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Our First Olympians

Our First Olympians.

by Bill Nagelkerke

“Faster, higher, stronger ...” The Olympic Games have been a source of international interest and entertainment since the late nineteenth century. This article provides information on some of our earliest Olympians, with a particular focus on the four athletes who attended the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. It was the first year that Aotearoa New Zealand had sent an independent national team to the games, and despite facing additional challenges of distance and expense, all four athletes made the finals with one winning a bronze medal. The final paragraph of the article extols the benefits of aiming high and working hard to achieve a goal.

Series: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 4

Related titles: See TSM

Topics: 1920, achievement, athlete, competition, Darcy Hadfield, George Davidson, gold medal, Harry Wilson, heritage, history, inspiration, medal, national team, New Zealand history, Olympic Games, Olympics, Summer Olympic Games, sport, teams, Ted Morgan, Violet Walrond, Yvette Williams

In: School Journal Level 2 May 2020

Publication date: May 2020

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