3 November 2016



This may be the first time you have received a copy of Athletics in Action. If it is your first issue, it’s probably because you or a member of your family has recently joined an athletics club. Athletics in Action is a fortnightly e-newsletter sent out on Thursdays full of great articles, interviews with the stars, latest updates and upcoming events in the world of athletics. If you'd no longer like to receive this newsletter you can unsubscribe  using the link at the bottom of this email on the far left.

The summer athletics season is now well under way in most areas, so we're hoping you are having a great time at your club.

The Olympics and Paralympics have done a great job in raising the profile of athletics thanks to the amazing success of our teams in Rio. We at Athletics New Zealand are doing our best to help the sport benefit from this heightened awareness.
In this issue of Athletics in Action, we talk to Kiwi pole vaulter Eliza McCartney about how she got started in athletics and her journey through the sport to an Olympic medal in Rio. We also hear from Eliza and four of our other stars about why they love Athletics.

There’s more in this issue of Athletics in Action, so keep reading.



Why I Love Athletics

We asked five of our top athletes to each give us three reasons why they love the sport of athletics. A similar theme comes through but there are also some surprises in there. 


Member Benefits

One of the great benefits of being a member of an athletics club is our Member Benefits Programme. Click on the link and find out how you can save on accommodation, rental cars, sports gear, sports medical products and more, just by being a member of your local athletics club. And there’s more to come. Look out for new member benefits partners starting soon! 


A helping hand for your club

Every athletic club needs a band of volunteers to help the club run smoothly. The best clubs all have a solid group of people in various roles to help create a good experience for members and the biggest pool of helpers usually comes from parents. Your club would love it if you offered to take on a role (however small) to make things go well. Get in touch with one of the committee members next time you are at the club, or if the club asks for help, please put your hand up. Check out the Coaching Corner section (below) to see how you could be involved in this areas.


Coaching Corner

At this time of year there are lots of opportunities to improve your skills in coaching. Whether you want to start helping out at your local children’s club or have ambitions to coach an athlete to the Olympics, we have courses for you that will help you get there. Check out our new Online Coaching module Starting Out as a Coach  or have a look at the Coaching Section of our website. 
If you are planning on coaching athletics this year at any level, it’s a good idea to get on board with an Athletics NZ Coach Membership. It opens up a big range of benefits and opportunities! If you are a coach (or would like to be a coach) and not yet an Athletics NZ Coach Member, check out all the benefits and Join up Online


Upcoming NZ Championship Events

The final Athletics NZ championship event for 2016 will be the NZ Long Distance Race Walking Championships in Timaru on 13 November. There's a cool video  fly-through of the course with a drone on the event page.
NZ Masters Athletics hold the North and South Island Championships on two weekends in late November and then we move to the NZ Secondary Schools Track & Field and Road Champs in Auckland on the weekend of 2-4 December.


Where to find what you need

We have so much information for members and fans, it can sometimes seem a little daunting, so here are some quick links:


Previous issues of AiA

If you are new to Athletics in Action and would like to check out some previous issues, head to Athletics in Action


What's next?

November 2016
13     NZ LD Race Walking Champs   Timaru
18-20  South Island Masters Champs  Timaru
25-27  North Island Masters Ch   Palm North

December 2016
2-4   NZ Sec School T&F Champs    Waitakere

January 2017
6-8   North Island Colgate Games    Hastings
13-15 Sou
th Island Colgate Games







How did Eliza McCartney make it to the top?

Following her bronze medal-winning success in Rio 2016, Eliza McCartney’s profile in New Zealand and around the world has soared her into another stratosphere. Here the Kiwi vaulting superstar chats to Steve Landells about her journey to the Olympic podium. 
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Colgate Games

The Colgate Games are undoubtably one of the highlights of the children's athletics calendar . The 2017 Colgate Games will be in Hastings (North Island Games) 6-8 January and Invercargill (South Island Games) 13-15 January. The Colgates are for children aged 7-14 (at 31 Dec 2016) and are fun events that are often part of family summer holidays. Entries can only be made through clubs so if you are interested, get in touch with your club. For more information, head to North Island Colgate Games or South Island Colgate Games


Secondary Schools News 

In four weeks 1500 Secondary School athletes will be descending on Douglas Track & Field in Waitakere, Auckland for the NZ Secondary Schools Track & Field and Road Race Championships on 2-4 December. The biggest athletics championship meeting in New Zealand, the NZ Secondary Schools are a fantastic event, showcasing the best young athletes in New Zealand, offering excitement, drama and athletic excellence. Entry is through schools and if you are an athletics fan, get to Waitakere in December.
Read More


Masters Action

We have a big contingent of masters athletes taking part in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Perth which finish on Saturday. Here’s where you can find World Masters Champs Results. We’ll have many medallists returning home  with gold, silver and bronze and resetting their goals for the North or South Island champs later in November and maybe for the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland next April. These athletes continue to inspire many younger athletes, so well done to all the Masters athletes.


Rankings & Records

The Rankings & Records section of our website has had a facelift, just in time for summer. With over 69,500 performances by more than 3,500 athletes, this is a fantastic source of information, It's one of the most popular sections of our web-based service to our members and fans with almost half a million page views over the last 12 months. Note: you may have to clear your browser cache the first time you visit the updated site to see the new pages in all their glory.
Rankings and Records web pages 


Throwsfest 2016

Throwers – four days of athletics just for you! Athletics New Zealand’s Throwsfest 2016 brings together throwers and coaches (beginners to experts) from all over the country (and Australia). It’s straight after the New Zealand Secondary Schools Champs in Auckland. We’ve just announced big discounts for groups and numbers are filling up, so check it out. Love throwing? Then get to Throwsfest!
Find out more ...



If you would like a copy of the latest Athletics NZ Almanac, a full IAAF Competition Rules handbook, The Referee, a copy of the IAAF Combined Events scoring tables or any of our coaching manuals and resources, head to our Online Shop.


HP Topics

Recent updates and announcements from our HP department:
2018 Athletics NZ Commonwealth  Games Statement
2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Nomination Criteria
2017 IAAF World Cross Country Champs Selection Policy
2017 IAU 24hr World Champs Selection Policy  
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 (new)
   Official Focus Newsletter 
   Athletics NZ website (updated)
   Athletics NZ High Performance (updated)
   Athletics NZ Rankings & Records (new)






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