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Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College. Vol. 19, No. 7. June 16, 1955

Sports Page — In the Gym

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Sports Page

In the Gym

Last year, and the year before that, the second term was marked by an increase in activity in and around the gymnasium. Perhaps it was the cold weather or the discomfort of studying in chilly classrooms and the feeling that in the gym there was a chance of warming exercise. Perhaps the onset of winter with emphasis being placed on team games and a felt obligation to prepare oneself physically for the demands they made, led many to undertake appropriate training. Again by the end of the first term many students adjusted to the variety of calls made upon their time decided that they could ill afford to neglect that minimum of recreational exercise essential to good health.

This term the gym is a busy place. Most activity is centred round games periods or blank periods on the time-table when such games equipment necessary for padderminton, table-tennis and basketball is made available. Between eleven o'clock and two o'clock there is a steady flow of students to and from the gym and within a week there are several hundred who have taken part in some of the games offering. For the most part students seem to prefer to come and go as they please and it is difficult to maintain regular attendances at recreational classes. More men than women use the gymnasium, attendances by women being limited to dance groups and to team practices of various sports clubs.

An effort has been made to provide classes in various activities at times which appear to suit students who are interested. Very few students have made their wishes known in respect of suitability of times or of the desirability of activities on the programme.

I appeal to those students who read this paper and who are interested in the provisions made for their welfare and their use of leisure time to follow up the choice they made on enrolment day when so many expressed a desire to take part in one or more of the activities organised by the Physical Education Department of this college.

Fifty people indicated that they wished to attend Country Dance classes this year; sixteen have done so. Forty men wished to join gymnastic classes; eight have so far attended. Of the one hundred and fifty students who wished to attend Ballroom Dancing classes only ten have taken advantage of the opportunities offered. Some other activities have met the same response.

The quantity and quality of recreational opportunity which can come your way is dependent on you. I cannot believe that you are not interested in yourselves, but if you never get to know your fellow students I do believe that you can never be interested in anyone else.

W. H. Landreth

(Phy.Ed. Officer).