7 Sept 2017





We thought that spring was upon us, but the weather played a trick on the competitors and officials at the NZ Road Championships last weekend in Christchurch, with cold, windy and wet conditions challenging everyone. The weather made for some very tactical racing and close finishes which entertained the enthusiastic spectators at the Canterbury Agricultural Park. Construction is under way at the park to build the long awaited Christchurch all-weather track to replace the QEII Park track destroyed in the February 2011 earthquake.

Since our last issue one of the NZL team members at the World University Games in Taipei had a podium finish and Tom Walsh bought down the curtain on an outstanding season in Europe.

We're not far from the NZ Road Relay Championships back in Rotorua for 2017. It’s the biggest Athletics NZ championship event on the calendar and will determine to top road running clubs in the country. There are three more New Zealand Championship events in the six weeks following that.

In this issue of Athletics in Action we talk to the top all-round athlete in NZL Aaron Booth, we chat with Oli Chignell after his Athletics NZ cross country title and we catch up with Emerson Deverell for our “Five minutes with …” segment.

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



Oli Chignell fulfills promise to claim NZ title

After enjoying a memorable winter with U20 gold at the New Zealand Cross Country Championships and U20 Road Champs silver, Oli Chignell has emerged as a future star in the making. Steve Landells chats to the Dunedin teenager about his development in the sport and exciting prospects for the years to come.
Read more


Jonathan Wyatt -
new WMRA president

Jonathan Wyatt, New Zealand’s legendary mountain runner, was recently elected as the fourth president of the World Mountain Running Association. Wyatt had a very successful mountain running career, winning the World Mountain Running Championships six times between 1998 and 2008, and also represented New Zealand in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens finishing 21st at the marathon. His interest in sport extends well beyond competition, and he is looking forward to serving in a major leadership role.
Read more


Member Benefits

One of the advantages of belonging to an Athletics NZ affiliated club, and automatically becoming a member of Athletics NZ, is that you and your family can access the Athletics NZ Member Benefits programme. The programme can save you money on accommodation, rental cars, insurance, sports gear, sports medical products and more, just by being a member of your local athletics club. We feature some of our Member Benefits Partners below.
Read more ...


Hertz Rentals

Planning a journey to an event soon or maybe a holiday? Does your group have rental vans sorted for Road Relay Champs or NZ Secondary Schools Champs yet? Remember that Athletics NZ members receive a 15% discount with Hertz.
Find out more 


Sports Distributors

To show their commitment to athletics, Sports Distributors are offering all Athletics New Zealand members 15% OFF selected athletics gear! Simply insert the promo code: ATHNZ15  when you are checking out. 
Get the good pricing here


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:


What's next?

September 2017
30    NZ Road Relay Champs      Rotorua

October 2017
7      NZ 24 hour championships    Auckland
22    NZ Long Dist Walks Champs    Timaru

November 2017
18     NZ Half Marathon Champs     Kerikeri

December 2017
1      NZ Secondary School Champs     Hastings



About Athletics in Action

Athletics in Action is a fortnightly e-newsletter, usually sent out on Thursdays full of great articles, profiles, interviews with athletes, 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.







Booth's journey to Uni Games podium

Aaron Booth was New Zealand’s star performer at the recent World University Games in Taipei city winning an unexpected bronze medal. Steve Landells chats to the promising decathlete about his career development and future aspirations. Read more


Five minutes with Emerson Deverell

National U20 Road Race champion and NZL mountain running representative Emerson Deverell has an exciting future ahead of her. Here the teenager from Hamilton City Hawks Athletics offers a glimpse into her world by answering our Five Minutes With questions..
Read more


2017 NZ Road Champs

Tactical racing and close finishes were the order of the day last weekend in Christchurch at the NZ Road Championships. Daniel Balchin retained his senior men’s title while Olivia Burne won her first women’s Road Champs title. There were some great contests in the Junior and masters events as well
Full and Teams results
NZ Road Champs report
Detailed NZ Road Champs story


Summer 2018 programme

It won’t be long until the summer season is upon us so it’s a good chance to have a look at what the summer has in store. Summer 2018 will be an exciting season with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on our doorstep. With a few events still to be confirmed, check out the major events on the New Zealand calendar.


World University Games

A team of 11 athletes competed at the World University Games in Taipei recently. Aaron Booth was the only Kiwi medallist at the Games (read about Aaron in this issue). For a full run-down on how the Kiwis went head to our 
World Uni Games dedicated page.


Next Athletics NZ Championship events

Entries are open for the next New Zealand championship event - the NZ Road Relay Championships in Rotorua on 30 September. Entries are also open for the Athletics NZ 24 hour Championships in Auckland on 7 October, the NZ Long Distance Walks Championships  in Timaru on 22 October and the NZ 24 hour Championships in Kerikeri on 18 November.


Coaching Corner

There are lots of coaching events coming up for the various event groups all around New Zealand over coming months.  

  • Regional Relay Clinics continuing at various venues through September 
  • HPAD Camp (invited PPS athletes and their coaches) Auckland 29 Sept-1 October 2017
  • National Sprints & Relays Camp Papakura 13-15 October 2017 
  • Hurdles Invited Coaches Forum, Auckland 6-8 October 2017
  • Hanmer Springs Emerging Talent Camp 21-23 October 2017
  • Race Walking Coaches Forum, in conjunction with the Long Distance Walks Championships in Timaru 21-23 October 2017

Find out more about our Event Group Plans

If you are involved in coaching in any capacity  from helping out at your local club to coaching Olympians, you’ll benefit from an Athletics NZ Coach Membership. Athletics NZ Coach Memberships for the 2017/18 season are now available! Make the most of the support Athletics NZ offers 
Renew Your Membership   or  Join Online now!


Official Chat

We’ve updated much of the information on the Officials pages of our website, so have a look around.
Online Athletics NZ Officials Membership  registrations are now open for the 2017/2018 season.  Join as an official

We have a limited number of IAAF Rule Books remaining (price reduced from $27.50 to $12.50).
The Referee and IAAF Combined Events Scoring Tables are also available..
Head to our Online Shop


High Performance Topics

Check out the latest updates from our High performance team HERE.


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


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 (updated)
   Athletics NZ High Performance (updated)
   Athletics NZ Rankings & Records (updated)






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