Volume 92, Issue 18

Friday, October 2, 1998

homing in


Western's Homecoming heroes

Women's Athletic Alumni Award - Mary Lou (Whitwill) Monteith BA '64

After representing Canada in the Pan-American games at the early age of 15, Monteith became one of the greatest swimmers in Western history. Captaining the team for four years and winning several Ontario-Quebec championships, she was still able to remain on the dean's list.

Monteith also played for two championship volleyball teams, several other Western teams and was also the Sports editor at The Gazette. After graduating, Mary Lou went on to have a very successful coaching career at the University of New Brunswick. As a coach she was also at one time ranked second in the world at pro marathon swimming.

She is currently the president of Master's Swim Canada.

W Club Hall of Fame - Coulter Osborne BA '55

Osborne was a driving force for the Mustang basketball program in the mid-1950s in which he played on three championship teams.

During his years with Western, Osborne won three first colours, a bronze W and a Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union crest. After his days at Western were over, Osborne continued to stay involved in the game playing for the Ontario Senior team in 1956, which won the championship, as well as being a member of the '56 Olympic team.

Osborne also played football and track while at Western and is currently a judge with the Ontario Court of Appeal.

W Club Hall of Fame - Al Morrow BA '72

Western rowing has also given Al Morrow a ticket into the Western Club Hall of Fame.

As a member of the rowing team from 1969 to 1972, Morrow was part of a club which won three Ontario University Athletics Association championships. After graduation, Morrow went on to win a bronze medal at the 1975 Pan-American games before becoming a coach at Western.

Since becoming coach of the Western women, the team has won six Ontario championships. He has also coached four Olympic champions and four world champions.

Morrow's rowers have won 12 medals out of 15 crews since 1991 and he was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1993.

W Club Hall of Fame - Art Froese BA '67

Froese played a huge role in the Mustang football gridiron attack in the mid-'60s.

In 1965 he won the senior intercollegiate scoring title with 61 points and was the league's leading rusher with 445 yards. Froese's most memorable season game came in 1965 against Queen's when he racked up 198 yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns.

After finishing his career at Western, Froese played two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, competing in the 1968 Grey Cup game.

Froese currently runs a consulting firm in Calgary.

W Club Hall of Fame - Dave McCann HBA '82, MA '84, MBA '86

As his multiple degrees show, McCann is no stranger to working hard.

As a member of the Mustang football team McCann was always playing hard and hurt, according to Mustang coach Larry Haylor, who considers McCann to be one of the toughest and most fearless football players he has ever coached.

In a playoff game against Guelph in 1982, after McCann had caught two TDs, he was knocked unconscious but was able to return to the field late in the game to collect the game-winning reception. McCann collected four first colours over five years, a purple blanket and the Claude Brown Trophy in 1983.

McCann is currently a banker in Connecticut.

Community Award - Bill Salter '58

After Salter retired from his a career as a school teacher, his involvement with charity groups and volunteer organizations increased steadily.

For 10 years, Salter has been involved in track and field as well as acting as an organizer, official and fundraiser. Salter has been the race director for the Western International Invitational since 1986. He has also served as the race director for the CIAU Cross Country Championships.

His involvement also flows into many senior sporting endeavours. He is the chair of the Ontario Senior Games Association and Commissioner for Huff 'N Puff Hockey, a league for those aged 55-78.

To Contact The Sports Department: gazette.sports@julian.uwo.ca

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