Clearly an accomplished athlete, much of the media coverage emphasized her femininity rather than her athletic feats. Her light brown hair golden now that she bleaches it falls page-boy style on her shoulders. She weighs a trim, girlish lbs … She looks, in fact, like a doll which is to be looked at but not touched.
Based on the media coverage at the time, the idealized female athlete of the s was therefore graceful and feminine; she was also preferably white. In this period, there was little room for female athletes of Aboriginal descent. However, Aboriginal women continued to play softball, such as Ruth Van Every later Ruth Hill who played for the Ohsweken Mohawks in the s, and Toronto Carpetland — the Canadian champions — in Bomberry was named top batter in and all-star catcher in and ; both years her team won the national championship.
However, despite the success of some Aboriginal women in softball and fastball, they were largely absent from other sports at the time.
Overall, the s, s and s were years of enormous success for Canadian women in sports. Women increasingly fought restrictions in all areas of life, including sports. Plaintiffs brought sex-discrimination cases to court, arguing that girls should be allowed to play in games, and on teams, that were traditionally reserved for boys. Although there was little support for amateur athletes at this time, many Canadian women excelled at sports in this period. High-jumper Debbie Brill , the first North American woman to clear the six-foot barrier, dominated the sport in the s.
At the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canadian women won gold in such sports as the pentathlon Diane Jones Konihowski and the discus Carmen Ionescu , as well as in swimming and gymnastics. While sportswriters praised these mostly young athletes, some have noted that the tone of their reports could be patronizing and paternalistic. Take, for example, the case of teen tennis star Carling Bassett. Bassett was one of the most successful female tennis players in Canadian history, and was ranked as high as No. As the result of pressure to look perfect, Bassett became bulimic in her mid-teens.
Canadian women continued to excel in the s. Colette Bourgonje, a Paralympic athlete, competed in her first Winter Games in in cross-country sit-ski. Also a wheelchair racer, she would go on to compete in eight Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.
Rower Silken Laumann , who won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games with her sister Daniele in the double sculls, overcame a devastating leg injury to win Olympic bronze in the single sculls at the Olympic Summer Games Laumann was also awarded the Bobbie Rosenfeld Trophy in and At the Olympic Summer Games , she won silver in the single sculls.
Her teammates, rowers Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle, won two gold medals at the Olympics, and a gold and bronze medal in the Olympics, becoming the first Canadians to win three Olympic gold medals.
Two years later, track star Charmaine Crooks who competed in five Olympic Games became the first Canadian woman of colour to sit on the International Olympic Committee. Alison Sydor, winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, won a silver medal in mountain biking at the Olympics, and won three world championships in the sport —6. The sporting world of the 21st century looks very different to that of the Victorian period, or even the s.
Across the country, women are participating in high numbers in sports, including those traditionally seen as masculine or inappropriate for women. Young girls and women play rugby, soccer, and softball; like Carol Huynh and Tonya Verbeek, they wrestle, and some like Mary Spencer box competitively. Moreover, some female athletes have gained both female and male fans across the country. The Olympic feats of female athletes such as freestyle mogul skier Jennifer Heil , and bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, were celebrated across the entire country.
The best-known women athletes are those who win Olympic medals or world championships, and who therefore contribute to the national image. Despite the success of women in all types of sport, female athletes are still judged to some degree on their physical attractiveness. The league cancelled the season in Canada due to concerns that the players from all four Canadian teams were not sufficiently prepared to play football.
Another challenge facing female and male athletes is that of homophobia, which continues to persist in the world of sports. Few gay athletes have felt comfortable revealing their sexuality while in active competition. Janice Forsyth and Audrey R. Giles, eds. Karen L. Scroll the right side menu for more media clips. The Girl and the Game: A History of Women's Sport in Canada Browse or search for information about Canadian women who competed in national and international sports events from the early days to modern times. From Google Books. From the Canadian Olympic Committee.
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Sort order. New York, N. Y: St. Martin's Press. There are images with labels to reach visual learners and there is text for those that would rather read and imagine the sport. The book contains different versions of games, rules, purpose, materials needed, etc. Review: This review is a pdf format. Please use the information provided to read this review. Citation of Review: Minudri, R.
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School Library Journal, 21 8 , Feb 06, John rated it really liked it Shelves: childrens-or-read-as-a-kid , sporty-type-things , multiple-re-reads. I read this large paperback book so many times as a child. Furthermore, I was astounded that, not only did these sports exist, but people actually played them and that they had governing bodies.
You must remeber that this was when UK TV barely had 3 channels that did not start till mid-morning and was finished before midnight; sport - apart from World of Sport, Grandstand and Sportsnight - didn't I read this large paperback book so many times as a child. You must remeber that this was when UK TV barely had 3 channels that did not start till mid-morning and was finished before midnight; sport - apart from World of Sport, Grandstand and Sportsnight - didn't feature much on TV. So to be exposed to hundreds of sports at a youg age allowed my imagination to run wild.
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