The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 8 (November 2, 1936)
Our Maori Race in Sport
Our Maori Race in Sport.
New Zealand can never hope to organise athletic exercises on the same grand scale as that which characterised the 11th Olympic Games, but there is one matter in which a little attention may bring forth bounteous results. I refer to the encouragement, the proper systematic encouragement of the Maori race in sport.
In Rugby football the prowess of the Maori players needs no stressing, but what has been done by our coloured brothers in Rugby fields could easily be eclipsed in other branches of sport.
Four years hence! Four years soon pass by and before we know it the Games will be here again. In the meantime there is room for organisation in sport.
What the swimming world can gain by encouraging the Maori competitors applies equally as forcibly to the track and field section. Maoris are blessed with that mysterious “something” that eludes most European athletes—balance and rhythm. Watch a Maori compete in the hop-step-and-jump and you will see the perfect example of timing and synchronisation. Even if he has never had ten minutes of instruction he will have an advantage over the other competitors. Many years ago I saw Maori athletes getting within a short distance of the New Zealand record for the hop-step-and-jump—and they were jumping without any assistance from spiked shoes!