\"EW ZEALAND ATHLETIC AND CYCLING UNION. OTAGO CENTRE. A meeting of the. Otago Centre of the New Zealand Athletic and Cycling Union was held last night, Mr D. F. M'Kay (president) in the chair. Mr J. T. Ramsay, handica-pper for the Kaitamjata Society, was present during tho meeting. Reports from the various delegates who attended the recent meetings were re, reived, and the delegates were thanked for their services.
A deputation from the Pipers and Dancers' Association of Now Zealand (Otago branch), comprising- Messrs R. Mackenzie, W. H. Kilgour, C. M'Konzie, and T. Gilchrist, waited on the centre in connection with the control of piping and dancing. The deputation explained that their association were desirous of giving any assistance to the Athletic Union as regards rules, etc., in the event of the union taking control of piping and dancing. Permission was granted to hold an evening sports meeting at Middlemarch on January 23. ANNUAL CONFERENCE, The annual conference of the New Zealand Athletic and Cycling Union will commence in Christehurch on Friday morning. Delegates from all parts of the Dominion will be present, the Dunediii representatives being Messrs D. F. MTvav, A. A. Campbell. J. T.'Ramsay, A. M'. YVvlie. J. M. Mackay, and R. P.. .Meek. Many matters of importance will come up for discussion, but interest will centre largely on a remit from the Wairarapa Centre —" That the New Zealand Athletic and Cycling Union be requested to take over the control of piping and dancing events in New Zealand." The executive will present their report on the recession of the centre in Auckland. The annual report states that during the year the executive had to deal with some very grave matters, the principal being the secession of the Auckland Centre. It was expected that the fact of the conference, being held in Auckland would bring the centre and the rest of the delegates together, when the trouble could be discussed and brought to a conclusion satisfactory to all concerned. Tho decision of tho Auckland Centre not to attend the conference prevented the desired end from being- realised. The executive had decided, at the request of loyal supporters, to form a new centre in the Auckland province, and that was now an accomplished fact. The president of the centre was Mr J. P. Kalaugher, an old executive officer. Under his experienced generalship satisfactory results were confidently looked forward to. The executive had entered into an agreement with the New Zealand Axemen's Association on the lines that they should endorse each other's disqualifications and generally abide by each other's decisions. The annual general meeting of the Federal Cycling Council of Australasia was held In Melbourne last July. The union were represented by Dr Wishart, of Melbourne (and late of Dunediii), and the best thanks of the union were due to him for his assistance in framing the eminently satisfactory agreement which had been signed by' all the Australian States, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The balance-sheet shows receipts amounting to £386 6s 9d, including £129 19s 9d brought forward, and £152 centre fees. The expenditure totalled £2BB 19s 6d, leaving a balance of £97 7s 3d.
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ATHLETICS, Evening Star, Issue 15705, 20 January 1915