—these are part of a mosaic that help shape our character and offer wisdom that can be extended to other areas of life,” he points out. “In many ways, sport is life.”
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