"Splendid Condition and Enormous 'Grit'": The Sporting "Other" and Canadian Identity
Keywords:Sport, Identity, Canadian, Summit Series, Toronto Raptors, History, Paris Crew, Media Studies
Canadian identity is mutable, changing in response to outside influences. This phenomenon is especially apparent in sport. This paper focuses on the formation and maintenance of Canadian identity in sport. By connecting the 1867 Paris rowing crew, the 1972 Summit Series, and the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors, this paper seeks to investigate how Canadian identity has been shaped through sport. Using newspaper articles, online editorials, and academic sources, this paper shows how integral the sporting âotherâ is to the Canadian identity.