Like tennis, badminton had its start in the 1930s, however, not much is known about its intercollegiate history at Western. Recreational badminton teams have been popular since the 1930s and 1940s, with several photographs gracing the pages of various sport history scrapbooks. By the 1950s, the university had established badminton as an intercollegiate sport although they did not start to make an impression until the 1970s. Under coach Dutch Decker, Western’s badminton teams were able to capture several intercollegiate team titles from 1970-78.
The 1990s were also productive years for the Mustangs. Within this decade, they were able to win three Ontario University Athletic Association (OUAA) championships making them a definite force to be reckoned with. Today, badminton continues to be popular at Western. Most recently, the 2010-11 men's and women's teams worked together to capture the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship. This earned Western its fourth gold medal in the sport within the last five years.
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