George Cormack (Mechanical Engineering 1979) was sold on SCUBA on arrival at Ryerson in 1975 and from then until 2000, Ryerson and the Ryenauts had themselves a Builder! George immersed himself in the sport with certifications that include NAUI Instructor and Dive Master. He was also President of the Ryenauts SCUBA club for over 20 years. Under his presidency, hundreds became certified SCUBA divers and he organized advanced and specialty level diving courses. His organized dive trips throughout Ontario were legendary! As George states “ There is nothing like the incredible look that people have when they realize that they are breathing underwater”.
Andy Parnham, Leader
Andy Parnham (Applied Computer Science 1983) was one of 21 Conveners organizing an intramural sport in 1981. In 1982, he became the first ever Head Convener supervising over 26 men and women Sport Conveners with over 3,000 participants. Andy also played on many teams and won championships in nine different team sports. His intramural accomplishments, energy and organizing skills did not go unnoticed and he was awarded the Intramural Cup in 1981 and in 1982 won the D.H Craighead Award for Greatest Contribution to Athletics.
Kenneth E. Austin, Athlete
Hockey & Soccer 1957-1960
Ken Austin (Printing Management 1960) is the only male athlete in over 63 years to play on two championship teams in the same year at Ryerson. He was the goaltender for both the hockey Rams and the soccer Zebras for three years. In 1958-59, he helped the Zebras to an OQAA title before backstopping the hockey team to an undefeated season and an OIAA championship a few months later. At the end of that season, he was named Ryersonian Athlete of the Year for his prowess on the ice rink and the soccer pitch. Ken and his championship hockey team of 1958-59, were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
Natalie Dabit Phillips, Athlete
Natalie Dabit Phillips (Food and Nutrition 2002) was a central defender and a three-time captain with the women’s soccer team. She consistently motivated her team and worked tirelessly to build the program. Her drive and determination was exceptional, playing her last full season after breaking her toe in the first game. Natalie won the team MVP award three times, was awarded the G.L. Dobson Award for Female Greatest Contribution to Athletics and received the Gold “R” in 2001. She was a CIS Academic All-Canadian three times and was the recipient of the Brian Segal Award for Outstanding Contribution to cultural and/or athletic life.
OQAA Champions 1958-1959
In 1958, Ted Toogood coached the football Rams to their first OQAA championship with an 8-7 victory over Toronto. The Ryersonian wrote “it took seven seconds for the goal posts to come down. The uprights were felled, splintered and distributed among the frantic Ryerson supporters”. Ryerson finished the year with a record of five wins and one loss, while recording a number of firsts for the program. In addition to the first championship, the team recorded its first ever victories over established programs Queen’s and U of T. The Rams practiced at Riverdale Park and the Maple Leaf baseball field, while home games were at Varsity Stadium. The Rams traveled to practices and games in an open-air pick-up truck with all 30 players standing in the back wearing their football gear.