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Robert Gibbons, a native of Balcarres, enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan (B.S. A, 1979) in 1972.
He playe don the line for the Huskies football team from 1972 to 1976 and was named a conference all-star offensive lineman in the Western Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1974 and 1975.
In wrestling, Robert won the CIAU heavyweight championship in 1977. He represented Canada at the World Cup in both 1976 and 1977. In 1978, he was named the most outstanding wrestler at the Canadian championships after winning titles in both freestyle and Greco-Roman categories. Later that year, he won the gold medal in the super heavyweight class at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.
Robert was awarded the E. Kent Phillips Trophy in 1977 as male athlete of the year at the University of Saskatchewan.