The annual report of the Otago Centre of the New Zealand Athletic Association contains the following clauses;— The statement presented by the hon. treasurer shows .that the season has ended with a credit balance of £2 4s 4d, and there are outstanding accounts to the amount of £3 2s. The number of clubs affiliated to the centre is ■at present 14. and most of them are in a very flourishing condition. During the year the Anglican and . Y-M.C.A Clubs altered their constitutions, and are now affiliated as harrier and amateur athletic clubs. A now harrier and amateur athletic club has been formed at Mosgiel, under the leadership of J. F. Frew, t,he well-known Caver sham champion, and its members have already performed well in open events. It is pleasing to note that the athletic clubs have catered well for sprinters and field events, and the coming summer track season should see some new men competing in the different events. On the New Zealand Council your centre have been ably represented by Messrs J. 0. Cusack and J. 11. Pollock, to whom our best thanks are due. During the year Mr W. G. Talbot found it necessary to resign, and Mr J. C. Cusack was elected to till the vacancy. The council continue to do all possible to further the interests of amateur athletics, and are to be congratulated on the successful tour of the American champion athletic team. Besides the meetings held by your centre, the Dunedin Amateur Athletic Chib held six evening meetings, which were all well patronised by the athletes. The Caledonian Society have also catered well for amateurs, putting on events for them at the New Year gathering, the schools’ championship meeting in February, and the Anniversary Day sports. Tho amateurs responded very well, but vie hope to see a still larger entry at future meetings held by the society, as athletes are helping the sport considerably by patronising them. The Labor Day Association and the Windsor Athletic Club also put on events for amateurs at their gatherings. Tho thanks of the centre are due to Mr A. G. Melville (hon. auditor), Mr W. M’Donald (hon. handicapper), and Mr Rudkin (hon. starter), also the Press for their continued assistance to the sport by the amount of space placed at our disposal. We are also indebted to Mr F. M. Reid for his effort with subscription lists to reduce the debit arising over the American visit, over £56 being received. Your centre must also record their appreciation of the action of Messrs F. M. Reid and J. H. List in presenting a cud and banner respectively for the provincial championship meeting. These trophies were urgently needed, and helped in no small measure to make the meeting a success. Your centre are pleased to place on record their appreciation of tho splendid response from the harriers when the" call for volunteers to assist the Homeland went out. Already over 70 active members have left Dunedin for service, whilst many more have volunteered for the reinforcements. Your centre forwarded a letter to each man, congratulating him on offering his services to his country, and wishing him Godsnoed and a safe return.
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AMATEUR ATHLETICS, Evening Star, Issue 15630, 22 October 1914