'Look at that kid crawling': Race, myth and the 'crawl' stroke

Osmond, Gary and Phillips, Murray G. (2006) 'Look at that kid crawling': Race, myth and the 'crawl' stroke. Australian Historical Studies, 37 127: 43-62. doi:10.1080/10314610608601203

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Author Osmond, Gary
Phillips, Murray G.
Title 'Look at that kid crawling': Race, myth and the 'crawl' stroke
Journal name Australian Historical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1031-461X
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10314610608601203
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 127
Start page 43
End page 62
Total pages 20
Editor J. Damousi
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher University of Melbourne
Language eng
Subject C1
430103 History - Pacific
321499 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
750203 Organised sports
2103 Historical Studies
Abstract Australia and, more specifically, a Solomon Island schoolboy named A lick Wickham, are credited with creating the swimming racing stroke, the crawl, or freestyle as it is known in contemporary parlance. Wickham's contribution constitutes a popular celebrated and enduring legend. While there is some factual basis to the legend, Wickham s contribution is a sport creation myth. The myth offers an example of the intersection of sport and constructions of Pacific islanders in the racial discourse of the Federation period. As a cultural discourse, the myth reflects how Wickham was accommodated as an exoticised islander and socially acceptable 'black' sportsman.
Keyword History
Crawl stroke
Australian swimming
Q-Index Code C1

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