11 August 2016




What a big weekend we've just had! 
The NZ and Oceania Cross Country Champs were a blast, if a little muddy, the Athletics NZ Club Connect club conference was fantastic and very helpful for the clubs and the Athletics NZ AGM was held.
We now roll straight into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. We’re really excited about the Games with a team of 14 NZL athletes competing and action starting in the early hours of Saturday. It's our biggest team since Atlanta in 1996. More about the Games further on in this issue. 
But it's not far to the next NZ championship event, the NZ Road Champs in Masterton in three weeks and the start of the summer season is sneaking up very quickly too.
In this issue we talk to one of our Rio team members who who made her world champs debut last year in Beijing and will be at her first Olympics. We also look back
with a surprise Kiwi medallist to the Munich Olympics, memorable for many reasons and we chat to a Kiwi sports presenter about his passion for athletics.
There’s lots more in this issue of Athletics in Action, so keeping reading.



Rod Dixon remembers Munich Olympics 

As New Zealand prepares to have a full complement of three athletes start in the men’s 1500m for the first time in Olympic Games history. Steve Landells reflects with Rod Dixon on his breakthrough bronze medal won over the metric mile at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
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NZ Cross Country Champs 

Rod Dixon (story above) won two NZ Cross Country titles. The first in 1971 (the year before his Olympic bronze in Munich and the second in 1977. 
On Sunday the NZ senior titles went to Laura Nagel and Jono Jackson as first time winners. There were lots of other great performances as well. Check out Murray McKinnon's very comprehensive report in this week's Weekly Round-up.
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Bluebridge member discounts

Athletics New Zealand members receive a 10% discount on Bluebridge Ferries. If you are a member of a club, you are entitled to 10% off any available Bluebridge fare, excluding the summer peak period.
Find out more about this great offer on our Member Benefits page.


More Member benefits

Looking for some good deals? Athletics New Zealand's Member Benefits offer discounts on Travel, Accommodation, Rental cars, Rotorua Marathon and more. 
Check out our Member Benefits page


Big weekend in Auckland

The Club Connect Conference, Athletics NZ AGM  and the 2016 NZ Cross Country Champs were all held last  weekend in Auckland. 
Our very useful Club Connect Annual Club Conference kicked things of on the Saturday with over 80 people in attendance for what many said was the best and most useful club conference yet. The Athletics NZ AGM was on Sunday morning and we capped off the weekend with the
NZ and Oceania Cross Country Champs in Auckland Domain.


News from the AGM

Congratulations to new Athletics NZ President Peter Maunder of Wellington. Former Olympian and Board member Dianne Rodger was elected Vice President and John Tylden was elected the club representative on the Board Appointments Panel. Life Membership was bestowed on Mhyre Oman, while Merit Awards went to Ian Babe, Steve Hollings and John McBreartyRead more
If you haven't had a look at the  Athletics NZ Annual Report it has a lot about what Athletics NZ has been up to over the last 12 months.


Upcoming NZ Championship Events

Just three weeks to the NZ Road Championships on 3 September in Masterton and then on to Rotorua for the Road Relay Champs on 1 October. On the same day, in Auckland we'll be holding the inaugural Athletics NZ 24 hour championships.


What's next?

August 2016
12   Rio 2016 Olympics     Rio de Janiero

September 2016
3     NZ Road Championships    Masterton
7     Rio 2016 Paralympics   Rio de Janiero
11   World Mountain Running Champs  Hungary

October 2016
1     NZ Road Relay Champs   Rotorua
1     NZ 24 hour Championships   Auckland






Alana Barber determined to improve

Alana Barber faces the biggest test of her career in eight days when she takes to the start line for the 20km Race Walk at the Rio Olympics. The Aucklander tells Steve Landells why the changes implemented over the past 12 months have made her a better athlete. 
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Why I love Athletics - James McOnie

The Crowd Goes Wild reporter James McOnie likes to play for laughs but as Athletics in Action discovered he is deadly serious about his passion for athletics. Here he brings you seven reasons why track and field rocks.
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Rio 2016! It's here!

The Greatest Show on Earth” Athletics Olympic Athletics programme starts on Friday 12 August (that's Saturday 13 August in NZ).
It's a quick start for Team NZL with Valerie Adams, Quentin Rew and Nikki Hamblin in action on Day 1.  There will be guaranteed drama, surprises, highs, lows and pure entertainment in the 10 days of Athletics, so 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, 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 heard last week from hurdler Cameron French that he was unsuccessful in his quest to make the Olympics. Check out his blog at  Road to Rio  and look back at the blogs of Angie Petty, Tom Walsh and Anna Grimaldi on their paths to the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.


Track & Field Odds

o make things interesting, here are some 
TAB Track & Field odds


International Action

It's been fairly quiet since the last issue of Athletics in Action with our Under 20 team back home and on Rio Olympians in their final preparations, but that's about to change!
The excitement of Rio 2016 starts Saturday morning, so start getting ready to take in 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.


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!
Find out more ...


HP Topics

Recent updates and announcements from our HP department:
2016 IAU 100km World Champs vacancy
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


Are you up to date?

We want to keep all our members and fans right up to date with all the important news and happenings in the sport. Check out the latest offerings:

   Weekly Round-up (new)
   Club Chat Newsletter
   Official Focus Newsletter
   Athletics NZ website
   Athletics NZ High Performance
   Athletics NZ Rankings & Records








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