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The Gisborne Photo News



Italian Roller Skating Champions

A team of four Italian roller skating champions thrilled Gisborne audiences at Alfred Cox Park when they visited the city during their month-long New Zealand tour.

The team consisted of Loretta Mangili, 20 year-old figure skater, her partner, Antonio Erlo, and two speed champions, Vittorio de Cesaris and Franco Bertolini.

The visitors were a little troubled by the small size of the Gisborne rink, but soon adapted themselves and turned on polished performances.

New Zealand champions Lorraine Martin and Ken Aberhart (formerly of Gisborne), also performed.


Speed champions Cesaris and Bertolini warm up at Alfred Cox Park, followed by artistic skater Erlo.


Erlo and Loretta Mangili practise a lift


The artistic pair in action



The four Italian champions. From left: Antonio Erlo, Loretta Mangili, Franco Bertolini, and Vittorio de Cessaris.


In an interview with Herald reporter Paul Jones (right), Mrs A. Moleta, of Ormond Road, acted as interpreter for the visitors. At left is the tour manager, Mr L. Horsfall.


Local skaters pictured with the visitors. From left: Antonio Erlo, Loretta Mangili, Lorraine Martin (N.Z. champion), Susan Crosby, Barbara Scott, Jillian Tune, Margaret Ensor, Elizabeth Gooch, Cheryl Clayton, and Suzanne Rhodes. In front: Wendy Atkinson, Judith Crosby, and Judith Atkinson.