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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 2 (May 1, 1940.)

Graduates of the Field of Sport

Graduates of the Field of Sport.

In the Royal Air Force it has been discovered that the best flying men are recruited from those who have had enthusiasm for sporting activities, and if the personal files of the most daring and efficient of war-time pilots could be examined it would probably be found that without exception each man has been a leader in some branch of sport. As in the R.A.F., so it seems to be in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. In recent months many prominent sportsmen have enrolled for service with this branch of defence service. Dickison, the brilliant Otago miler and three-miler, Barnes, a former New Zealand champion on the track and across country, Woodward, a prominent hurdler, Thomas, New Zealand champion wrestler, Christensen, a junior track champion, have been accepted for service with the R.N.Z.A.F., while Don Stirling, former New Zealand professional boxing champion, M. V. Blake, past champion at pole vaulting, and many others are already serving with the Royal Air Force. Many, too, have paid the supreme sacrifice.