Not a typical university sport, fencing began at Western in 1930 with Claud Turner as coach. During the 1930s and 1940s, fencing was grouped with wrestling and boxing as an “assault-at-arms” sport. In the 1938-39 season Western won its first intercollegiate championship, a success they repeated in the 1945-46 season.
The 1970s, 1980s and 1990s were successful decades for Western fencers. The Mustangs began the 1970s with an intercollegiate championship and went on to win league titles in the 1977-78, 1988-89, 1992-93 and the 1993-94 seasons. Demonstrating the strength of the Western team, three players have won individual league championships: Rob Nichol in 1971-72, Tony Remy in 1978-79 and Robin Elliots in 1985-86. Western fencers continue to perform at a competitive level in the twenty-first century.In 2006 and 2007, the men's team claimed silver in the Ontario University Athletics overall team championship.
An important component of the team remains the friendships and connections with old teammates. In 2003, an annual Alumni Challenge Homecoming Tournament was initiated to encourage interaction between alumni and current fencers.
For information on women's fencing, click here.