Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1920, Antwerp: Women’s exhibition game

Article by Tony Bijkerk about the Women’s Water Polo exhibition match held during the Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games : At the first page of the Official Yearly Report from the Netherlands Swimming Association for the period 1920-21, it is noted:  “With great pleasure we may refer in this report, which has to be short even on this particular point, to the Water Polo demonstration match, played in the swimming week of the Olympic Games and which was initiated by the ‘Hollandsche Dames Zwemclub’ (‘Dutch Ladies’ Swimming Club’) and played by some 14-some ladies from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. We are quite certain, that this exhibition has shown a great propaganda for women water polo and we very much hope, that the International Olympic Committee will honor the request of the Netherlands Swimming Association to include women’s water polo in the future program of the Olympic Games.
Source: Citius, Altius, Fortius, Vol 2(2), article by Tony Bijkerk.