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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 14. July 12, 1939

The Call of the Snow

The Call of the Snow

In England, America and the Continent, ski-ing is regarded as one of the major competitive sports. At Oxford and Cambridge, for instance, Blues are awarded to those attaining representative honours, and the annual Oxford v. Cambridge meeting held in Switzerland is one of the important events in the Winter Sports Calendar. In America, the U.S.A. University team, comprising Duncan (American Champion). David and Stephen Bradley and Loughlin was also the official U.S.A. representative team which successfully routed both Australia and New Zealand in 1937. The Dartmouth College whence hail Durrance and the Bradley brothers, it may be noted defeated in the same year a visiting team from the combined Swiss Universities. The standard, then, is very high.

In New Zealand the organisation of inter-University ski-ing is already well under way. With experienced skiers like Murphy, Scotney and Freeman, to say nothing of a host of other enthusiasts. V.U.C. appears to have a wealth of talent. Ability will be tested in the inter Tramping Clubs' sports to be held at Kime Hutt during the week-end of 12-13 August, when V.U.C. hopes to field a team (or teams) chosen at some prior trials held under competitive conditions—probably 22nd July at Mt. Holdsworth; and all aspiring to represent V.U.C. in this ever-increasingly popular sport are invited to apply to the secretary of the Tramping Club.

For some years now Otago and Canterbury Universities have held successful meetings at Mt. Cook, and the inauguration of competitive skiing by the N.Z. Colleges should, we hope, result in a National University meeting. The next step is an inter-Dominion Tourney—Australia versus N.Z.—and with some initiative and organisation this should he possible Roth Sydney and Melbourne Universities are well represented. A member of the New Zealand skiing team visiting Australia in 1937 found the secretary of the Melbourne University Ski Club most enthusiastic over the idea.

It is possible, too, that University students may visit New Zealand for the Centennial Meeting at Mt. Cook next year, and if so, it is to be hoped that a University Tournament will be held at the same time, either at Mt. Cook or at Ruapehu, thus paving the way towards a further addition to the list of inter-University sports.