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AMATEUR ATHLETIC CLUB.

The annual meeting of the Dunedin Amateur Athletic Club, held at the City Hotel last evening, was well attended; Dr Brown (president) occupying the chair. ANNUAL REPORT. The annual report was as follows: Your Committee have pleasure in submitting the annual report and' balance - sheet. In reviewing operations for the past season, your Committee would point out that the club's membership has increased, there being now eighty-two financial members. The annual sports meeting was held on 9th November, 1888, at the Caledonian Grounds. Though tho weather waß decidedly unfavorable for sports, the programme was carried out, and there was a fair muster of the public. The Two-mile Championship of New Zealand proved an exciting race, P. J. Ness winning in splendid style just at the run home. The time, lOroin 44sec, was not good. The High Jump Championship of New Zealand was won by J. M'Naught after a keen contest with D. M. Robertson ; height, sft 3in. The Challenge Cup was competed for for the first time, and fell to P. J. Ness, with a total of 6 points ; J. B. Thomson running a close second with 5 points. The bicycle events, open to members of the Dunedin Cycling Club, proved most enjoyable items, the Safety Bicycle Race being a splendid race. The Three-mile and Five-mile Bicycle Baces were won in good style by JB. Howlison. In the evening a very successful smoke concert was held, the prizes being presented during the evening by the club's vicepresident (Mr R. E. N. Twopeny). A second sports meeting was held on the 16th March of this year. There was a poor attendance of the public, but the different events brought forth good fields, and some very exciting finishes were given. The One-mile Walk was won in splendid style by A. Findlay, a junior member of the club. The Two-mile Walk also fell to this promising young walker. The bicycle raoea were again an enjoyable feature of the meeting, J. Weir, the Oamaru crack, proving himself a> regular flyer by winning the Two-mile and the Five-mile Baces from scratch. The prizes were presented by Mr 6. L. Denniston at a very enjoyable smoke concert held in the evening. The amount spent on prizes during the season was LSO lis 6d, as against L3O 7s spent last season. The gate receipts amounted to L3(5 7s 6d, as compared with L 35 6s of last season. The amount of L2O placed on fixed deposit matured in February, and was placed to the credit of the ourrent account. A statement of assets and liabilities is submitted, and shows the liabilities to exceed the assets by 5s 3d. Your Committee have to thank the following for prizea or donations to the olub prize fund: —Dr Brown (president), Dr Roberts, Messrs R. E. N. Twopeny, G. H. Mackenzie, G. G. Russell, W. Dymock, F. J. Finch, J. Passmore, E. C. Reynolds, John Mill, and Stephens, Messrs A. Briscoe and Co., Reid and Gray, Neilland Co., Limited, B. Wilson and Co., W. G. Neill and Co., Sargood. Son, and Kwen, Mackerras and Hazlett, and the Dunedin Cycling Club. Your Committee would draw special attention to the forthcoming championship meeting, to be held on December 14. I here will not be a club sports meeting this year, members having decided to postpone the annual meeting, so that every attention could be directed towards making the championship meeting a success. The programme is now out, and each member of the club is called upon to further the interests cf the meeting, and help to make this the first champion-hip meeting to be held in New Zealand an unqualified success. The report was unanimously adopted. GENERAL. The office-bearers elected for the ensuing year were:—President, Dr Brown; vicepresidents—Mr R. E. N. Twopeny, Major Goriug, Dr Roberts, and Mr G. L. Denniston ; treasurer, Mr A. G. Melville ; committee Messrs Burn, Chapman, Ness, Hooper, and Kerr. The Committee were authorised to appoint a secretary. Mr Kerb said that Mr Kirkcaldy wished him to bring before the meeting the claims of the Caledonian Society with regard to some amateur championship races being run in connection with the society's annual sports. Mr Burn pointed out that there was an Amateur Athletic Association for running championship races, and that such races must be run by that Association.

Mr Kerr moved—" That it be a recommendation to the Amateur Athletic Association that a 200 yds championship be inserted in the programme of sports to be held on December 14."—Motion lost. The Secretary stated that the Dunedin Cycling Club intended to hold a provincial race meeting on December 21, and in the programme would be included a number of running events open to members of any club affiliated to the New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association.

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AMATEUR ATHLETIC CLUB., Evening Star, Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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AMATEUR ATHLETIC CLUB. Evening Star, Issue 8014, 17 September 1889

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