Year of Birth: 1944
Year of Induction: 2017
Bob Vigars has been an incredible builder of the sport of track and field at several levels. He started the Western International Invitational Cross-Country meet in 1977 on a course that ran behind Brescia College.
In 1986 Bob designed a Cross-Country Course on Thames Valley Golf Course. That course has been used for 27 years and has hosted the Western International Meet 27 times, the Ontario University championship meet once and the Canadian University championship meet 6 times. “The Valley” course is regarded as the best university cross country course in the country.
Within Track and Field, Cross Country and Gymnastics, Bob has directed an astonishing 350 events and is the longest serving head coach among all coaches in Western Mustang history. He also holds the record among all coaches in all sports in Western Mustang history for the most championships won with a total of 43.
He was the Founder of the London-Western Track and Field Club, the Don Wright Team Challenge, the Season’s Opener and the Western Open. He is the author of both the inaugural OUA and CIA T&F Championships Playing Regs as well as the Founder of both the CIS Cross Country Coaches Association and CIS Track and Field Coaches Association. He has written and published a book, by the name of “Track & Field Curriculum for Physical Education.”
He was named the Head Coach of Team Canada for the 2010 FISU World University Championships in Cross Country, leading Canada to its best results in World University Cross Country history.
All of these outstanding contributions have led to his induction into the Western Cross Country/Track and Field Hall of Fame, Western’s All Sports Hall of Fame, and the London Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations Bob, on adding the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame to that list.