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Setting a new standard for dynasties

When you talk sports dynasties, you think of the Chicago Bulls (six NBA titles in eight years), the New York Yankees (nine World Series titles in 16 years) or the UCLA Bruins (10 national championships in 12 years). But if you consider those dynasties, what do you call 33 consecutive Ontario University Athletics (OUA) men’s squash titles?

With their most recent title earlier this year, the Western Mustangs now hold the OUA record for most consecutive championships in any sport, beating the long-standing 32-year-old record previously held by the University of Toronto swim team.

Legendary Western coach Jack Fairs, (above,right), who at 92, made the trip to Niagara-onthe- Lake to cheer on the team he led for so many decades, said there is no single secret to the team’s success.

“Well, some of it is luck,” laughed Fairs, who needed only two years to lead the squash team to its first championship in 1963. “We had a lot of great players over the years and had some great battles. But we had some talented teams, there is no question about it. Talent is critical and anybody coaching will tell you just that.”

The 1970s belonged to Western as the team reeled off nine straight OUA titles. After a three-year title dry spell, the Mustangs took the championship in 1983-84 and no other team has won the Harald Martin Trophy since. Western has won 43 times in the trophy’s 65-year existence.

This article appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of Alumni Gazette
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