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