Canterbury roundabout. No.37.
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An episode of the programme Canterbury Roundabout. This episode features two interviews about winter sports in Canterbury.
Mr. Neil Hamilton, a member of many of the Canterbury ski clubs, is interviewed about the growing popularity of skiing.
He begins with debate about pronunciation of the name: "schi-ing" versus "ski-ing." Mr Hamilton says two Canterbury women have been representing New Zealand at the Winter Olympics in Oslo. Canterbury club ski-fields are discussed - there are nine in total. Many secondary schools and firms are organising ski-trips during the winter.
Mr Hamilton details the different styles of competitive skiing, including 'langlauf' or cross-country skiing, which is physically very demanding.
For beginners there are now 5 ski tows operating in Canterbury with 2 new ones being installed this year. All have been installed by volunteers and greatly improve the amount of skiing that can be done in a day.
An Australian club team will visit to tour club fields in August and will compete against a Canterbury team at Temple Basin. The Canterbury Championships will be held at Craigieburn in September and the South Island Championships at Mt Cheeseman.
He says skiing has only become popular since the war and they are publicising the sport through a "Ski Week" held in June.
The second part of the recording features an interview with Mrs [Eileen] Lane, the President of the [Canterbury?] Basketball Association. In Canterbury there 185 teams in seven grades. She runs through some of the teams and their recent performance.
She says the big event in basketball is the New Zealand Tournament, which will be held in Auckland in August. There is also the Joan Young Cup held in Otago. Canterbury has been the winner of five of the seven post-war tournaments.
She gives details of the most recent international games, which were against Australia in the late 1940s, although New Zealand has been invited to send a team to Australia. She says other countries such as Britain and Canada have different methods of play, which presents problems in holding other international games.
She says about 23,000 girls play basketball in New Zealand currently. Mrs Lane ends by giving some details about Canterbury sub-associations which field teams in rural areas.
[An interview with Mr Ray Jenkin of the Canterbury Hockey Association is introduced but not heard on this recording.]
Reference number 183433
Media type AUDIO
Collection Sound Collection
Radio sports events
Nonfiction radio programs
New Zealand Broadcasting Service (estab. 1946, closed 1962), Broadcaster
Date 06 May 1952