Volume 96, Issue 84
Tuesday, March 11, 2003

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Re: "Western teams caught slacking over break," Mar. 5

To the Editor:

A great deal was written in The Gazette regarding the disappointing performances from the men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the volleyball teams and the men's hockey team. I think all of these teams had great seasons, and we can expect great things from them in the future.

Nearing the end of Jordan Bell's coverage, you can find a small referral to the 10th page to read about "the rest." It's here that you will find a tiny blurb addressing the impressive performances put on by the figure skating team and the women's track and field team, both Ontario University Athletics champions. Why such a small section? Why are these teams, who performed so well, not on the front page of the sports section?

As a member of the varsity women's rowing team, I'm no stranger to being ignored by the sports staff. Despite our team's excellent results this fall, we barely received a quarter of a page in The Gazette. All athletes deserve as much coverage, whether successful or not. We work hard and deserve some recognition from the Western community. Despite their outstanding results, figure skating and the women's track and field team were barely visible in The Gazette. Maybe it's time to consider giving the "unpopular" sports some credit, considering we tend to bring home an OUA championship or two.

I would hate to see what kind of coverage our "behind-the-scenes" teams would get if we didn't dominate at OUA's every year.

Lindsay Forget
UWO Women's Varsity Rowing
Kinesiology II

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