3 October 2013



Welcome to the first issue of Athletics in Action for 2013.


New look Athletics in Action

With our new website and database now operating, we’re ready to resume Athletics in Action. We listened to your comments in the survey we conducted and have made some changes.
We aim to publish much more frequently (every two weeks) with a couple of main articles and some other small snippets of useful information. We’ve also split off Club, Coaches and Officials information into specialised, targeted newsletters, so while it appears smaller than the previous version, we’ll be communicating with your more frequently and in a more effective manner. 


NZ classic relay great success

This weekend the annual National Road Relay Championships returns to the iconic Takahe to Akaroa route on the South Island. Steve Landells discovers what makes the event such a special part of the fabric of the New Zealand athletics calendar.  
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New website & new look

We’ve got a new website with a brand new look and many features that are going to be rolled out progressively. It’s still www.athletics.org.nz but you'll certainly notice some differences.
We think it’s a big improvement on our previous website which was eight years old.
Until we get the Events Calendar running smoothly, we are still using the Zeus Calendar. It’s the first item on the EVENTS tab on our new website.
If you have the old website (or pages on the old site) bookmarked or linked, you may need to redo those links to the new ones.
Athletics NZ website


Coming up

The next six months is a busy period for our sport. Many of us will be involved as participants, organisers, officials and coaches over the winter season. Here's what's coming up soon:

5 Oct       NZ Road Relay Champs

16 Nov    NZ Long Dist Race Walk Champs

7-8 Dec   NZ Secondary Schools Champs

New Board members

Welcome to the two new members on the Athletics NZ Board, Roger Carruthers and Nicki Sutherland. You can read more about Roger & Nicki, and the other Board Members on the Board Members page 


Why I love athletics

TVNZ news anchor Simon Dallow has had a long standing affiliation to athletics. He spoke to Athletics in Action about his love of the sport and how it forms a great grounding for life.
“I grew up around athletics tracks. My earliest memories were not sand at the beach, but sand pits at the track. Athletics was the baby sitter while my dad competed. My dad was a thrower, in the same era as Les Mills. 
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New member database

Athletics New Zealand has been using a new member management system since April this year. The system is provided by IMG (the multi-national sport management organisation). All members of the sport have been transferred into the new system and Centres and some clubs are using it already.
It’s going to be a very useful tool for clubs, centres and Athletics NZ to keep track of our 20,000 members and communicate effectively with the many groups within the sport.
If you are a member, you’ll be provided with a login to maintain your contact details and you will be able to enter Athletics NZ events using your login.



Did you know?

The last time Valerie Adams was beaten in a shot put competition was in Zurich on August 18, 2010. She has the longest unbeaten streak of any current international athlete. Meanwhile, the last shot defeat inflicted on Jacko Gill came just four days later on August 22, 2010 at the Youth Olympics in Singapore. Since then Valerie has racked up 42 successive shot victories and Jacko has put together a winning streak of 23 straight shot triumphs.

Rocktape discount offer

Rocktape is an international leader in Kinesiology Tape created with the athlete in mind. It can be used for injury management, prevention and performance enhancement. Rocktape is an official supplier to Athletics NZ as well as the USA and UK track teams. Rocktape would like to extend a 10% discount to Athletics NZ members. Click on the Roctape image below and enter coupon code "athleticsnz" at checkout.




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