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Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College. Vol. 19, No. 5. May 5, 1955

News From The Gym

News From The Gym

The common rooms of the College have long been the subject of criticism. Unattractive, uncomfortable, unfriendly, they offer little opportunity for relaxation between lectures. As a place for students to meet and talk and laugh they are particularly depressing. The gymnasium building is not much better but here at least it is possible to create a pleasant and friendly atmosphere through the playing of games.

Despite the gloom and the accumulated grime the gym asium is seldom silent or empty from mid-day till evening, students unable or unwilling to attend regular classes in various activities of the Physical Education programme frequently visit the gym. to play some of the games made possible by the provision of equipment.

Most popular of the indoor games is Padderminton. It is quickly learnt and is similar in many respects to badminton. It is exciting and possesses the essential qualities of all good games such as opportunity for the development of considerable skill and courtcraft, and an abundance of fun-provoking situations.

Indoor Basketball has become firmly established among the organised sports of the college and the clubs are able to field teams of considerable talent. This is one major game that can be played on college grounds. As many students interested in learning to play find that they are unable to join the club, I have arranged for three periods during the week when beginners can be taught the fundamentals and players may enjoy intra-mural games organised on an inter-class basis. In addition to the enjoyment to be gained in playing basketball these interclass games should enable you to meet with students from other departments or faculties in the college.

There is a steady demand for games equipment provided by the college but there are probably many students who are unaware of what the gymnasium can offer in respect of satisfying recreation. Volley Ball, Table. Tennis, Paddermlnton, Tennlquoits. Indoor Basketball are some of the games that attract many students into the gymnasium.

W. H. Landbeth.

Physical Education Officer.