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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 1890. AMATEUR ATHLETICS.

The result of the Sydney Amateur Athletic Championship Meeting," held on Saturday last, should prove highly gratifying to the organisers pi athletic movements in the colony.' 1; New- Zea-; land representatives were well to* the front in the various competitions.; and in which, it must not be forgotten, competitors from nearly all the colonies took part. The gathering is the first of a distinctly intercolonial class -which. 1 has taken.place, and it says something for this, the youngest of the British dependencies, that her youth should secure first honors in seven out of twelve events for which they were entered. This is a proof that the climate and conditions of life in which our competitors have been reared is well suited to the development of a high type of' physic&l manhood, In addition to the " wins" scored, • the New Zealand competitors occupied honorable positions in the other events contested. The games of the Old Land, like the other institutions transplanted to these far-off shores, have taken firm root, and already give signs of a satisfactory harvest. Not only have the promoters of athletic organisations in the colony to congratulate themselves upon the success of their representatives in the late contests; but they may also claim to have performed a great work in educating the public to take a pride and interest in the outdoor games \yhicfr have jdone, and are doing, so mu«h { towards developing _ the physique of the rising generation. The dual result is something to be proud of, and the various clubs working in the direci tion indicated deserve the full measure (4 public support and encouragement they i?e#<?ive. It is to be hoped'the day is fa* distant.when the public will cease to take a pridein the physical achievements, of Young J3W Zealand. We known a fear exists in gQWQ quarters that the New 1 Zealand youth sacrifices too freply his intellectual development fdr the more exciting games of the field.. That this fear is groundless is .amply proved by the success of our youth at educational institutions, at home and abroad, The boy or the youth who is the smartest in the field is usually the smartest in j the schoolroom. In neither respect is there room for complaint; and we have little patience with extreme educational advocates who would have the heads of, the rising generation stuffed full oil knowledge, at the sacrifice of their physique and general health. "A sound mind in a sound body " is a good old maxim whiich is as true now as ( ever it was j and th.9 people of New Zealand have testified' thpjr belief m this by their liberal educational scheme, and the practical support given to' all j kinds of calisthenic or athletic organisations. ' ■■-•:• r j

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 1890. AMATEUR ATHLETICS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 1890. AMATEUR ATHLETICS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890

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