Story: Amateurism and professionalism

Roadside Stories: world record holder Peter Snell, 1962

Listen to this Roadside Story about amateur middle-distance runner Peter Snell and his world-record-breaking mile race at Cooks Gardens, Whanganui, in 1962. In this period New Zealand sport remained overwhelmingly amateur. However, Snell was also employed by a tobacco company in a public relations role that permitted him ample opportunity to train.

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-t-0130-su01-pm).

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How to cite this page:

Geoff Watson, 'Amateurism and professionalism - Amateurism in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/38003/roadside-stories-world-record-holder-peter-snell-1962 (accessed 14 December 2019)

Story by Geoff Watson, published 5 Sep 2013