Men's Athletics

Gymnastics

An intercollegiate sport at Western for only twenty-four years, gymnastics began at Western as a club level sport in 1931 under coach Steward Thompson.

In 1968, Bob Vigars arrived at Western and began pushing for the creation of an intercollegiate team. With $5,000 from Bill L’Heureux, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education, Bob Vigars was able to transform gymnastics into an intercollegiate sport.  Western’s first gymnastics team proved its worth, placing fourth at its first Ontario Quebec Athletic Association meet in 1970. At the same meet, Mike McKay placed seventh in the all-round competition and second in the parallel bars.

1934 UWO Gymnastics Team

The 1934 gymnastics team. This photograph was taken only a few years after Western's gymnastics program began.

One of Western’s star gymnasts was Mike Inglis who won the Ontario University Athletic Association (OUAA) all-round competition in 1989 and 1992 and then was selected to represent Canada at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. In addition to competing, Inglis also served as a student coach at Western from 1990-93. 

Gymnastics’ short intercollegiate life ended after the 1993-94 season as gymnastics was simultaneously dropped by the OUAA and the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union due to lack of interest, lack of coaches, liabilities and finances.

For information on women's gymnastics at Western, click here.

UWO Men’s Gymnastics Team 1989-90

The 1989-90 gymnastics team. Only five years after this photo was taken gymnastics would be dropped from Ontario University Athletic Association competition.