A Runner’s Journey

By Bruce Kidd

© 2021

In the 1960s, Bruce Kidd was one of Canada’s most celebrated athletes. As a teenager, Kidd won races all over the globe, participated in the Olympics, and started a revolution in distance running and a revival in Canadian track and field. He quickly became a symbol of Canadian youth and the subject of endless media coverage.

Although most athletes of his generation were cautioned to keep their opinions to themselves, Kidd took it upon himself to speak out on the problems and possibilities of Canadian sport. Encouraged by his parents and teammates, Kidd criticized the racism and sexism of amateur sport in Canada, the treatment of players in the National Hockey League, American control of the Canadian Football League, and the uneven coverage of sports by the media – and he continues to fight for equity to this day. After retiring from his career as an athlete, Kidd became a well-known advocate for gender and racial justice and an academic leader at the University of Toronto.

Depicting a Canadian sport legend’s journey of joy, discovery, and activism, this memoir bears witness to the remarkable changes Bruce Kidd has lived through in more than seventy years of participation in Canadian and international sports.

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  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 32
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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In this autobiography of a former Olympian and leader in sport history, Bruce Kidd details why sports are important to him, what he’s learned from them, and why he continues to fight to make them more equitable.

A Runner’s Journey

By Bruce Kidd

© 2021

In the 1960s, Bruce Kidd was one of Canada’s most celebrated athletes. As a teenager, Kidd won races all over the globe, participated in the Olympics, and started a revolution in distance running and a revival in Canadian track and field. He quickly became a symbol of Canadian youth and the subject of endless media coverage.

Although most athletes of his generation were cautioned to keep their opinions to themselves, Kidd took it upon himself to speak out on the problems and possibilities of Canadian sport. Encouraged by his parents and teammates, Kidd criticized the racism and sexism of amateur sport in Canada, the treatment of players in the National Hockey League, American control of the Canadian Football League, and the uneven coverage of sports by the media – and he continues to fight for equity to this day. After retiring from his career as an athlete, Kidd became a well-known advocate for gender and racial justice and an academic leader at the University of Toronto.

Depicting a Canadian sport legend’s journey of joy, discovery, and activism, this memoir bears witness to the remarkable changes Bruce Kidd has lived through in more than seventy years of participation in Canadian and international sports.

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Product Details

  • Imprint: Aevo UTP
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 32
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Bruce Kidd is a former Olympic athlete and a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. He has been a lifelong advocate of human rights and has worked with local, national, and international bodies to advance opportunities for athletes. He is a professor in the Faculty Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Part One: The Education of an Athlete

    1. A Boy on the Beach
    2. I Become a Runner
    3. Choosing Canada
    4. Canadian Hero
    5. Commonwealth Champion
    6. A Cheer for Amateurism
    7. Great Expectations
    8. Lane Three

    Part Two: The Education of an Activist

    9. Gap Year
    10. Recreation for All
    11. The Olympic Project for Human Rights 
    12. The Canadian Sport System
    13. Wafflers and Jockrakers
    14. The Political Economy of Sport

    Part Three: My Struggle for Canadian Sport

    15. Dream Job
    16. Critical Support for the Olympics
    17. A Boycott that Worked
    18. Feminist Ally
    19. Recovery Projects
    20. Struggling for the Olympic Ideals
    21. A Sport System We Can Be Proud Of
    22. Renewing Varsity
    23. A New Social Movement
    24. Runner with a Worldview

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