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Syd Lindsay, one of the pioneer members of the Southland Boxing Association, who assisted the sport to develop and take a leading place in New Zealand. Syd Lindsay may not have been a foundation member when the association was formed in 1907, but his entry in the early years of the century was quickly marked by successful organisation and an enthusiasm which carried it far.
Oddly enough, he broke his association with the administration side of the sport in 1939-40 when it was forced into liquidation following the disastrous collapse of the stage seating on the Civic Theatre a mishap which the association could not afford to fix.
Syd assisted with the promotion of many top-line amateur tournaments matched many of the leading professionals of the day and supervised New Zealand championships.
The boxing entity went through a real downer in the 1960's and if it was not for the likes of Syd, Son Tall and Morris Wilson, who tackled financial problems, and saw that more than once it took two nights to get through the Southland amateur championships.
Some of the men that also contributed a lot to the sport were; Sandy Burn, Tom Henry, Cecil Dixon, Alf Dixon, Mick Ward, Sandy Dallas, George Rogerson, Sandy Hannon, Bill Hannon, Norman McGorlick, Arthur Courtis, Bill Gellatly, Jack Vicery, Fred Johnston, Alf Fyffe, (the man who took Les Murray to America), Eric Robertson, Jack Gilbertson (secretary), Dave Stalker (Southland representative on the New Zealand Boxing Council), Wally Sycamore, Bill Powley, Sam Wilcox, Tom Meredith and Pat Hughes.
Syd Lindsay also loved his gun dog sport and wrestling, and was one of the inaugural members of the Southland Gun Dog Club, where he was elected a life member.
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