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
To make things interesting, here are some
TAB Track & Field odds
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!
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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?