PLAY HARD, FIGHT HARD: SPORTS AND THE CANA­DIAN MIL­I­TARY

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THROUGH DE­CEM­BER 2017 An ex­hibit cre­ated in part­ner­ship be­tween The Mil­i­tary Mu­se­ums of Calgary and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween sports and mil­i­tary ser­vice dat­ing back to the First World War.

The ex­hibit fea­tures per­sonal sto­ries about Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame hon­oured mem­bers who served in all branches of the Cana­dian mil­i­tary.

“There’s such a wealth of sto­ries in this ex­hibit that give you an in­cred­i­ble pic­ture of the men and women who have shaped our sport land­scape,” says He­lena Deng, man­ager of ex­hibits and col­lec­tions at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Vis­i­tors can ex­pect to learn more about Cana­di­ans like Ger­ald Ouel­lette, a sports shooter who served the Cana­dian Forces for over 20 years. Ouel­lette started shoot­ing at 13 years old and won gold at the 1956 Olympics.

A large part of the ex­hibit fo­cuses on the con­tri­bu­tions women have made in sport and mil­i­tary ser­vice. Myr­tle Cook, one of the mem­bers of the track team that won the gold medal in the women’s 4x100-me­tre re­lay at the 1928 Olympics, trained re­cruits in athletics dur­ing the Sec­ond World War fol­low­ing her Olympic suc­cess. Vis­i­tors to the mu­seum can see Cook’s gold medal and other mem­o­ra­bilia. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, 169 Canada Olympic Road SW, sportshall.ca

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