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AMATEUR ATHLETICS

THE, CHAMPIONSHIPS WELLINGTON'S REPRESENTATION (By "Sprinter.")' ; FIXTURES. - ■[ December 9th and lObh.—New Zealand Championships, Clinstchurclj. December 12th.—Evening / Meeting, Kelburn, Park. December 14th.—Manawatu (Palmerston North). December 26th.—Caledonian Meeting, Basin Reserve. December 26th.—Waikanae Club. December 27th.—Albion Club, Masterton. ' January 2nd. —Caledonian Meeting, Masterton. , ; January 2nd.— Paraparaumu Club. January 23rd.—Wairarapa A.A. Club, Masterton. , ' ■-.-:■ January 28th.—Wellington Provincial Championships. ,

Wellington's team to make the trip to the New Zealand championships at Chrigtehurch on Friday and Saturday next is being chosen this, evening, and the personnel will largely depend Upon form shown at to-day's carnival. The early decision of the championships this season does not provide the amount of time desirable to ascertain the true capabilities of athletes, and iV. is more than likely that promising runners may on that, accpunt.be overlooked, A few evening meetings already held* locally, and to-day* carnival, should, however, enable the sole selector (Mr. A. C. Kitto) to make Wellington's representation strong enough to hold the premiership, as the early performance, with few exceptions, in other centres' do not appear to be better than those which are eipect---ed from the best of the local athletes. The Wellington team will comprise twelve men, hot it is possible that other* may also make the trip at. their own expense. The team will leave on Wednesday night, and return on the following Sunday. It is satisfactory to find that the clubs have come to the assistance of the centre/by advancing "funds io cover the expert? of the trip. These loans are to be repaid after the provincial- championshifts on the 28th January. The proceeds of to-day's gathering are to be 1 utilised in sending a New Zealand team Ito the Australasian championships. A correspondent has offered his opinion regarding th fi composition of the local team, ,and ; jther«. is n,p reason to 1 dpubt that mos.t of the names will fijjure in the., selector's- list, The following are almost certain to find places, and should be entered for the events mentioned:— H. E, Wilson, 120 yds hurdles, 100 yds, Ion? jump, and 440 yds hurdles. P. Munro, putting the shot, throwing the hammer, discus, and javelin. J. 51' Holm, Blmt, hammer, and discus. E. G. Sutherland, j«velin, pole vault, hop, step, and jump, high jump, and long jump, 6. Harvey, pole vault. J. M'Kensie and F, C. Hickling, one and three-mile walks. F.Nesdale, 440 yds, 880 yds, and one mile.'- • '■■ - Tl'- '■ ■■ ■ L. A. Tracy, 100 yds, 220 yds, and 440 yds. W. Candy, 220 yds, 440 yds, and 440 yds hurdles. . . . There are others who will need consideration in the choice of sprint reprosentatives, notably H. Hayvice, L, Richardson, G. B. Andersgji,- and H. M'Ewan.i For other events, C. Rowe and H. C. White might be regarded as probables.. ' ' ; : Chief difficulty will be experienced in • choosing'a representative , for the long 1 distance events. A. Wyeth, R. Rose, J. M'Kinlay, A. Barclay, W. Melrose, W. Scatchard, D. Todd, C. Dentice, and H. Moore all appear to be in the running, with prospects pointing to the selection of the last named. v Mr. F. Hodson was appointed to act as manager of the team, but owing to , his inability to make the trip Mr. L. M'Kay will fill the position. It is unfortunate that G. Davidson (Auckland) is unable to defend his title, as great thingis were .expected from this runner. Auckland will probably have only four representatives,^ W; Perry Clong jump champion), G. A. Plummer (hop, step, stod jump champion), R. Webber (long distance champion), and Prosser, of Hamilton (distance runner). | 'A correspondent writes an interesting letter, adding to the popular selections for the team to represent the province at the forthcoming New Zealand championship meeting at. Christchurch, his own choice. , "J might add," he writes, "that 1 have been watching the training for some timo paat. I would like to make a selection which could be recommended to the sole selector (Mr. A. C. Kitto). My seleotion would be: — "1 Hi E. Wilson, 100 yds, 120 yds hurdles, 440 yds hurdles, Jong jump, and provincial relay team. "2. L. A. Tracy, 100 yds, 220 yds, 440 yds, and provincial relay team. "3. H. Hsyvioe, 100 yds, 220 yds, and provincial relay team. "4. W. Candy, 280 yds, 440 yds, and provincial relay team. "5, C. Rows, or F. Needale, 440 yds, 880ydB, and 1 mile. "6. H. Moore, 1 mile, 3 miles. "7. W. Scat-chard, 1 mile, 3 miles. "8. J. M'Holm, shot, hammer and diaous. "9. P. Munro, -shot, hammer, discus, and javelin. "10. E. G. Sutherland, long jump, high jump, hop-step-and-jump, javelin, and pole vault; "11. J3. Harvey, pole vault. "12. J. M'Kenzie, 1 mile and 3 mile walks." ' the south Africans. Mr. I, G. Emery, manager of the South Ai'ican athletic team which is to tour Australia and N«w Zealand shortly, in a lett« to the Sydney Referee; affords interesting information concerning the team. He writes : "The selected team is the strongest that has' ever represented this country. We go as a Transvaal team, but the selection whs made from the whole of South Africa. The Cape have no high-class athletes or cyclists at present, the best being in the Transvaal and Natal. Of the sprinters, J. K. Ayres-Osteriaak and J. Bukes were in our Olympic team, the : former also running for the Empire agamst America after the Antwerp |

