chapter  7
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In Pursuit of Status, Respectability and Idealism: Pioneers of the Olympic Movement in Australasia

Leonard Albert Cuff was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 28 March 1866. He attended Melville House Private School and Cook's College, Cranmer Square before attending Canterbury Agricultural College where he completed a two-year diploma course in 1882. In 1883 he is first recorded as winning the long jump at the Canterbury Amateur Athletics Club and by 1887 he was a founding member of the New Zealand Amateur Athletics Association (NZAAA) and the driving force behind the development of inter-provincial amateur athletics in New Zealand and the creation of inter-colonial championships involving New Zealand and Australia.