8 March 2018




Congratulations Tom Walsh – World Indoor Shot Put Chamion!

The Jennian Homes New Zealand Track and Field Championships in Hamilton this weekend will be the highlight of the season for hundreds of athletes. Good luck if you are competing, coaching, officiating or supporting – all key roles and exciting experiences.

There’s lots of other action happening right now, so whatever you are doing athletically for the rest of the summer, have a great time.

In this issue of Athletics in Action we focus on three young athletes who will all be competing this weekend at the Jennian Homes NZ Track & Field Champs. We chat with sprinter  Olivia Eaton on her recent excellent form, we talk to NZ Under 20 800m runner  James Preston and we catch up with Hawkes Bay’s  Georgia Hulls for our “Five minutes with  …” segment and lots more.



James Preston back on track after injuries

Promising middle-distance talent James Preston has re-emerged to the competitive arena following an injury-riddled 2017. Here the Wellington-based two-lap athlete tells Steve Landells about his difficult journey and why he now believes he is a much-improved athlete.
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Commonwealth Games

The latest from the Commonwealth Games team has seen some good and bad news. We’ve had discus thrower Siositina Hakeai added to the team (and reaching her conditional performance last night) and hammer thrower Julia Ratcliffe reaching the conditional requirements of her selection. On the other side of the ledger, we’ve had the withdrawl of 1500m star Nick Willis forced out of the team by injury.
Hakeai added to Gold Coast team 
Nick Willis forced to pull out of Games team


Athletics NZ teams up with 2XU

The medal hopes of New Zealand’s top track and field athletes have received a boost, with the announcement of a new partnership between Athletics New Zealand and the world’s leading compression and high-performance sportswear brand, 2XU.
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Athlete Rankings

We’ve now logged almost  83,000 individual performances by over 4,000 athletes in our Athletics NZ Rankings! The rankings section of our website features athlete profiles, yearly ranking lists, all-time lists and NZ records.
Check out what our rankings look like on the eve of the national championships. 

Athletics NZ Rankings website
As athletes change clubs and coaches, our statistician likes to keep the information as up to date as possible, so if you or an athlete you coach needs their club or coach updating, please get them to contact  our statistician Steve Hollings


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 travel, 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.

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Executive Travel offers a personalised service delivered 24/7 utilising state-of-art technology with traveller safety always top of mind. We employ the best in the business with the expertise and knowledge to cover all your travel needs from start to finish and back. Athletics NZ members will receive contracted discounts on applicable published airfares on Air New Zealand when attending events or conferences endorsed by Athletics NZ.


If you’re looking for places to stay for your next event, work trip or holiday, why not try Choice Hotels! Our member benefits partner Choice Hotel Group offer Athletics NZ members, family and friends 15% discount on accommodation. Tick  SC15  and quote Client ID 00288970 when booking online or by phone.
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Get first aid training from New Zealand Red Cross at special Athletics NZ member prices for individual and group bookings.
Book a course now at New Zealand Red Cross


What's next?

March 2018
9-11    NZ T&F Championships            Hamilton
14       Timaru Super Shot                    Timaru
16       The Big Shot                             Christchurch
17       NZ Mountain Running Champs  Wanaka
18       SKYCITY Vertical Pursuit          Auckland
25       International Track Challenge    Auckland
31       Grade 12/13 Interprovincial       Inglewood

April 2018
8-15   Commonwealth Games              Gold Coast



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Olivia Eaton burning up the track

Sprint ace Olivia Eaton has proved one of the breakout New Zealand performers of the 2018 summer campaign. Steve Landells caught up with the Taranaki 200m speedster about her stunning progression.
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Five Minutes With Georgia Hulls

National Under 20 400m champion Georgia Hulls is among a crop of very exciting young female sprinters in New Zealand. Here the former World U18 and U20 representative from Hastings AC takes time out to answer our Five Minutes With questions.
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Gold at World Indoor Champs for Walsh

Tom Walsh performed outstandingly at the World Indoor Championships at the weekend in Birmingham, winning the title and repeating his victory from the last championships in Portland 2016. Tom’s new championship record of 22.31m is also a New Zealand record and his best ever throw – indoors or outdoors. Eliza McCartney showed she is back to her best ahead of the Commonwealth Games with a 4.75m clearance, picking up fourth place.
Walsh wins second indoor title   
McCartney finishes fourth   
Weekly Round-up


Big weekend at NZ Masters T&F Champs

Well done to all the Masters Athletes putting in a big weekend at their national championships in Whangarei. Some fantastic performances and a great athletics meeting.
NZMA Champs results


Jennian Homes NZ Track & Field Championships

The Jennian Homes NZ Track and Field Championships start tomorrow in Hamilton!
Find out more  HERE
Men's track preview
Women's track preview
Field events preview
Live results


Athletics NZ International Series coming soon

We've got a big Athletics NZ International Series set to go straight after the national championships in March leading up to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
   Four Meetings
   Four Cities
   Eleven Days
Timaru Super Shot, The Big Shot, SKYCITY Vertical Pursuit,, Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Challange
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Rotorua Marathon entries coming in fast

We’re really excited by the way entries are coming in for the Rotorua Marathon events on 5 May. The Half Marathon course at Rotorua Marathon has had a big facelift with the course now heading into some great trails in the Whakarewarewa forest. You are going to love this!  Check out the new course
If you're thinking about running the full Rotorua Marathon, don’t forget the special for Athletics NZ members. 
If you are a member of an affiliated Athletics NZ club, you can get $15 off the entry fee. Enter now!


High Performance Topics

Recent updates from the HP department
2018 Oceania Polynesian Champs

2018 International options for Under 18 athletes
You can check out all the latest updates from our High Performance team HERE.


Coaching Corner

Following on from the very successful Distance Emerging Talent camp at Hanmer Springs, the Athletics New Zealand Distance Event Group is running a camp at Rotorua from Wednesday 25 April - Friday 27 April 2018.
This camp is targeted at upper secondary school-aged athletes and their coaches, with a focus on the key foundations for emerging athletes preparing for the cross country season. 
Register by completing this Online form Registrations close 5pm Friday 16th March. For further information, please contact 
HP Distance Coach Maria Hassan


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