Volume 93, Issue 82

Tuesday, March 7, 2000


VP candidates announced

American mag features Western's Fairs

Homework needed on exchanges

Wallin makes Western's list of honourables

U of T cancer research spreads

Library does its research

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American mag features Western's Fairs

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

Sports Illustrated will introduce Western's squash coach to the world, in this week's issue of the magazine.

"It was a big surprise," said Jack Fairs, head coach of the team. "It is definitely an honour."

In the issue which hits newsstands today, Fairs is featured in SI's "Faces in the Crowd" section. Each week, the feature focuses on six distinguished persons in sport.

Fairs said he first heard he would appear in the magazine while at the National Collegiate Athletic Association squash championships at Yale University a week ago. He added SI representatives came to his house last Tuesday to take his picture.

"His stats were very impressive," said Elizabeth Newman, the reporter who wrote the story. "The editors and I thought he would be a great choice. It's tremendous that he's 78 years old, has been coaching for 58 years at the school."

Newman said SI also chose to feature Fairs in the issue because squash is not a common sport. "We usually tend to focus on the major [sports] like basketball, hockey, tennis and swimming," she said. "Also, Western is not really a well recognized school in the [United] States, so we thought it would be nice to include it."

According to Newman, this is only the second time a Canadian has been included in the feature. The article focused on some of Fairs' lifetime achievements.

This year, Fairs coached his team to their 17th straight Ontario University Athletics squash championships, their 27th overall. He also maintained a winning percentage of 72 per cent. The team finished fifth at the NCAA championships. Fairs has coached basketball, baseball, football, tennis and squash during his more than 50 years at Western.

Darwin Semotiuk, IA chair, said he was surprised by the news of Fairs' inclusion in the magazine. "This is a terrific thing for a remarkable person," he said. "Coach Fairs is definitely a unique face in the crowd. He's always been on the defining, leading edge of sports."

Jamie Nickels, captain of the men's squash team, said he was told during the championships last week that Fairs would be included. "I was thrilled for Jack. His coaching record is unparalleled."

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