Women's Athletics

Curling

Women’s curling does not have as long a history at Western as other winter sports, but it still has been around for a number of decades. Curling grew in the mid 1950s as an interfaculty sport. The club really expanded in the 1960s, and it asked to be officially called The University of Western Ontario Curling Club. There were women involved to some extent in this club in the 1960s.

Women's Curling, 1963

Women's curling was an invitation sport in the 1960s. Pictured is the 1963 team.  Courtesy of UWO Student Council.

Women were also involved in curling in the 1960s as an invitational sport. They quickly became successful, taking second place in 1964-65 and 1965-66. They then won the Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Union title in 1967-68 and tied for it the following year. They competed as far away as Regina, in the Second Century Week Olympiade, where they placed second.

Julie McMullin

Julie McMullin in the mid to late 1980s.

They were coached by Lloyd Guest in the 1970s, and later by Jim Waite. Under Waite, the team went on to championships in 1984-85, 1987-88, and 1988-89. In 1987, they also won the Sun Life Junior Ladies tournament and won a trip to Switzerland. At the end of the 1980s, they were the team others saw as top competition. Waite thought the team was so good that he found it hard to choose who would play. The women continued to be seen as a strong team in the 1990s as well.

Read about men's curling here.

Women's Curling Team, 1989

The women's curling team was successful in the 1980s and 1990s. Pictured is the 1989 team. Courtesy of UWO Student Council.