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CONTROL OF WRESTLING

NEW ORGANISATION FORMED.

LICENSING OF CONTESTANTS.

CONFERENCE AT WELLINGTON. [BY TELEGRAPH.—I'RKSS ASSOCIATION.] \YBLLINCi-TON, Monday. Aimed at putting the control of the sport on a national and satisfactory basis, ;i new body to be known as the .Dominion of New Zealand Wrestling Union was formed at a meeting at Wellington to-day. Delegates representing wrestling interests ill Auckland, Palinerston North, Wellington, Chrislclnirch and Dunedin attended. It is intended to take steps immediately to obtain recognition ;is a body with Dominion control. It was stated that the present New Zealand Wrestling Association, with headquarters in Auckland, did not seem to function adequately as a national body. < )ne of the principal changes which will probably be effected by the new union will be. tho licensing of all wrestlers who wish to appear in contests, 'lho officers and executive of the union have been drawn from different parts of New Zealand. The delegates present to-day were as follows:—Wellington: Messrs. 11. D. Bennett (chairman), .J. Creeke, J. D. Willis and W. Shallcrass. Christ church: Mr. .1. M. Connelly. Dunedin: Messrs. I'. J. Campbell and G. P. Aldridgc. Auckland : Mr. l'\ B. Rickards. Palmcrston .North: Messrs. G. Watchorn, Pearson and Ferguson. Mr. Bennett welcomed the delegates and expressed tiio hope that wrestling would in future be subject to the control that the sport deserved. He said an invitation had been sent to the Auckland body to be represented at the meeting, but no delegate had been sent and no answers given to correspondence. Mr. Campbell read several letters that had been sent to the Auckland organisation and said they had not been able to extract any replies. A delegate said a new wrestling body had been established at Auckland under the auspices of tlu> Beturned Soldiers' Association. A letter from General Sir George Bichardson was read notifying the meeting of the, formation of the, new body iu Auckland and appointing delegates.

.\ constitution prepared by Mr. J. I). \\ ill is, solicitor, of Wellington, was considered and approved, subject to ratification by affiliated organisations. It. was decided that every wrestler at a meeting should in future be licensed and pay a fee to the union. The following officers were elected:— President, Mr. 11. I). Bennett; vicepresidents, Colonel Dawson (Auckland) and Messrs. F. J. Campbell, G. Watchorn, P. It. Cliinie (Christchureh), and J. Creeke (Wellington): secretary, Mr. J. Creeke; treasurer, Mr. W. Sluallcrass; lion, solicitor, Mr. J. I). Willis; auditors, Messrs. H. F. Allen and Son; management committee, Messrs. ,T. M. Connelly (I'hristchurch), G. Watchorn and Purvis (Palmerston North). F. B. Rickards (Auckland), J. D. Wilils (Wellington), F. J. Campbell (Dunedin), and the president, secretary and treasurer. NEW BODY IN AUCKLAND. RETURNED SOLDIERS' AUSPICES. A new organisation for the control of wrestling has been formed in Auckland following upon negotiations with the I!c----turned Soldiers' Association. Wrestling contests in Auckland in the past have been controlled by tlic New Zealand Wrestling Association. The new association proposes to £ive 20 per cent, of the proceeds from bouts to the Returned Soldiers' Association for the benefit of unemployed returned soldiers. Of tho proceeds from bouts promoted by the New Zealand Wrestling Association 80 pur cent, has gone to the wrestlers, and the remaining 20 per cent, has been retained by the association. The Returned Soldiers' Association will form a committee to promote the matches, for which authority has been received from the police, who have stated that permits will bo granted. Major-General Sir George Richardson said last evening that the Returned Soldiers' Association has been approached with a view to arranging affiliation with tho new association formed at Wellington. the idea being that such an organisation would receive the support of the large number of returned soldiers. In view of that it was intended that a percentage of the proceeds should be given to the Returned Soldiers' Association for the benefit of unemployed returned men. No financial obligation was inrolved by affiliation as tar as the Returned Sol diers' Association was concorncJ Aml for that reason it. was considered that the Auckland body should give its support to the, new organisation. It was agreed that if such an association were formed they would be glad to be aflilia.'ed on that condit ion. The. New Zealand Wrestling Association, which assumed that title as the parent wrestling body in New Zealand, was not represented at the conference in Wellington. An official stated last evening that the, first, intimation the association had of I he conference was an invitation to be represented, which was received yesterday

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CONTROL OF WRESTLING, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVII, Issue 20622, 22 July 1930

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CONTROL OF WRESTLING New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVII, Issue 20622, 22 July 1930

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