Men's Athletics

Nordic Skiing

Nordic skiing has a sporadic history at the university. Though Western’s ski club dates back to the 1930s, it wasn’t until the 1950s that a Western team competed in intercollegiate competition. 

Skiing took off in the 1980s with Richard Browne winning Western’s first ever Ontario Universities Athletic Association individual championship.  Lack of snow in London could at times be a hindrance to training, forcing teams to travel outside of the area to train.

UWO Nordic Skier 1988

An unidentified skier on the slopes, 1988. Courtesy of UWO Student Council.


With the retirement of long time coach Jerry Gonser in 1996, Western ended its nordic skiing program.


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

UWO 1990-1991 Nordic Ski Team

The 1990-91 team. Coach Gonser can be seen on the far right in the back row.