Women's Athletics


Interest in women’s squash at Western began in the late 1950s, with women participating in instructional, recreational and competitive intramural squash play. According to the 1956 Occidentalia yearbook, after several years of interest, "the girls have been receiving coaching from the boys and it is hoped that it won't be long before we will be able to have intramural squash and possibly even intercollegiate competition."

Women's Squash Team 2000-01- OUA Gold Team

Ontario intercollegiate champions, 2000-01.

Despite this hopeful look to the future, it wasn’t until 1981-82 that women’s squash was officially introduced at Western under the coaching of Fiona Goodchild, later succeeded by Sue Smeaton and Ingrid Melhor.From 1985-89, the consistent coaching of Sandra Penney brough stability to the program by the consistent coaching of Sandra Penney; this paid off in the form of intercollegiate championship wins in 1984-85, 1985-86, 1987-88 and 1988-89.The women’s team had eight different coaches throughout the next decade, and by the end of 2002 had added four more intercollegiate championships to its belt, winning in 1991-92 and 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2001-02.

For a history of men's squash, click here.

Women's Squash 2001-2002

2001-02 team posed with the Ontario University Athletic banner and trophies.