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Dec2016

Artefact: Ice Skates
Accession #: 2016.29.01 A & B
Year: 1900s

Ice skates have been around for thousands of years. Today, when we think of ice skates, we think of hockey skates, figure skates, or speed skates.

These Dutch ice skates are from the early 1900s. The design of these skates is pretty simple. They strap onto the bottom of your shoes with the leather straps.

Originally, ice skates were designed to glide on top of ice rather than cut into it. Sharpening the blade of ice skates and adding edges to the blade made it so that the skate could cut into the ice. These types of ice skates were invented by the Dutch during the 13th and 14th century and have been the dominant design ever since.


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Nov2016web

Artefact: 100 Grey Cup Helmet
Accession #: 2016.19.01
Year: 2012

The 100th Grey Cup took place between the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts at the Rogers Center in Toronto. The Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup that year in 2012. This year, the 104th Grey Cup is in Toronto again but at a different venue, BMO Field. BMO Field is built where Exhibition Stadium used to be. This is not the first Grey Cup to be hosted on this site. 12 previous CFL Championships have taken place at Exhibition Stadium; the last being the 70th Grey Cup in 1982. This means that this is first Grey Cup to be held at the site in 34 years and the 13th Grey Cup to be hosted at the site. 


Make sure you check out the Artefact of the Month Video Clips: Sports and Stuff with Dan, hosted by Keiran Swayn & Daniel Becker.

 

Oct2016web

Artefact: Fencing Mask
Accession #:  2001.08.08
Year: 1940s

This spooky looking leather fencing mask is from the 1940s. Modern Fencing masks have a similar design but are made of more modern materials. Fencing made the transition to a sport from a military training exercise during the mid-18th century. The first competitive fencing competition took place in 1880. The amateur gymnastic and fencing association created the official set of fencing regulations in 1896. Fencing has taken place during every Olympic Games since the first ones in 1896. 


Make sure you check out the Artefact of the Month Video Clips: Sports and Stuff with Dan, hosted by Keiran Swayn & Daniel Becker.

 

Sep2016

Artefact: Goalball
Accession #:  2012.04.01
Colour: Orange

This Goalball is used in the sport called Goalball. Goalball is specifically devised for blind or visually impaired athletes. The ball has bells in it so that the athletes know where the ball is.

Goalball was originally devised in 1946 as a means of assisting in the rehabilitation of visually impaired World War II veterans. Now the sport is part of the Paralympics. The sport became competitive during the 1950s and was introduced as a demonstration sport at the 1976 Paralympics games in Toronto. The first world championships took place in Austria in 1978. When Goalball was introduced into the Paralympics in 1980 it became the first Paralympic sport designed exclusively for disabled players.

The 2016 summer Paralympics start on September 7th and continues until September 18th. 


Make sure you check out the Artefact of the Month Video Clips: Sports and Stuff with Dan, hosted by Keiran Swayn & Daniel Becker.

 

August-2016

Artefact: Discus
Accession #:  2000.06.25
Material: Rubber
Period: 1940s

Discus is one the several throwing events that take place during the Olympic Games.

Discus was originally part of the Ancient Greek Pentathlon. The event was rediscovered during the 1870s in Germany and has been part of the modern Olympic Games ever since the first Olympiad in 1896.

This discus, in particular, was used in the 1948 London Summer Olympic Games.

A Canadian has never reached the podium in Olympic discus, but hopefully, that will change this year during the Rio Olympic Games that takes place from August 5th until August 21st.
Cheer on Team Canada & all of the athletes competing at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

 


Make sure you check out the Artefact of the Month Video Clips: Sports and Stuff with Dan, hosted by Keiran Swayn & Daniel Becker.

 

July2016

Artefact: Road Skis
Accession #:  91.30.02 a & b

Roller skiing is the off snow equivalent to cross country-skiing. The techniques used are very similar to cross-country skiing on snow. First created as a summer excersie, roller skiing has grown into a competitive sport.

These particular road skis were made in Czechoslovakia. Roller skiing is the off snow equivalent of cross-country skiing. There are two styles of roller skiing, classic and skate. The skate style is very similar to inline skating, meaning that both wheels are free rolling. The classic style of roller skate has wide wheels for balance and a rachet-like mechanism in one of the wheels. The mechanism allows for uni-directional travel that simulates grip much like what grip wax provides on snow. Roller skiing started out as a summer exercise but has grown into its own competitive sport. The International Ski Federation recognized roller skiing as a distinct sport in 1992. The first official roller skiing world championships took place in 1998.

Interesting fact: the world record for the greatest number of roller skiers in one place was established at Gatineau Park, Chelsea Quebec, Canada on October 2nd, 2010.