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AUCKLAND, March 5. M. Champion, who returned' yesterday from the New Zealand championship swimming meeting, had some statements to make in reference to his alleged' refusal to swim at the Wellington carnival, Vhich raised such comment in the' south. Champion states that he was not aware that the carnival was being held until Saturday morning, although he had been training in the baths on the previous day. Mr Shields asked him on Saturday morning if he would swim. He had not been nominated for tho carnival, and if his nomination was forwarded it was done without his sanction. His name was on the programme, and he was asked to concede starts up to 14min 25sec in the mile, which he considered too much. He had not gone south as tbe representative of the Waitemata Club, bu had been sent to the championships by the Auckland Centre of the New Zealand Swimming Association. If the Wellington people had been anxious for his appearance they should have approached him through the proper channel,, the Auckland Centre. He | would have been quite prepared *to give an exhibition had such a course been adopted. ,

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SWIMMING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8811, 6 March 1914

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SWIMMING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8811, 6 March 1914

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