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Sport in Canada

A History, Fourth Edition

Don Morrow and Kevin B. Wamsley

Comprehensive and issue-focused, Sport in Canada: A History is an engaging and thought-provoking investigation into the role of sports, games, and pastimes in Canadian life. This sweeping history emphasizes the sociocultural factors that inform current issues in sport, such as violence, injury, gender, and multiculturalism. Now in its fourth edition, this revitalized text guides students toward a deeper appreciation of the role sport has played in shaping our national identity.

Readership : Appropriate for use as a core text in courses focusing on the history of sport. These courses are found in second-, third-, and fourth-year levels in history, kinesiology, and physical education programs at Canadian universities and colleges.


  • "[This text is] a very thorough and detailed historical account of sport in our country."
    --Gordon Bloom, McGill University

  • "I like this text because it examines the different regions of Canada and sheds light on the sporting experiences of the men, women, and children who lived in those regions, using different conceptual lenses to capture their lived experiences."
    --Janice Forsyth, Western University

1. Introduction
2. Games and Contests in Early Canada
3. Games, Pastimes, and Sporting Life in British North America
4. Transitions to and Control of Organized Sport in the Nineteenth Century
5. The Growth and Professionalization of Team Sports: Lacrosse, Baseball, and Hockey
6. Stars and Heroes: Hanlan, Cyr, Scott, Johnson, and Tewksbury
7. Sports Journalism and the Media
8. Gender, Body, and Sport
9. Physical Education, School Sport, and Physical Fitness
10. Sport and the National
11. The Olympic Games
12. Sport in Canada: Current Issues
Bibliography of Canadian Sport History

Student Study Guide :
- Image bank
- Annotated web links
E-Book (ISBN 9780199021581)

Don Morrow is a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Kinesiology, at Western University. His research focuses on the historical study of sport in Canada from a cultural and theoretical perspective; Canadian sport in the Olympic Games; and sport and gender issues. Don is currently the editor for the journal Sports History Review.

Kevin B. Wamsley is academic vice president and provost at St. Francis Xavier University. His main areas of research interest include the following: the Olympic Games (history of, politics of hosting, organization of gender); Canadian sports history (including violence in, masculinity, sport and the state); boys' involvement in physical education; and curling and rural women's health.

Writing History - William Kelleher Storey and Towser Jones

Special Features

  • Unique Canadian perspective examining the centrality of sport to Canadian identity while tracing the historical rise of sport in Canada and exploring issues such as race, class, and gender in sport.
  • Thematic approach and issue-focused chapters offer a deeper understanding of a broad range of topics and trace the development and influence of sport from pre-contact to present day.
  • Issues in Canadian Sport History boxes provide an in-depth exploration of notable events, athletes, and controversies in Canadian sport history.
  • Timeline of Canadian sport history found on the inside front cover outlines key events that have shaped sport in Canada.
New to this Edition
  • Profiles in Canadian Sport History boxes highlight the accomplishments of sport historians and provide students with a greater appreciation for contemporary scholarship.
  • New learning outcomes and updated study questions in each chapter engage students with the material, and encourage them to think critically about it.
  • New coverage of key topics such as Mark Tewksbury's contribution to sport (Ch. 6) and race and ethnicity in Canadian sport (Ch. 12).
  • Revised bibliography offers a reliable list of books, articles, theses, and dissertations that students can draw from when writing research papers.