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Canada's 1915 lacrosse team had three members from Bradford

In this special Canada Day weekend edition of Postcard Memories, a column of historical Bradford West Gwillimbury images, we check out a truly Canadian sport

Postcard Memories is a bi-weekly series of historic views and photos. You can take a trip down memory lane with us every other Saturday morning! This is a special edition, and we'll be back next week with another historical image. 

This photo, which ran in the Bradford Witness, shows Canada's national lacrosse team in 1915.

There were several members from what is now Bradford West Gwillimbury, including V. Graham (top row, centre), Dr. Lou Campbell (top row, right), and Fred Coombs (seated in front). 

Lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports in North America.

It was first played by indigenous people before becoming popular with non-First Nations in the mid-1800s. The National Lacrosse Association of Canada was formed in 1867, the year of Confederation. 

Lacrosse was declared Canada's national summer sport in 1994. (Hockey was named Canada's national winter sport that same year.) 

Details from the archives of the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and the National Sports of Canada Act.


Jenni Dunning

About the Author: Jenni Dunning

Jenni Dunning is a community editor and reporter who covers news in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.
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