Games. Both are phenomenal runners, and have done even time on several occasions this year, and on two occasions each has done 9 4-fisec for the 100 yards. The third sprinter is Kinsman, tbe young Natafian, who put up a really splendid performance in the championships, and won the 220 yards in 22 l-ssec. Buke6, Kinsman, and Ostirjaak ar Q indeed great .runners. The last, named did the quarter-mile here at the championships in 48 l-ssec (actually); officially it was given as 49 l-ssec. I am confident your various associations will, be pleased at the selection of the sprinters, as, without doubt, they are magnificent runners. Kinsman, who has just run in spikes for the first time, was taken in hand by Mick Terry fwhom you will know), and that fine coach, is em-ph-atio that h'% will prove the finest sprinter South Africa has yet produced. One must respect Terry's opinion of a sprinter. "The two middle-distance runneijs ar« D; leathern (Na,fcal) and R. Johnston (Transvaal). The former won the halfmile championship in Natal in' 1.58 3-5, and at Capetown in 2.2 3-5. 'H« also won the mile in 4.40 and 4.36. From all accounts—although. I have not seen him? in action—he is a splendid mover, and can clip a hunch off his mile time, lie jiU. be able to run distances from 600 yards to a mile. '•■ "R. Johnston is a youngster who has shown great improvement. . He is most versatile, beuig able to sprint and stay. He was beaten by a narrow margin by Osterlaak, wh«n th« latter won the quarter-mile in 48 4.ssec, and he won the half-mile (in the Transvaal) in 2.2, It is quite recognised that th«; Transvaal climate affects a middle-distance runner,, and w© all "are confident that Johnston can beat 2 minutes. In an exhibition run he was beaten a yard by Defel in a 300 yards race in 31 4-ssec, which is a great run up here. Speaking personally, I am more than pleased with the selection, as they are all very fine types of the t emiine amateur, and. will put up a dour on each occasion." • RECORDS.. The list of New Zealand records is as follows: — 100 yds, 9 4-S?eb, W. T. M'Pherson, 1391, and J. H. Hempton, 1892. Standard, 10 l-ssec. 220 yds, 22sec, R. Qpie, 1911, and G. Davidson, 1921. Standard, 22 4-ssec. 440 yds, 50 2-ssec, N. T. M'Pherson, 1891, and L. B. Webster, 4908. Standard 52sec. ' ■ '; 880yo>, lmin 58 l-ssec, H. G. Burke, 1905. Standard 2min. / 1000 yds, 2min 22 2-ssec, W. G. Harding, 1910. "No standard. One Mil© Flat, 4min 18 3-s«ec, J. Power,. U.S.A., 1914. Standard 4min 30see. ' , ' Three Males Flat, 14min 49sec. W. F. Simpson, 1901. Standard ISmin lOsec. One Mile Walk,,6rain 27 2-ssec, F. H. Creamer, 1897. Standard Qmin- 50sec. Threer Miles Walk, 21min S7sec, D. Wilson, 1897, Standard 23min. 12Oyds Hurdles (3ft Gin), IS 3-10 eec, G. P. Keddell, 1911. Standard 16sec. 440 yds Hurdles (3ft), newly instituted. No record. . *- Long Jump, 23ft 3in, G. P. Keddell, 1906. Standard 21ft 6in. High Jump, sft 9£in, C. L. Orbell, 1908. Standard sft 7in. I Pole Vault, lift 3in, G. Harvey, 1915. j Standard 10ft 6in. 1 Putting the 181b Vftdght, 45ft lin, P. Munro, 1921. Standard 38ft Sin. Throwing the 161b Hammer, 147 ft sim, J. M'Holm, 1914. Standard 130 ft Hop, Step, and Jump, 46ft 4in, C. A. Pluramer, 1921. Standard 44ft. Throwing the Discus. No record yetStandard 120 ft. Throwing the Javelin. No record yet. Standard 150 ft.

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AMATEUR ATHLETICS, Evening Post, Volume CII, Issue 134, 3 December 1921

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