Mustangs Roundup: Western athletes successful abroad

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

While you were busy either sweating it out in the factory or on the beach this summer, many of Western’s athletes remained busy in competition both locally and abroad.

Summer Universiade
A number of Mustangs were present in Bangkok, Thailand in August representing Canada in the 2007 Summer Universiade.

Former Western female athlete of the year Jennifer Lam teamed up with the Université de Montréal’s Audrey Bonneville in the women’s doubles badminton competition. The duo was able to advance to the round of 16 before being eliminated by host country Thailand.

Goalkeeper Haidar Al-Shaibani, defender Adam Legg and forward Jason De Thomasis were part of a surprise Canadian soccer squad that defeated the likes of Great Britain and the Czech Republic before falling to the host Thailand in penalty kicks in the bronze medal game. Western head coach Rock Basacco served as an assistant coach for the Canadian team.

Women’s Wrestling
Former Western team captain Jessica Fitzgerald captured the top spot in the women’s 72 kg weight class at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships, hosted at Thames Hall and Alumni Hall in June. Fitzgerald captured the top spot by defeating India’s Minakshi Devil by decision.

Former Western star and Canadian Interuniversity Sport champion Terri McNutt also took part in the event, finishing second to Calgary’s Andrea Ross in the 55 kg weight class.

Facing tough competition from across the country, both the men’s and women’s teams travelled to Fredericton, New Brunswick in June to take part in the Canadian University and College Golf Championship.

The women’s team had a successful tournament, finishing third overall, with golfer Sue Gleeson finishing eighth. Charles Fitzsimmons was the only Mustang male to make the cut, finishing 11th.

The women’s team also announced a new head coach, with Karen Danylchuk taking over the program. Danylchuk, a kinesiology professor at Western, has been at Western since 1986.

Mustangs Randy McAuley and Nick Kordic gave it their best shot at the next level this summer, with McAuley trying out for the Toronto Argonauts and Kordic trying out for the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

While both players had successful camps, McAuley was cut after sustaining an injury, and Kordic made it to the TiCats’ development roster before being released.

Track and Field
Representing their respective track and field clubs, three Mustangs medaled at the Senior National Track and Field Championships in Windsor in July.

Andrea White came away with a silver medal in the 400 metre hurdles, while teammate Jen Cotten won bronze in the 100 metre hurdles. Rounding out the trio, Andrew Judge earned a bronze medal in the triple jump.

The future for the Mustangs track and field team is bright, as four Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations medalists are attending Western this fall

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