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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review October, 1920

Athletic Club

Athletic Club

The Athletic Club has passed through what in one sense may be considered a most successful season, in that some of its members attained a high standard of efficiency in their events. These men are to be congratulated on their success, which resulted in the Athletic Shield being retained by Victoria College, but it should not be the attitude of the rest of the students to leave the winning of the Shield next year to this small group of athletes.

Athletics is a pastime, and a most enjoyable one, in which every man can find some opening for activity. Our sprinters and middle distance men won the Shield for us this year and were the backbone of the team last year, but they should be worthily supported by field-event and long-distance men. In the day of Athol Hudson and H. Williams, College was a famed for its distance men, and yet this year the green and gold was not placed in either the Mile or the Three Miles. There is a big opening here for men who will train conscientiously. Every encouragement is given to training in the numerous evening meetings. Harrier Club meetings and Championship meetings which are held during the season. To assist field event men the Club is arranging for expert past and present champions to coach students in the intricacies of the shot and hammer and the high and long jump.

This year's Inter-Faculty Tournament, which was won by the Arts Faculty, was spoilt partly by the elements and partly by the lack of interest of those students who entered for events but did not compete. You do not need to be an "H. E. Wilson" to compete in this tournament. Athletic prowess is not the qualification. All that is necessary i.e. a desire that the meeting shall be a success, and if you turn out it will. The effect of the climatic conditions was to a great extent offset by the delightful afternoon tea dispensed by the Students' Association in the Gymnasium.

The event of our athletic year was undoubtedly the Easter Tournament, in preparation for which our competitors had undergone a strenuous course of training at evening meetings and Championship meetings, where they gained invaluable track experience. For the second time in two years we scraped homo by one point from Otago.

Our heartiest congratulations are with Tracy and Jackson, whose names, together with that of Webber (A.U.C.) appear in the Ladies' Challenge Cup for greatst number of points gained on the day. Each of the above secured 4 points.

We desire to thank the Wellington Centre and the officials of the day for their invaluable help in making the Tournament the success it was.

Jackson is to be congratulated on winning both Cups at the Inter- Faculty Sports, one for best performance and the other for greatest number of points gained on the day.