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Lecture 9

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Wilfrid Laurier University
Kinesiology 2263F/G
Janice Forsyth

Lecture 9 Jan 26 Sport and military Importance of the garrisons - The key influence after the conquest era - Development of sport was derived from the sporting traditions set by the British army garrison officers Garrison: - A military (defensive) installation for fort or town - Troops would be stationed there - Usually to guard/defend it - But sometimes for prestige - By 1867, almost every town had one Garrison officers: - Privileged group of military officers: the british elite - Prior to the Act of Union 1840 - Purchased/given their commissions (job posting) o They weren’t elected, they could buy their position - Occupied the majority of the town - Upper Canada, Family Compact - Lower Canada, Chateau Clique - Formally education in British public schools - Socialized into British school traditions o Tom browns school days by Thomas hughes o Vitai Lampada by John Newbolt  Poem that taught that war should be fought with the same meaning as school sports o “They pass on the torch of life” o “play up! Play up! And play the game!” o Newbolt, “its a kind of Frankenstein monster I created...” Garrison @ Halifax - Established and organized all formal sports activities - All activities are controlled by them - Provided most facilities - Introduced new sports to the town by being taught how to play them in their school days - Most popular here were cricket, horse-racing - Reinforced social prestige - High ranking officers as umps, judges, refs, patrons Officers sports skills? - Education and experience/ administrative control - Work schedule/opportunity - Public school training/ socialization/inclination - Social norm/military tradition of physical exercises Favourite sports - Horse racing o Provide horses, prizes, officials, venues o Gentleman farmers and all amateurs o Steeplechase too! - Crick
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