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AMATEUR ATHLETICS

Successful Season Reviewed Auckland Centre Meeting

Various matters affecting the welfare of sport in the province were discussed at the annual meeting of the Auckland Centre of the New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association held this afternoon. The president, Mr. 11. L. Towers, occupied the chair, and delegates were present from 1G clubs.

After extending a welcome to the delegates, Mr. Towers said that the Indications pointed to a wonderful increase in the number of athletes taking part in the sport when the war was over. He urged that plans should now be made to provide recreation and entertainment for men returning from the war. Similar provision would be made by other sporting bodies, and if the centre was fully prepared athletics would certainly suffer heavily.

Mr.. Towers said that every effort should be made by the centre to alleviate the problem of so many boys and girls walking the streets with nothing to do. The centre would be failing in its duty to the sport unless something were done In this direction.

Mr. Towers said that in spite of the war the past season had been one of the most successful of the centre for seme years. The attendance of the public had increased every Saturday, and, from a competitive point of view, there had been excellent sport. Proof of the high standard of performance shown was seen in the fact, that six new Auckland names appeared on the New Zealand honours list. The centre's bank balance was up£lß as compared with the previous year; Mr. Towers suggested that a worthwhile effort should be made by the centre to stage marching and physical recreational displays at athletic meetings, and thus provide exercise and entertainment for thousanda who did not possess running or jumping ability. He thought the centre was inclined to place too much importance on championships.

Election of Officers The following , officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, Mr. H. L. Towers; vice-presidents, Messrs. A. Moon, J. P. Dolan, T. M. Wilson; secretary, Mr. S. Billman; treasurer, Mr. E. W. Friedlander; committee, Messrs. H. O. B?ulf, S. G. P. Heron, C. E. Tilby, J. W. Turnbull, J. McManemin; handicapper, Mr. A. Moon; starters, Messrs. R. W. Cheater, J. W. Turnbull, T. S. Lipscombe; auditor, Mr. H. T. ,T. McNiel;' resident delegates to N.Z.A.A.A.. Messrs. J. B. Prendergast, v. R. walker: hon. surveyor, Mr. E. Alcock; chairman of ladies' sub-coramit-teet Mr. A. J. Sayers; announcer, Mr. A. Moon; travelling delegates, Messrs. H. L. Towers, A. Moon. The meeting will be concluded to-night.

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AMATEUR ATHLETICS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXV, Issue 256, 28 October 1944, Supplement

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AMATEUR ATHLETICS Auckland Star, Volume LXXV, Issue 256, 28 October 1944, Supplement

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