George Davidson (athlete)

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George Davidson
George Davidson 1920.jpg
George Davidson in 1920
Personal information
Born (1898-10-08)8 October 1898
Auckland, New Zealand
Died 25 September 1948(1948-09-25) (aged 49)
Piopio, New Zealand
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Total 0 0 0 0 0
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1919–1922 Auckland
Source: RLP

George Davidson (8 October 1898 – 25 September 1948) was a New Zealand sprinter and rugby league player. He competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics and finished fifth in the 200 metres competition.[1] He also participated in the 100 metres event where he was eliminated in the quarter-finals. His Olympic participation was hindered due to the time it took to travel from NZ to Belgium for the games. Famous American Athletic coach Ike Kelly said of Davidson, if he was able to coach him for 6 months, he would have turned him into a world champion.[2][3]

Davidson's brothers Bill and Ben both represented New Zealand at rugby league, and George himself played for the City and Maritime clubs in the Auckland Rugby League competition and represented Auckland between 1919 and 1922.[4]


  1. ^ "George Davidson Biography and Olympic Results | Olympics at". 2011. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
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  3. ^ "NZ Olympic Committee". Retrieved 2008-03-24. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.84.

Further reading[edit]

  • McMillan, Neville (1993). New Zealand Sporting Legends: 27 Pre-War Sporting Heroes. Auckland: Moa Beckett. pp. 32–38. ISBN 1-869580-14-1.