Windsor Mayor and alumnus Drew Dilkens (BCO ’96, MBA ’97, JD ’11) had great things to say about UWindsor’s national championship Lancer Men’s Track and Field and Women’s Basketball teams during Monday evening’s City Council meeting. Here are Mayor Dilkens’ remarks:
“As I’m sure you’ve all noticed we have two great University of Windsor athletic teams in attendance tonight. Both teams claimed CIS national championship titles this year and both have done a tremendous job representing Windsor on the national stage. It is truly an honour to have them here tonight to express our pride in them, to congratulate them and to offer them a small token of our appreciation. Also with us tonight is the University of Windsor’s new provost Douglas Kneale, who is attending in place of President Alan Wildeman who was unable to be here.
Let’s start with the Lancers Men’s Track and Field Team. Here tonight we have Associate Coach Brett Lumley along with athletes Jesse Drennan, Corey Bellemore, Paul LaMarra, Arren Young and Milos Savic. I’ve been told that Head Coach Dennis Fairall wished to be here, but is currently out of the country.
- The Lancers Men’s Track and Field team added to the history of success the track and field program has enjoyed by winning a 20th CIS national championship this year.
- This championship is also the 8th Track and Field national championship won at home, representing the strong showings the program has enjoyed when competing in front of the Windsor crowd.
- The team clinched victory over the rival Guelph team, who led the competition at the end of day 2, when the 4x400m relay team captured gold in the final event of the competition.
- The team’s victory could not have been accomplished without outstanding performances from all of the team’s athletes. Notable performances among these include gold medals from Arren Young in the long jump and from the 4x800m relay team, silver medals from Alex Ullman in the 600m and Jesse Drennan in the pentathlon, and bronze medals from Allex Ullman in the 1000m, Milos Slavic in pole vault and Eli Pawliw in shot put.
- Windsor also took home two individual awards with Angelo Bortolin winning the CIS Rookie of the Year Award and Dennis Fairall winning the Coach of the Year Award.
On behalf of Council, I would like to present you all with this commemorative graphic and congratulate you on your outstanding success.