Middle Distance Training Hub launched
Hot on the heels of New Zealand’s unprecedented achievement of qualifying three men for an Olympic 1500m an exciting initiative is to be launched which it is hoped will aid the development of the next generation of Kiwi middle-distance athletes.
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Rio team finalised
We named the remaining four athletes to make up our team heading to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games recently. Congratulations to Alana Barber, Hamish Carson, Julian Matthews and Lucy Oliver.
Olympic history made
Bring on the Olympics
Not long to go now to “The Greatest Show on Earth”. With plenty of drama, highs, lows and pure entertainment this is a fantastic opportunity to sit back and enjoy the spectacle. You’ll be able to follow our leading athletes battling it out in Rio. To keep up to date with all the information you’ll need for the Olympics head to our Rio 2016 Olympics page
Support our Rio athletes
Athletics NZ is running a Facebook competition to find the best support videos and pictures in the country. So get your club together and get creative to show your club is the biggest supporter of our Athletics team. Post your videos or pictures of support to the Athletics NZ Facebook page for the chance to win a visit from one of the team and a $500 equipment voucher for your club. Remember to use the competition hashtag #weareathletics
There are two chances to win:
Athletes Choice: The video or picture the Athletics NZ Olympics & Paralympic athletes like the most.
Peoples Choice: The video or picture that gets the most likes on Facebook.
The competition is open until September 18 2016 - the end of the Paralympics.
Click for the poster and terms and conditions!
Road to Rio Blogs
We’ve had the last pre-Rio blogs in the Road to Rio series from Tom Walsh and Angie Petty. Tomorrow we'll have a final blog from hurdler Cameron French who didn't quite make it to Rio.Check out our Road to Rio blog series and follow the athletes on their paths to the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.
Track & Field Odds
To make things interesting, here are some
TAB Track & Field odds
There’s been more overseas action since the last issue of Athletics in Action.
The World U20 Track & Field Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland resulted in some very good performances by the Kiwi team. Head to NZL at the World U20 Champs
We've also seen more Diamond League success for Valerie Adams, Tom Walsh and Eliza McCartney in Europe.
The excitement of Rio 2016 is only 15 days away for athletics fans, so start getting ready to take on the action and follow our team.
The Olympics will be followed quickly by the amazing Rio Paralympics with eight of our athletes in action.
We also have the World Mountain Running Champs in September and look out also for the remaining four IAAF Diamond League meets in September which will feature Kiwis.
That’s enough to keep athletics fans excited! Now just enjoy it!
Athletics NZ Coach Membership opens up a big range of benefits and opportunities! If you are a coach and not yet an Athletics NZ Coach Member, check out all the benefits and join up online.
Athletics NZ 2016 Jumps Conference
If you’re into jumps, mark down 30 Sept – 2 Oct on your Calendar! We’ll be hosting our 2016 Athletic NZ Jumps Conference in Christchurch that weekend. If you are interested in high, long or triple jumping, you should make the effort to be there.
Find out more and sign up for the conference
Throwers getting it together
Athletics New Zealand’s Throwsfest 2016 is a merger of the very successful Hammerfest and Shot Put Discus Camp events from last season, bringing it all together in one massive get-together for throwers (beginners to experts) and coaches. It’s straight after the New Zealand Secondary schools champs in Auckland. Love throwing? Then get to Throwsfest!
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Combined Events development tour with Les Gramantik
One of the world’s leading combined events coaches, Les Gramantik will be in New Zealand at the beginning of the summer season and is holding a series of workshops in Auckland and Christchurch. These will be excellent for coaches and athletes interested in the development of combined event athletes.
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Recent updates and announcements from our HP department:
2016 IAU 100km World Champs Policy released
2016 IAU Trail World Champs reps announced
2016 Australian XC Champs entry info
2016 IAU Trail World Championships
2016/2017 Event Group Plans
Paralympics team announced
Other recent HP news can be found HERE
We’ll have a number of our resources for sale at Club Connect, so if you would like a copy of the latest Almanac, a full IAAF Competition Rules handbook, the newly printed The Referee or any of our coaching manuals and resources, make sure you visit the resource table while you are there. Alternatively, head to our Online Shop