Volume 93, Issue 101

Friday, April 7, 2000


The Chairman of the board

Misty water coloured sporting memories

The good ole Mustang game

Still dreaming the impossible dream

Misty water coloured sporting memories

So many times in life people say, "This has been one of the best experiences in my life." But honestly, working in The Gazette's sports section this year has been one of the best experiences of my life.

The experience would not have been as good without the help of my co-editors Sean "Man of La Mancha" Maraj and Wes "The Kid" Brown. I could never have asked for better guys to spend the days with, trying to get the section completed and out to the students. They both have amazing talents and I will miss them next year when we go our separate ways.

The biggest contributing factors to my experiences here were the coaches and athletes. Without the openness and candour of the Western sports teams, my articles would never have seen the light of day and the section would have suffered.

Through the year, I was able to share in the joy of victory and agony of defeat with many teams. The football team may have lost in the first round of the playoffs, but they battled adversity all season to finish at the top of the Ontario University Athletics conference. With rookies at the receiver positions and an injured runningback, the team showed not only why they are one of the best teams in the OUA year after year, but also showed glimpses of things to come as the rookies matured and stepped up on many occasions.

Cross country head coach Bob Vigars displayed why he had been such a valuable asset to Western athletics. His team came close to winning the OUA finals and he took home a Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union champion. Volleyball head coach Joffre Ribout and his team displayed why Western will be a force to contend with in the next few years.

The Western badminton team won OUA gold and the swim team produced two OUA medal winners. If they ever get a new pool, there could be a national champion for the aquatic Mustangs in the near future. Matt Wood, take one step forward.

This year also gave me a chance to travel to Saskatoon and cover the hockey finals and I have to say this was an amazing time for me. The fans, the teams and the organizers made the experience extremely worthwhile.

My sincere thanks extends from the entire sports section to all of Western's teams and coaches. In the end, this section would be nothing without their help. Western should be proud of the quality of athletes and coaches which grace its hallowed halls.

My time at The Gazette is up, but a young rookie is prepared to follow in my footsteps. Next year you can look forward to Joel Brown taking my place.

My parting words of wisdom to the dozens and dozens of Gazette sports fans is this – get off the sidelines and get in the game.

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