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4 College Senior

Athletics: Well I always knew that Western was known for their football team, which is very good. I have been a participant in intramural sports throughout my university experienced and always had a blast.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Sports are important here, but are never put before academics

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Western's varsity teams consistently finish among the best in the country

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5 College Senior

Athletics: At The University of Western Ontario, there are many ways to be involved in sports teams regardless of your skill level. I mean, you can get into an intermural team or a club and you will not need much experience, but if you want to get into a Varsity team you will need to know your sport!
People at the university have excellent team spirit. Even on an every day scenario you can see people sporting their UWO shirts, sweaters, backpacks, and water bottles. We sure are purple proud!
It is sometimes hard for most students to get involved because of school work, but it is definitely doable.
The athletic facilities are excellent. If you need proof, you just have to walk over to the rec center and take a look at the pool, which I understand is about 50cm short of being under olympic standards. Any sport you're interested in you can practice at school. From karate to fencing and soccer, the facilities and the teams are there for you to join.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Our record speaks for itself. Tons of varsity sports and tons of intramurals. A huge number of athletic clubs and great facilities.


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With a feeling similar to a state school, Western has tons of school spirit that predominantly centers around sports. Varsity athletes are well respected, and sports hold a lot of importance to the students. Although attendance can occasionally be low at certain points of the year, student attendance is high at opening, Homecoming, and final games. The most popular sport to watch is undoubtedly football, but followings are gradually growing for volleyball, hockey, and baseball, as the teams demonstrate more success over the seasons.

Western recently renovated its athletic centre, and it's incredible. The facility has an Olympic-sized pool, lots of equipment, and copious cardio machines. Although it gets busy, the athletic centre's large size often has a high turnover rate in terms of equipment. Intramural sports are also a large aspect of student life. No matter the sport, team representatives must line up at 7:30 a.m. on registration day to get a competing spot. If you don't have a team, you can advertise yourself as a floater on the school Web site, to be sure that someone will contact you to be on their team.

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School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • Dragon boat
  • Fencing
  • Hapkido
  • Karate
  • Kayak
  • Kendo
  • Seikido
  • Skiing
  • Squash
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Tae kwon do
  • Triathlon
  • Badminton
  • Ball hockey
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (beach, indoor)
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Hall
  • Brescia University College Field
  • TD Waterhouse Stadium
  • Thames Hall
  • Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre
Most Popular Sports
Football, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Hockey, basketball, swimming
Getting Tickets
Buying tickets for UWO varsity sports is very easy. Tickets can be bought online through the Western Mustangs' Web site, but more often than not, sports games are free. It all depends on how important the game is!

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 65% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 25% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 35% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 30% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 21 responses

  • 38% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 57% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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