The Rowing Wall of Excellence is located in the Thames Hall basement. Currently there are nine inductees, all of whom have made a tremendous impact not just at Western but also often on both the national and international stage. To see available inductee videos, click on names or pictures, or click here to visit the rowing team’s website.

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RickFearnA Mustang oarsman. A leader, builder, and athlete. Directed the transformation of Western Rowing, laying the groundwork for the success and reputation that it maintains to this day.
PhilFitzJames1Phil ‘Doc’Fitz-JamesThe founding father of Mustang rowing. A lifetime commitment to the creation and success of Western and Ontario university rowing.
PeterKingA Mustang oarsman. A builder, administrator, and athlete. A driving force behind Western’s 1968 Olympic Trials crew and a leader towards the acquisition of the team’s first competitive racing shells.
MarnieMcBeanA Mustang oarswoman. A leader, coach, and role model for women in sport. A three time Olympic gold medalist. World Champion, and FWP Jones Award winner. A Canadian Sports Hall of Fame member and Officer of the Order of Canada.
philmonckton1PhilMoncktonA Mustang oarsman. An Olympic and Pan American Games medallist. A builder of rowing in Canada. “There are no foes in rowing. There is only the resistance of the water against the strength of one’s will.”
AlMorrowA Mustang oarsman and coach. A pillar within the Western Rowing community, building and leading the women’s program to several Provincial and National titles. An Olympic Team member as both an athlete and coach. A mentor, educator and builder of the fabric of Canadian rowing.
MikeMurphy2MikeMurphyA Mustang oarsman and builder. President of Rowing Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. A provincial and national university champion. For distinguished service to local, provincial, national, and international rowing.
JerryPatchell1JerryPatchellA Mustang oarsman and coach/builder of the Western women’s program. Jerry Patchell was a provincial and national university champion, and coached crews to eleven Ontario university, six Dad Vail, and two Head of the Charles women’s championships.
LeslieThomsonWillie1LeslieThompson-WillieA Mustang coxswain. Seven-time Olympian, five-time Olympic medallist, and two-time World Champion. A provincial and national university champion.