The Spike or Victoria College Review, June 1906
Initial Sports Meeting
Initial Sports Meeting.
All things must have a beginning. The start is not always easy. To set a standard is often more difficult than to live up to one already established. It was, therefore, not without some hesitation and many misgivings as to the issue that the committee of the Athletic Club decided at the beginning of this year that it would lend additional interest to "training" for the Tournament if the Club held a sports meeting of its own a week or two before Easter. Many questions had to be answered. Would there be sufficient entries to justify the holding of a meeting? Mow could it be financed? Where was it to be held ? Should a charge be made for admission, or would it be better to make it free to the public and so obtain the use of the grounds for nothing? And so on.
Finally it was resolved that a meeting should be held on the Basin Reserve on March 31st; that admission should be free; that only one small prize should be given in each event; and that a few programmes should be typewritten for the use of officials only. It was further unanimously agreed that the Club could NOT afford
|(1)||To engage a band.|
|(2)||To provide afternoon tea.|
|(3)||To spend any money on advertising.|
"All's well that ends well." The sports were held, and the several hundred spectators present agreed that the Club was to be congratulated on the success of its initial meeting.
True, many members of the Club had never previously competed in public, and the performances were, consequently, not up to championship form. But what did that matter when competition was keen, finishes close, and every man did his best? One thing is certain, the Club can confidently hold another meeting next season, when many of those who competed as "novices" this year may be expected to fulfil the promise of greater things then exhibited.page 51
The following are the results of events open to students only :—