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Artefact: Lacrosse Stick
Accession #: 2001.42.13
Year: 1935

This Lacrosse stick is from 1935, the handle is made from wood and the netting is made from leather. The game of lacrosse is one of the oldest games in Canada. Originally, it was a field game or ritual played by Indigenous groups; lacrosse is similar to the game Algonquian language groups refer to as Baggataway. It became popular among settlers in the 1850s. Lacrosse was confirmed has Canada’s official summer sport in 1994.



Artefact: Golf Cleats
Accession #: 95.18.01a
Year: 1948

Cleats have been worn in a variety of sports since the 1500s. One of the earliest references to spiked shoes being used for golf was in an 1857 copy of The Golfer’s Manual. In 1891, cleats with a separate screw-in spikes were introduced; these provided golfers with better footing but they damaged the greens and clubhouse floors. In the 1980s, show manufactures began to focus on the athletic side of footwear and were making shoes that were more flexible. It was not until the 1990s that shoe manufactures introduced a golf shoe that had nonmetal cleats which were more comfortable and less damaging to the greens.



Artefact: Field Hockey Stick
Accession #: 99.15.01
Year: 1988

This field hockey stick was used at the 1988 Seoul Korea Olympics.

Field hockey sticks can be made out of a variety of materials, but are traditionally made out of a hardwood, such as ash. Composite materials like fibreglass, graphite, and Kevlar can be used as well. The toe of the stick has a rounded curve on the right side and the left side is flat. The length varies depending on the player’s height and the weight may vary anywhere from 18 to 25.9 oz. The grip on the handle can be made from different materials such as rubber or suede.

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Artefact: Shuttlecock
Accession #: 2015.37.03

A shuttlecock (also called a birdie) is used to play Badminton. The shuttlecock is in the shape of a cone made from overlapping feathers which are embedded into a rounded cork base that is covered in thin leather. In order for the shuttlecock to rotate consistently, only the feathers from the left wing of a bird are used. The feathers were easy to damage and would need to be replaced throughout a game. Because of this, synthetic shuttlecocks have been developed which replace the feathers with a plastic skirt.



Artefact: Curling Broom
Accession #: 99.12.01
Year: 1989

This curling broom was used at the 1989 Men’s World Curling Championships by Randy Ferbey. Curling originated in Scotland and was brought to Canada by Scottish immigrants. The sport began to grow in popularity after the first club was formed in 1807 in Montreal. Canada has excelled in the sport and constantly hosts many different curling championships.

Leduc will be hosting three Canadian curling championships this month, including: the CCAA Curling Canada Championships March 24th -28th, the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championships March 26th – 31st, and the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championships from March 29th – April 1st.




Artefact: Speed Skates
Accession #: 95.63.05 A&B
Year: 1940s

These speed skates were worn by Betty McGhee in the 1940s. The goal of speed skating is to cover the most amount of distance in the least amount of time. The design of the skate helps the speed skaters accomplish that. The blade of the skate ranges from 38 to 45 cm in length and about 1.25mm thick. There is very little curve in the blade compared to hockey or figure skates which allows the skater to glide in long, straight lines.

The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be held from February 9th -25th