McEvedy Shield

The McEvedy Shield is an annual athletics competition held in Wellington, New Zealand, for four of the region's boys' secondary schools. It was first held in 1922 and has become one of the highlights of the sporting calendar for the schools involved. The wooden shield, which is presented to the winning school, was donated in by Dr Patrick F. McEvedy to promote the spirit of athletic competition between the participating colleges. An old boy of St Patrick's College, Wellington, Dr McEvedy went on to represent England in rugby union.

The 2018 competition was won by Wellington College on Tuesday 6 March at Newtown Park, winning 4 titles in a row, and marking their 52nd McEvedy victory, out of 94 meetings.

The shield was donated by Patrick Francis McEvedy (1880-1935) in 1922. McEvedy attended St Patrick's, Wellington, from 1895 to 1898, before going to Guy's Hospital in London to train as a doctor. He toured New Zealand in 1904 with Bedell-Sivwright's British team and again in 1908 with the Anglo-Welsh team. He later returned to Wellington and was Wellington Rugby Football Union President 1931-1933 and NZRFU President 1934-1935.

The competition features fourteen track and field events across four age groups - under 14 years, under 15 years, under 16 years, under 17 and over 17 years. For each event in each age group, four points are awarded for first place, three points for second place, two points for third place and one point for fourth place.

100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, 1500 metres, and 3000 metres, 80 metre hurdles, 100 metre hurdles, 110 metre hurdles and 4 x 100 metres relay.

High jump, long jump, triple jump, javelin, discus and shot put.

This page was last edited on 23 May 2018, at 06:06 (UTC).
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