PLAY HARD, FIGHT HARD: SPORTS AND THE CANADIAN MILITARY
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