Browse Exhibits (7 total)



From the 1903 beginnings of the medical school team to the 1991 national championships, Western basketball has had five all-Canadians, twelve Olympians, and one inductee into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame. No easy walk on the court, the remarkable ups and disappointing downs are well documented at the JP Metras Sports Museum and in the Western Archives. Through various images and ephemera, this exhibit explores the games, players, and coaches that established men's rich basketball tradition at the university. To learn about women's basketball, click here.


The sport of cheerleading at Western has come a long way to produce the competitively successful squad that it is today. From the small group of men that entertained at football games to the co-ed, championship winning teams of the last decades, this exhibit traces the history of the squad as it fought for its place in Western athletics.


For over a century football has been one of the most popular and exciting sports at Western. This exhibit chronicles the development of the football program at Western, from its humble origins in 1908 through the glory days of the 1950s to Western's status as a football powerhouse at the end of the twentieth century.

Men's Athletics

Western’s athletic history covers a wide range of sports spanning well over 100 years. Historically, much attention has been devoted to the Mustang football and basketball teams, as is reflected in the general scope of the collections at the JP Metras Sports Museum and Western Archives. However, Western’s rich sports history encompasses more than just football and basketball. In fact, the earliest sport at the university was track and field, which dates back to the late nineteenth century, and the cross country team boasts the most intercollegiate championships at Western. This exhibit explores seventeen sports which add to Western’s rich sports tradition.


Since the early 1900s, well over 100 Western students and alumni have participated in both Summer and Winter Olympic Games.  In particular, Western has produced many Olympic athletes in track and field and rowing, although the achievements of other athletes should not be overshadowed. This exhibit is a closer look at the international achievements of some of Western's greatest athletes. 

Women's Athletics

From the earliest “play days” to intercollegiate championships, women's athletics at Western has a history that is over 100 years in the making. This exhibit examines the history of over twenty sports at Western. Read about the perseverance and dedication of several generations of athletes, coaches and administrators who built these competitive sports programs from the ground up. 


From its humble beginnings as a workingman's sport, to the introduction of varsity wrestling, to Olympic glory, wrestling has made a lasting impression in Canadian sports history. Wrestling began at Western in the 1930s and continues to thrive today. This exhibit explores the history of wrestling in Canada, at Western, and biographies of some of Western's top athletes and coaches.