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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.



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.



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.



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.


Artefact: Jingle Dress

June is Aboriginal History Celebration month in Canada. We have chosen to showcase the Aboriginal Jingle dress in honour of this celebration. The Jingle Dress is an Aboriginal women's pow wow dance. The regalia worn for this dance is the jingle dress, which includes ornamentation with multiple rows of metal cones which create a jingling sound as the dancer moves.

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Artefact: Prosthetic Leg
Year: 2000s
Number:  2012.115.02

In celebration of National Golf Month, we will highlight 2010 Inductee Gwen Davies. Davies is the President and founding member of the Canadian Amputee Golf Association. She was instrumental in formulating the guidelines for the running of the annual Canadian Amputee National Open golf tournament.

Gwen was a below knee amputee at the age of three and then became an above knee amputee in 2005. As an athlete, she became very active in amputee golf, playing in tournaments at many levels. Gwen held the title of the Canadian Ladies Amputee Golf Champion 12 times in 17 years: 1992 to 1994, 1996 to 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, and from 2006 to 2009. She won the Ladies British Amputee Open in 1995, was the Ladies runner-up at the First World Series of Golf in Australia in 1996 and won the Second World Series event in 2002. Gwen has represented Canada in Amputee Golf Tournaments in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Italy.

May's Artifact of the month is Gwen's prosthetic leg from above her knee. She donated this and an older below the knee prosthetic to the ASHFM so we could show students and guests what prosthetics look and fell like to help educate them.