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German National Sport Badge


German National Sport Badge
(Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen)

The 1913 Olympic Games generated considerable interest in physical training within Germany, which resulted in the institution of a national gymnastics and sports badge by the German National Committee for Physical Training. Initially, the badge was in bronze and gold, and only men were eligible to receive it. However, a silver version was introduced in 1920, and in 1921 women became eligible for the award. After 1921, criteria for the award were as follows:

a. Bronze: Awarded to men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 who passed five parts of the national test within a twelve month period. Within each of the five tests were sub-tests that were based on physical skill, endurance and time, Levels for qualification were less for women than men. 

One exercise from each group was selected, and had to be performed under supervision.

b. Silver: Awarded to men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 who passed the tests for a total of eight years, or to persons between 32 and 40 who passed the tests during a twelve month period.

c. Gold: Awarded to men and women between the ages of 18 and 32 who passed the tests for a total of seven consecutive years once the silver badge had been awarded. Persons over 40 years of age need only pass the tests during a single twelve month period.

The oval badge measuring 48mm high by 39mm wide, bore the initials 'DRA' (Deutscher Reichs-Ausschuss) intertwined with, and surrounded by, an oakleaf wreath with a bow ribbon at the bottom. The reverse bore the manufacturer's logo. The badge was worn on the left breast pocket of any uniform. A miniature version was authorized for wear on the left lapel, and a cloth version was authorized for wear on the athletic shirt. This pattern badge remained in existence until 1933.

 

 

German National Sport Badge award certificate.

German National Sport Badge award document

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