REPORT OF SECRETARY CRANBROOK A.A.A. – George T. Moir Gives Resume of Year’s Activities of Local Amateur Association. –
The following report was presented by George T. Moir, secretary of the Cranbrook A.A.A. at the annual meeting of the association held in the Y.M.C.A. Monday, October 27th:
Report of Secretary
Another year has rolled around since we have had the pleasure of reporting progress in athletic work of our city. It gives me great pleasure therefore to report to you tonight that we have made some real progress and history for the future of our city.
Early in the year the secretary got after the old abandoned race course on the hill overlooking the town, after securing an option on the same from the owner, Mr. W.J. Uren of Montreal, the matter being placed before your committee appointed for this purpose at the last annual meeting. It was recommended by this committee on March 24th to purchase the grounds for the price of $1,500, terms being one-third down, balance in three years, at rate of 6 per cent. The grounds were secured, payment being made with a loan of $150, secured from friends of the association.
The Kootenay-Boundary schools meet held here on May 24th was one of the most successful ever held in East Kootenay. This association assisted in a fine way in putting the meet over.
Our athletes again demonstrated their ability in the main sprint events and relay races, both Fred Large and Miss K. Martin defeating all comers. Both sprinters also contested the provincial championship school events in Vancouver, the former winning the grand aggregate, while Miss Martin placed third in the 100 yards dash. They also competed at Trail in the Scottish events, the former being defeated by Martello, formerly of Kimberley, now of Trail, Miss Martin winning both 100 yard and high jump events. Large also attended the games in Banff, but made poor showing, owing to his run down condition, having driven a car to the coast and back and was under the doctor’s care, being advised not to go to either Trail or Banff. Fred, however, at the annual fall meet held in this city last Saturday, made a wonderful record in the 100 metre (or 110 yards) race, his time being 10 4-5th seconds. This is only one-fifth of a second behind the “Peerless Percy.” Fred also contested the high jump, broad jump, shot put and half mile, winning all handily. Miss Martin having left high school we will have to look to others to take the laurels for Cranbrook. Miss Carrie Spence, a public school girl, won the 100 yards, competing against the high school girls. Edith Faulkner, Doris Eley and Dolly Johns are all promising runners and will, we believe, hold Cranbrook high school in the spotlight, while Warren McPhee, Staples and Blaine will be heard from in the boys’ events next year.
The financial statement which you will hear from the secretary is a remarkable one, considering the bad financial year. Our thanks should be given by vote to all those who so splendidly contributed of their time and money to make the home for the Athletic Association on the hill, which will be both gratifying to the manly boys and the girls of this city, who have so assisted in making the wonderful record for Cranbrook during the past four years, having an unbroken line in the main events. Those who deserve special vote of thanks for donations to the grounds are: Crows Nest Pass Lumber Co., Wardner; Cranbrook Sash and Door Co., E. Home for the Canadian Pacific Timber Department, F. Parks and Co., and Collier and Sinclair.
The secretary has prepared a statement for the past seven years of operations, which is most remarkable, this association having raised and distributed in this city over fifteen thousand dollars, which we believe will measure up with any similar movement in the city. As one of the coast papers said this year, Cranbrook secures many hundreds of dollars in free advertising through her athletes.
Miss Evelyn Eley also won honors at Vancouver in open events at the Scottish games this year, winning the 75 yards race. Miss Eley also accompanied the Vancouver Commerce girls’ team to the British Empire games in Hamilton, Miss Salsis very kindly chaperoning her all the way. She entered for the 60 meter junior final, but on account of her age was not allowed to enter in other races. She was able to defeat girls from Toronto, Hamilton and Montreal in the first heat. It should be remembered that all but the best woman entrants in Ontario were culled out in the elimination series held the previous week. In the final race, owing to difficulty with starters, Evelyn did not get away on time, which ruined her chance of winning the final.
The secretary was also in attendance at nearly all the games and reports that the interest manifested in these games is paramount, every seat being sold and thousands turned away on the last two days, showing that amateur sport, when conducted in a clean way, has taken hold of the people at the present time as nothing else has done since the early Olympic games.
Many in Cranbrook believe we have Olympic material in sight and we believe that concentrated effort should be made to bring them to the front in the next two years, seeing that we have one of the best cinder tracks in the province.
GEO. T. MOIR