Paper Title

[2.3] "Splendid Condition and Enormous 'Grit'": The Sporting "Other" and the Canadian Identity

Location

AE 263

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

History | Philosophy | Political Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The ink was barely dry on the British North America Act when Canada won its first international sport victory. Canadian identity is mutable, changing in response to outside influences. This phenomenon is especially apparent in sport. This paper focuses on the formation and maintenance of Canadian identity in sport. By connecting three significant examples, the 1867 Paris rowing crew and the 1972 Summit Series, and the 2019 NBA championship, this paper seeks to investigate how Canadian identity has been shaped through sport. Using newspaper articles, online editorials, and academic sources, this paper shows how integral the sporting “other” is to the Canadian identity.

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[2.3] "Splendid Condition and Enormous 'Grit'": The Sporting "Other" and the Canadian Identity

AE 263

The ink was barely dry on the British North America Act when Canada won its first international sport victory. Canadian identity is mutable, changing in response to outside influences. This phenomenon is especially apparent in sport. This paper focuses on the formation and maintenance of Canadian identity in sport. By connecting three significant examples, the 1867 Paris rowing crew and the 1972 Summit Series, and the 2019 NBA championship, this paper seeks to investigate how Canadian identity has been shaped through sport. Using newspaper articles, online editorials, and academic sources, this paper shows how integral the sporting “other” is to the Canadian identity.