By Ron Hotchkiss
It's July 1928, and Canada’s first women’s Olympic crew — “The Matchless Six” — is heading to Amsterdam, the location of the 9th Olympiad of the trendy period. Canada’s best lady track-and-field athletes, having survived rigorous education and the grueling choice technique on the Olympic Trials, have been made up our minds to take their sizeable expertise and large goals to the head. Meet Jane Bell, Myrtle cook dinner, Bobbie Rosenfeld, and Ethel Smith, the “Flying 4” who comprised Canada’s first relay staff; Ethel Catherwood, the “Saskatoon Lily,” who turned the champion high-jumper and the main photographed lady athlete on the Olympic video games; and Jean Thompson, the youngest member of the group at seventeen, who turned one of many world’s most eminent middle-distance runners. It was once a powerful fulfillment:
“A workforce of six from Canada, a rustic of below ten million, competed opposed to 121 athletes from 21 international locations, whose overall inhabitants was once three hundred million.” remarkable indeed.
For decades, historian Ron Hotchkiss has been interested by “The Matchless Six,” the conquering heroines who took Amsterdam by means of typhoon. His wide study has ended in this riveting account, filled with black-and-white archival photos, of the occasions prime as much as and following that fateful summer season within the heritage of Canadian game.