Story: Amateurism and professionalism

Peter Snell, 1962

Peter Snell, 1962

World champion middle-distance runner Peter Snell beats fellow New Zealander John Davies in the mile (1.61-kilometre) race during the 1962 Perth Empire and Commonwealth Games. Snell took gold medals for both this event and the 880 yards (805 metres). In January 1962 he had set world records for the mile and 880 yards and 800 metres in New Zealand. Snell worked for the next 12 years for a tobacco company. At that time paid employment was a relatively common means for New Zealand athletes to retain their amateur status.

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Geoff Watson, 'Amateurism and professionalism - Amateurism in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2019)

Story by Geoff Watson, published 5 Sep 2013