Rowing was officially recognized as a Western intercollegiate sport in 1957 after many years of petitioning by future coach Phil “Doc” Fitz-James. It didn’t take long for Western’s rowing team to excel, with the senior team winning all eight of their competitions in 1962. The sport continued to grow under the guidance of coach Fitz-James who continually petitioned for improved facilities. In 1968, Western rowers again captured the Ontario-Quebec Athletic Association championships.
Interest in the sport remained strong and by the mid-1980s team tryouts were attracting unprecedented numbers of interested students. The 1980s also saw Western’s rowing teams excel in both national and international competition. Rowers from Western represented Canada at the world championships in 1987 and won the Ontario Universities Athletic Association (OUAA) championship in 1988.
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