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It is July , and Canada's first women's Olympic team — “The Matchless Six” — is heading to Amsterdam, the site of the ninth Olympiad of the modern era.
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Cook-McGowan was a pioneer in the field, and this platform went beyond simple sports reporting enabling her to promote the cause of women's sports. With her presence in various activities she was an active advocate for female participation in all kinds of sporting events.

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Privacy Policy. Please note: This website chronicles the CNEs first years and a bit The personal anecdotes, such as dancing on the deck of the boat en route to Amsterdam, provide a valuable connection for an audience of younger viewers.

The matchless six : the story of Canada's first wimen's olympic team

While the film was produced in , both the quality of original film and photos is exceptional and their use helps portray the social and sporting conditions of the time with a unique authenticity that draws the viewer into the experiences of the women. The primary sources are also well supported by reenactments of described events. For a film of just under 47 minutes, the subject matter covered is extensive.

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This backdrop is imperative to understand the potential impact of this group of female track athletes and the challenges they confronted. The film follows with general biographies of each woman, highlighting the impact of family, friends, coaches and employers in their development to become elite athletes. It contextualizes the trajectory to the Olympic Games, detailing their coaching, training and resources each woman received or lack thereof.

In , while playing softball in a sport carnival near Barrie, Rosenfeld was coaxed by her teammates to run in a yard dash event organized by the sports director of the Canadian National Exhibition CNE.

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She won the race, defeating Rosa Grosse, the reigning Canadian champion. She also joined the prestigious Toronto Ladies Athletic Club and was in the company of the best female track athletes in Canada. For a time, Rosenfeld and Grosse both held the yard dash world record at 11 seconds.

At the Ontario Ladies Track and Field championships, in a single day performance, Rosenfeld placed first in discus, shot put, yard dash, low hurdles, and long jump, and placed second in the javelin and yard dash. In the mids, she held national records in the yard open relay with a CNE relay team, as well as in the standing broad jump, discus, javelin, and shot put. She played on city championship teams in ice hockey, fastball, and softball.

In , having only just taken up the sport, Rosenfeld claimed the title of the Toronto Ladies Grass Court Tennis championship.

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She also competed in lacrosse, golf, and speed skating. In order to compete in the finals of this race, she had to withdraw as a serious medal contender from the discus throw. Rosenfeld entered the controversial meter race mainly to support and encourage another Canadian athlete.

During the race, when her teammate did indeed falter, Rosenfeld ran up beside her but let her finish ahead in fourth place while she took fifth. Reports by witnesses of this unselfish display claim that Rosenfeld could possibly have secured a bronze medal had she passed her teammate. Rosenfeld was the leadoff runner of the Canadian squad in the meter relay that went on to win a gold medal and set a new world record. Over the next few years Rosenfeld continued to compete periodically in a number of sports, until severe arthritis forced her retirement from active participation in In , Rosenfeld began to work in the sports department of the Globe and Mail.

Her last column appeared on December 3, but she continued to work for the newspaper until Rosenfeld died on November 13, In , the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada honored Rosenfeld, with three other male athletes, as one of the most important sports figures in Canadian history. Cosentino, Frank and Glynn Leyshon.

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