Calisthenics is a uniquely Australian sport that swept the world in the mid-19th century, and grace and strength remain its two essential elements.
From the 1860s, Calisthenics became popular in Australia for people of all ages, and particularly so for women and girls. The sport became a core community activity, it became an essential part of growing up and the passionate centre of the lives of thousands of girls.
By the mid-20th century, men and boys lost their connection with the sport, which left women to re-invent and re-invigorate it.
Now sporting achievements of girls and woman are beginning to be acknowledged, and Roslyn Otzen’s definitive and lavishly illustrated history of the sport restores Calisthenics to its rightful place, as one of the most influential sporting and social movements in the nation’s history,
ISBN: 978 1 876718 13 8
Paperback, 234pp, 2012
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