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There is an interesting episode related further down this page - Gervas was a life-member of the Achilles Club, and always took an interest. In 1958 he wrote to the other eight members in Northern Rhodeisa with an interesting proposal. See below.
Text below in blue is by kind courtesy of Paul Willcox, Hon. Sec. of the Achilles Club.
Gervas at Lancing
New College team photograph
The trophy between Gervas' feet (a baton with engraved silver bands), signifies his part in Oxford's win in the 4 x 120y hurdles in the Oxford v Cambridge Relays match. The trophy (on which Gervas' name can be found) is still awarded annually.
GCRC behind Burghley
GCRC still behind Burghley
Oxford University Athletics Club team, 1929. Gervas was a Half Blue
Gervas's best year as an athlete seems to have been 1929 (aged 22), when he was 2nd string in the Varsity Match 120y hurdles, gained a Standard Medal at the AAA Championships at 440y hurdles, and won the 120y hurdles for Achilles in a match against Wales at Swansea on 24th August (time 16 3/5 sec)
He competed in early 1930 before setting sail for Africa, placing 2nd at 120y hurdles for Achilles v Sussex at Brighton on 21st May and 3rd at 440y hurdles and 2nd at 120y hurdles v Atalanta and the Universities Union at Birmingham on 24th May.
Gervas's medals and cups are held by Eric Clay, the son of Gervas's youngest son Crispin. Eric lives near - erm - Cambridge.
3. I hope in reading this letter you will appreciate that I am writing from the strictly athletic, and non-political, standpoint!
4. No country, in these days of acute international competition, can afford not to be represented by the best amateur athletes it can produce. If at some future date we could persuade "athletics" to break away from the Union of South Africa, we could ask for and obtain the holding of the Empire Games within the Federation.
5. I do not think that there is much hope today of holding open competitions between black and white, though both are now catered for to some extent by their own meetings.
6. I do believe the time has come to encourage both white and black to take an interest in the others' performances as a first step towards producing an athletic team for competition in international contests, without regard to colour, such as the Olympic and Empire Games.
7. I have given the matter a great deal of thought, and I believe that we should give a trophy for a schoolboy competition between towns on a relay basis between teams of four, two of whom would be European and two African.
8. The effect of such a competition would be to have crowds of supporters shouting encouragement for their team regardless of whether the runner was black or white. It would mean that the schools themselves in each town would take an interest in the sports of the school of the other colour, and that competitors would have to meet beforehand and practise baton-changing together.
9. I believe a start could be made with Lusaka, Livingstone, and perhaps Broken Hill and Ndola, and that the Copperbelt would fall into line later. I think the competition would have to be run, with our help, by the schools in our towns, and I think we should keep matters on as local a basis as possible to begin with (i.e. I don't think we should go to ministerial level to get approval.)
10. You will of course remember that Object 2(c) of our Constitution is "to encourage relay and team racing."
11 If funds were required for travelling expenses and for representative vests for competitors, I think we could get help from the Cultural and Sporting Board for travelling expenses and from the Municipalities for representative vests
12. Would you please let me know whether:
13. Meanwhile, would you please treat this letter as confidential until we see how much support I have among you
G. C. R. CLAY.
Sent to the following eight people – Gervas was the ninth NR member of the Achilles Club.
I.R. Menzies, D.S.C.
N.S. Price, O.B.E.
I have found no other documents related to this, not a single reply.