Notwithstanding the sport's held in various parts of the district, the folks about the Wakanui were sufficiently imbued with a sense of their oivn importance, to hold a meeting of their own Last New Year’s day they carried out a very successful programme and they did not belie the reputation they then gained on this occasion ; they possess the proper quality and material in that part of the world to provide their own sport on any anniversary.
About four hundred were present, and a good programme was presented to the local athletes tocompcte for, and some very creditable performances were made. The sports were held in a paddock near the Wakanui school, and as there were no booths on the ground there was no occasion for any interference on the part of tUjfpolice force, who, by the way, did not put in an appearance. Mr. E. Thomas, as director of the sports, and Mr. Ginney, as secretary, performed their duties in a most efficient manner, and the whole proceedings were a credit to all connected with them.
The following is a list of the events and prizetakers : Vaulting—J. (Sweeney', 9ft., 1 ; S. Cairns, Bft. Gin., 2. Running High Jump—A. Innis. 4ft. 9in., 1; J. Sturgeon, 2 Standing High Jump—J. Sturgeon, 4ft. Sin., 1; A Innis, 2. One Mile Race—-Clayton, 1 ; Sweeney, 2. Time, smiu. 4scc. Married Women’s Race—Mrs. Giles, 1,; Mrs. Thomas, 2.
Tossing the Caber—J. Cairns, 1: Clayton, 2. Hurdle Race—Hodder, 1 ; Sweeney' 2. Married Men’s Race—Cockle, 1 ; M'Cutchen, 2. Throwing the Hammer —Cairns, 1 ; Claydon, 2. Running Long Jump—Leadley (IGft.) 1; Sturgeon, 2. Walking Match —Cairns, 1 ; Leadley, 2 ; limes, 3. Hop, Step, and Jump —Inncs (34ft. Tin.) 1; Hodder. Three Legged Race—Sweeney and Crow, 1. _____
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 43, 3 January 1880
WAKANUI SPORTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 43, 3 January 1880
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