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Weekly Review No. 350 - New Zealanders for the Olympics

Short Film (Full Length) – 1948

This National Film Unit magazine film meets the NZ team for the 1948 London Olympics as they prepare to depart by boat (accompanied by a manager, and a chaperone for the sole female competitor). Each of the seven members is profiled in this reminder of an era when athletes had day jobs, training was 'several hours a day' and swimsuits looked more like impediments than performance aids. A nicely-shot demonstration of weightlifting technique by Maurice Crow is a highlight. Despite the enthusiasm of Selwyn Toogood's voiceover, the team failed to win any medals.

Compared with other nations, our team is small but our motto will be quality not quantity. I am very pleased to tell everybody that our team is starting on this long journey as a happy party. I trust that happiness will carry us through.
– Dave Woodfield (NZ Olympic team manager)