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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University. Wellington Vol. 23 No. 6 1960



No self-respecting athlete would change clubs just for the chance of getting a "blue." Why should an athlete be compelled to compete for the university in his home town when he studies at another university, as medical or engineering students do?

So the fresher athlete who changes his club has been "poached." The young athlete succumbs to the lure of a "blue," although for most this remains well out of reach. The varsity clubs are not interested in athletics as a whole or in varsity athletics. If there was a genuine interest there would be none of this discrimination between students. It is strange that such demands are made on prospective tournament athletes when so little is offered. Why discriminate against members of outside clubs when there is irregular, or non-exsistent, varsity competition during the summer? It would be a different matter if there were both a separate varsity and centre meeting each Saturday.

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