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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1935

Athletic Club

page 79

Athletic Club

Over the last couple of years the Club has taken on a new lease of life and has had better turnouts in the various meetings than there have been for several years past. The Club would like to place on record its appreciation of the work of the Club Captain and the Deputy-Captain and Coach, who worked so hard in the interests of the Club and who were responsible in no small measure for the successful season enjoyed by the Club. Our thanks are also due to the Weir House authorities, who permitted us to use the basement for changing. The facilities enjoyed there made training much more enjoyable and helped towards the success of the Club.

In the Provincial Championships we did even better than last year, when we were third. This year we were runners-up, with the following gaining points: A. S. Henderson, T. A. Rafter, S. G. Eade, P. T. Bowie, W. R. Birks, and R. D. Thompson. Three of our members were picked to represent the Province in the New Zealand Championships—P. T. Bowie, S. G. Eade and R. D. Thompson. We must congratulate Bowie on winning the 120 Hurdles and so becoming New Zealand Champion.

The Inter-Faculty Sports were held on Kelburn Park in fine weather and attracted quite a good attendance of performers and onlookers. Good results were recorded by Bowie and B. M. Mcintosh.

The Tournament was held at Dunedin, and what a Tournament it was! Everything went off with a bang and although the Athletic Club received the Wooden Spoon—by a very small margin—we all came back with very good opinions of Dunedin in everything but its weather. On the day of the Sports there was a howling Antarctic blizzard, against which it was impossible to run, and absolutely impossible to hurdle. Congratulations to B. M. Mcintosh, who won the High Jump, and so received a New Zealand Blue.

The Club's own meetings, held on Kelburn Park, for the Old Members' Cup, were well contested and attracted large fields. The winner was W. R. Birks and we wish to congratulate him and the following members, who won the remaining cups:—

  • Dunbar Cup (most points during season): S. G. Eade.
  • Heineman Cup (most improved athlete): H. J. Abraham.
  • Ladies' Cup (best performance at Inter-Faculty): B. M. Mcintosh.
  • Oram Cup (most points at Inter-Faculty): P. T. Bowie.

Blues for the season were awarded to S. G. Eade, P. T. Bowie, W. R. Birks, T. A. Rafter.

The Athletic Club is one of the oldest in the College and we want it to regain its former place as one of the strongest. To do this we need new members and the increased support of present members. You don't need to be a champion—come along and we will do our best to make you one!