Story: Children and sport

Sports day, around 1910

Sports day, around 1910

Boys line up for a handicapped running race during a sports day at Gladys Sommerville's school in Wellington, about 1910. Schools held annual sports days each summer. Students competed in a range of athletic events, including running, skipping, jumping and sack races. Most children looked forward to the day, not least because it was a day out of stuffy classrooms.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Esme Sommerville Collection
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Ben Schrader, 'Children and sport - Early sport, 1860 to 1919', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013