The thirteenth annual general meeting of the Otago Centro (New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association) was held in the I.M.C.A. Rooms last evening, when Mr r’,. Rosevear (president) presided over a large attendance of delegates._ In moving the adoption of the annual report and balance-sheet the President referred at length to the heavy work of the year, the past season having been one of the most strenuous and successful in the history of the centre. The American .nternationai meeting, New Zealand track and field championships, and Otago championships were all hold at the Caledonian Ground, the directors of which society had loyally supported the centre. Referring* to the Otago iuterclub cross-country championship, the Y.M.C.A., in finishing third, deserved the congratulations of the centre. lie regretted that the timehonored Port Chalmers to Dunedin road race, for some unknown reason, now failed to be an attraction in the centre’s calendar of events of the year, and he was of opinion that the centre should take into consideration the advisability of discontinuing the event. The performance of Mr J Beatson in winning the Three-mile Flat Australasian Championship was highly meritorious, the Otago champion having covered himself with honor. The Otago Roys’ High School and Otago University athletic meetings were highly successful, and augured well for the future of ath- ; letics in Otago. The patriotic sports meeting held by the centre was a great success, both from an athletic and financial point of view. In conclusion, he referred to the good work of the centre a delegates and the New Zealand Council, Messrs J. H. Pollock and d. C. Cusack, to Mr F. M. Reid for his presentation of a cup, to Mr J. H. List for presenting a banner, to the Y.M.C.A. directors for use of room lor meetings, and paid a special tribute to the splendid ami successful work of Mr P. W. Breon, their secretary and treasurer.
Mr L. Sanderson, in seconding the report, said the centre was deserving of congratulation upon the arduous season just passed. Athletes had been well catered for during the year. Mr P. Doull, in referring to the past season as a successful one, expressed the opinion that if harrier chibs were to justify their existence as athletic clubs they must come into the limelight and hold open sports meetings at which all athletes could compete. The D.A.A.C. was the only club which had justified its existence as an athletic club Referring to the correspondence in the Press in regard to the shortage of volunteers from Otago, when the writers attributed it to the love of sport thev were entirely wrong. Of the 450 athletes affiliated to the Otago Centre, 72 have joined the Now Zealand Expeditionary Force, whilst over 20 more have Joined Die reinforcements, and in other branches of sport a similar state of affairs existed. (Applause.) The motion for the adoption ot the report a-nrl balance-sheet was carried with acclamation.
Mr Rosexear was ro-elcct cd to the position of president for the fifth time in succession. and returned thanks for the honor that wa* so insistently conferred upon him. The remaining officers were elected as follow : —Vice-presidents—Messrs L. Sanderson. R. G. Anderson. P. Doull, R. Marlin, T. Paterson, and P. AAT Breen; hon. secretary. Mr P. W. Breen : assistant secretary, Air J. R. M'Lerman ; hen. auditor, Mr A. (T. Melville; hou. handicapper, Mr A. Mercer; hon. starter. Mr IV. Rudkin; delegates to the New Zealand Association. Messrs .T. C. Cusack and .T. H. Pollock; sub-local officers- —Messrs T. A. APKenzie (Tapanml. R. C. Moore (Lawrence), and \V. Tweedy (Miltonl. The notice of motion in the name of Mr F. M. Reid in re registration of athletes was considered.
After discussion the principle was affirmed, and a sub-committee set up to report to the next meeting of the centre on Thursday, 19th November. An Honorarium of £5 Ss wa-s jrranto«i to the secretary (Mr P. \V. Breen) and £2 2s to the retiring handicapper (Air VV. APDnnald), of whose past services to the centre members spoke in terms of praise.
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AMATEUR ATHLETICS, Evening Star, Issue 15637, 30 October 1914
AMATEUR ATHLETICS Evening Star, Issue 15637, 30 October 1914
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