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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 4 (July 1, 1938.)


The popularity of the Air Force in New Zealand is having an interesting-effect on New Zealand sport. Virile young men, representing the cream of the nation are linking up with the Service and will sooner or later go to England to complete their training. With their departure will go some of the most promising sportsmen in the Dominion.

J.’ D. Carmichael, one of New Zealand's outstanding sprinters, Colin Cameron, the most promising miler I have seen since Jack Lovelock, and Johnny Hamilton, a hurdler rapidly nearing the top-flight, have left for England in recent months, and more are to follow. M. V. Blake, New Zealand pole vault champion a few seasons ago, has been in England for eighteen months and has already won the pole vaulting championship of the Royal Air Force. Of Cameron I have high expectations-if he finds time to train for the one mile. A product of Timaru, as yet not a tactician, Cameron appealed to me as a fine prospect when I saw him training last season, and it will not surprise me if he takes up Lovelock's mantle before another three years have passed.

In Christchurch the Air Force Rugby team is a force to be reckoned with in the senior competition. Coached by New Zealand and Wellington representative, J. A. Mackay,’ the team of young aviators is moulding into a formidable combination. Few of these players will be left in New Zealand by the time the next season comes. Our loss will be England's gain.