I made quite a few surprising discoveries.
As a woman of the regency era, Jane Austen “was not expected to unduly exert herself while exercising.” Swinging, playing hoops, seesawing, archery and bowls and nine pins were the “acceptable” sports and were the ones she most likely would have played.
(Source: Regency Ladies at Play)
While living in South Africa, Christie was introduced to surfing. “It was occasionally painful as you took a nosedive down into the sand, but on the whole it was an easy sport and great fun,” she said. She became adept at the sport and surfed along the coasts of Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.