Volume 96, Issue 1

Thursday, May 23, 2002
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Formal complaint 'withdrawn'

Now I'm a be-leafer

Varsity reaction

The secret to success of Ontario's finest coaches

Track coaching queen

Varsity reaction

Reaction from Western's varsity coaches to the new athletic model were varied:

"They have basically asked me to coach a team with no budget and support. Over the next two to three weeks I need to work on a plan to deal with the new model."
–Swimming coach Glen Belfry on coaching the men's swimming team (category three).

"I take offense to having split my teams. In the attempts of gender equity, the programs were made gender inequitable. I will make all attempts to treat my athletes equal."
–Track and field coach Vickie Croley on the possible problems of coaching her teams with the women placed in category one and the men in category two.

"Surprised is an understatement. I can't yet understand how they came to their decision. Someone needs to provide tangible evidence why we're a category two sport."
"From a high performance perspective, it's devastating. I have already experienced the negative consequences – all five of my recruits are reconsidering coming to Western."
–Men's volleyball coach Dave Preston's reaction to his squad being placed in category two.

"The bigger, broader problem is athletics in Canada, not just athletics at Western. Something had to be done – the student body is questioning where their fees are going. Western has always maintained a high performance and I really hope things continue that way."
–Wrestling coach Ray Takahashi

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