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New 'Year’s Day at Wakanui was celebrated by the customary annual rural sports. Mu cl. might be said as to the absolute necessity for at least ordinary liberality on the var t 0 f the public, if these sports are to Ve m ade a success. But the sports have worked hard and have done the*., duty in a straightforward manner, and Vheir work seems to have given general satprf ac ti o n. assembled must have in A um p er amounted to at least four hundrea, „ nc j they seemed to enjoy themselves hcartK, . Mr. Power, of the Royal Hotel, who had the booth, seemed to be doing a roaring trade at times, and no doubt he will find his visit to the Wakanui beneficial. Mr Brown deserves the thanks of the public for the use of his paddock, which was situated adjoining the school, and a better choice could not have been made. The point was a central one, and the ground very level and smooth as a bowling green. Mr. Thomas, whose duties were manifold, was one of the judges, as well as treasurer and seci etary, and he had his hands full. Mr. Cockle was conspicuous with his blue flag as starter, and Mr. Sturgeon, as handicapper, succeeded in placing his men well. The sports were of the usual character, with the exception of the Wakanui Invention, which was credited as being original. At all events it appeared to be the most diverting and laughable race of the da}’. Mr. W.lnnes gave a special prize for a blindfold race, for which there were twelve entries. Suffice it to say that after the racing was over most of the people adjourned to the schoolroom, where the evening was spent with mirth and song, enlivened from time to time with dancing, and at half-past eleven the meeting broke up, and so ended the Wakanui sports. The following is the programme of events with the names of the winners :

Quoits (distance 21 yards)—William Smith. 1 ; James Jameson, 2. Married Women’s 100 yards Bace— Mrs. Giles. 1 ; Mrs. Cockle, 2. Men’s 100 yards Race—W. Fyfield, 1 : H. Bayliss, 2. Tossing the Caber—P. Cairns, 1 ; G. Leadley, 2. Men’s Running Long Jump—W. Fyfield, 17ft Gin, 1 ; H. Fitzgerald. 10ft. 9!n. Quarfev-mile Hurdle Race—J. Macfarfme. 1 ; J. Jameson, 2. Vaulting with Pole—J. Sturgeon, 1 ; A. limes, 2. Bamnmg High Mump—A. Innes, 4ft Dio, I : J. Jameson, 2. Doe M il e Race —P. Crow, 1; J. Macfarline. 2. Wii'k'ng Match, One Mile—A. Hugo, 1; A. Tunis. 2. Throwing Hammer, Ifilbs—G. Leadley, 5Tt Bm. 1 : P. Cain>«. 52.'t lOin, 2. Married Men’s 150 yards Race—N. Fits-erald, 1; A. O. Aitken, 2. Old Men’s Race, 100 yard—P. Madden, 1 ; J. Gr'fien, 2. Wakanui Invention, run 50 yards backwards ; hands and, 50 yards ; run forward 50 jards—J. Sheppard, 1 ; W. J. Beene!, 2. Blindfold Race—J. Sheppard, 1 ; J. Crow, 2.

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WAKANUI SPORTS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 232, 3 January 1881

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WAKANUI SPORTS Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 232, 3 January 1881