SPORTS TRA­DI­TIONS

A closer look at a grow­ing in­ter­est in row­ing, cricket and field hockey

The Kids Post - - Contents - By Tina Robin­son

As new and un­usual sports take hold (yes, you, backyard axe thrower), we look at the re­turn of old school sports

It’s no sur­prise that with the Pan Am Games tak­ing up res­i­dency in Toronto this year, some older, tra­di­tional sports have sparked a new­found in­ter­est in many peo­ple. Sure, peo­ple have an in­ter­est in those sports that are mak­ing news and have gained in pop­u­lar­ity due to player stats, sea­son, or, too of­ten lately, scan­dal, but what about those sports that have sort of stayed un­der the radar un­til now? an­cient Egypt: just a wa­ter ves­sel pro­pelled with oars. It’s not hard to see how races were formed, and this sport evolved into what it is to­day, with teams from around the world com­pet­ing to be the best. The row­ing team at Brank­some Hall have been row­ing their way to suc­cess. The team re­cently com­peted at the Stotesbury Cup Re­gatta, the big­gest high school re­gatta in the world for stu­dents in Grades 9 to 11. mul­ti­plied caus­ing many to take no­tice. Many gained in­ter­est af­ter the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil ( ICC) Cricket World Cup 2015 took place in Fe­bru­ary and was hosted by Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Aside from cricket and row­ing, it’s no sur­prise that field hockey is also mak­ing a real come­back, es­pe­cially when the cost of putting your kid in ice hockey is nearly two grand a year. Ouch.

Pop­u­lar­ity of this sport has been on the rise in young girls af­ter a bronze medal vic­tory at the Pan Am Games this sum­mer. It has be­come a sta­ple in many Toronto pri­vate schools, such as Haver­gal, since its in­crease in in­ter­est amongst girls.

Also, be­cause of the in­crease in field hockey clubs across the GTA, field hockey is now at­tract­ing men, women and chil­dren of all ages.

Af­ter great suc­cess at the Pan Am Games this sum­mer, the Cana­dian men’s field hockey team of­fi­cially se­cured them­selves a spot in the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics, earn­ing them the chance for this sport to re­ally be put on the map.

Who knows, with all the buzz around field hockey and the Olympics, it could ac­tu­ally be field hockey that makes the big­gest come­back of all!

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