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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 29, No. 14. 1966.

Historical figures

Historical figures

It is indeed difficult to think of any of the great historical figures without remembering at once his great athletic prowess, and his close association with one sport or another:

That Greek corporal who invented cross-country and marathon running, especially for soldiers; Achilles who gave us athlete's foot; Icarus who first made Sky Diving spectacular; Homer, who is immortalised through his associations with Softball; Hannibal, through his, with Mountaineering and Squash; Jonah with Deep Sea Fishing; St. Vitus with Dancing; Marco with Polo; Harold with Archery; Henry V. Edward, V. George V etc. with Fives; Drake with Bowls: Ducks and Drakes; Nell Gwyn with the Sport of Kings; Cromwell with Rounders; Lady Godiva with Bare-back Riding; Grace Darling with Rowing; Quasimodo with Steeplechasing: Eiffel with the Tour de France: Lawrence of Arabia with Motor-cycling; Amunsden and Scott with Pole Vaulting; and so on.

I feel encouraged. I have convinced myself that it is perfectly Justifiable to invite students to break away from the high academic pressures of Term III, to adjust the balance of their mental and physical output and to relieve the fatigue and monotony of a concentrated study routine with the exquisite rewards of exercise: "blood, toil, sweat and tears." Now all I have to do is convince the students.

To this day, Wellington's facilities are noteworthy. They include a university gymnasium which is open to students and stall seven days a week throughout the third term.