Then and Now
The London Western Track and Field Club was established in 1970 by Bob Vigars. The original emphasis was on creating a training environment for his UWO athletes during the summer, and secondarily, to attract top high school athletes who would then compete for UWO. By 1975 the club was well established and since then, the club has consistently been a leading organization in the sport of track and field, not only in Ontario, but across the country. In the summer of 2016, we were awarded Top Overall Club in Ontario!
We are a not-for-profit organization and a full service track and field club, catering to all ages and abilities, including para-athletes, across all event disciplines within the sport.
In 2016, we followed up on a stellar 2015 year with some exceptional results. The club had 2 athletes at the Olympics and 1 athlete at the Paralympics. Damian Warner won a bronze medal in the Decathlon, while Lanni Marchant became the first Canadian woman to double in the 10000m and Marathon! Kevin Strybosch finished 9th in the F37 Discus at the Paralympics. We had a record 17 athletes be nominated for Athletics Ontario AOY awards. A true testament to the quality of our coaches and work ethic of our athletes.
As a club, we do not rely on the success of our past, but rather our success in the future. This philosophy is what keeps us growing and producing the results that we do.
We attract, train and develop athletes and coaches, who want to reach their full potential. By providing excellent coaching, strong leadership, a fun training environment and a committed volunteer base, we maintain a sustainable club for members to enjoy year in and year out.
We are striving to be the best track & field club in Ontario.
WHAT WE OFFER
Our club provides training year-round. Most of our athletes train a minimum of 3 days per week - Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (not including JD), while our elites are training up to 6 days per week. We are London's ONLY full-service track and field club, meaning we have a full coaching staff to cater to all event disciplines within the sport. During the fall, our training groups are spread out in various parks to meet the needs of each of those groups. In early November, we head indoors to train at Thompson Arena (yes, there is a track around the rink). After a brief break during the latter half of March, we head back outdoors to train at TD Stadium. Outdoor season ends at the beginning of August and this is where the majority of our club takes a break until September, and the cycle continues.
There are plenty of competitve opportunities available both indoors and outdoors - locally, regionally and nationally.
Volunteers are a major importance when it comes to running track and field meets. London Western hosts or co-hosts 8 meets throughout the year. Some of these meets require only a handful of volunteers, while 1 in particular in April requires upwards of 100. Without your support at these meets, they would not be as successful as they are. It is expected that you volunteer at a minimum of 2 meets.