McWhirter's persistence rewarded with title
Recently appointed New Zealand Marathon champion Blair McWhirter was a comparatively late-starter to running. However, as Steve Landells discovered, the Sumner Running Club athlete is more than making up for lost time.
Five Minutes With Ben Langton Burnell
Ben Langton Burnell is currently New Zealand’s javelin number one. Here the 2017 World Championship and 2018 Commonwealth Games athlete answers our Five Minutes With posers.
After two rounds if the IAAF Diamond League (Doha and Shanghai), we’ve had just one Kiwi athlete in action. Dame Valerie Adams competed in Shanghai last weekend picking up 8th place. Coming up soon, we'll see World Shot Put Champion Tom Walsh headlining a stellar men’s shot put field at the Prefontaine Classic next weekend in Eugene. Eliza McCartney will also be competing in upcoming Diamond League meets and Nick Willis could be in action later in the season.
The World Racewalking Team Championships in Taicang, China saw two Kiwis in action with Alana Barber performing outstandingly to improve her NZ 20km record, while Quentin Rew got a top 10 finish in the men’s 50km race.
Vanuatu was the venue for the Melanesian Championships with a number of Kiwis striving for places in the Oceania team for the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Dominic Overend took out a very good sprint double, Connor Bell won the discus and Kayla Goodwin extended the NZ U18 & U19 triple jump records with a big PB to win the event. Cody House (long jump), Murdoch McIntyre (steeplechase), Charli Miller (800m and steeplechase) and Hannah O’Connor (3000m) picked up top three placings.
And finally, Sam McCutcheon and Mel Aitken were in action at the World 85km Trail Championships in Spain.
For more information about these results, check out our latest two Weekly Roundup issues.
Weekly Roundup 14 May
Weekly Roundup 7 May
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New Regulations proposed
Athletics NZ revised its Constitution some years ago and have just have undertaken a secondary project to revise and update the Regulations to better align with the Constitution as well as responding to changing legal and sport requirements. As a consequence we have now completely revised the Regulations for the consideration of our Membership.
The process for changing Regulations includes a period of 50 days consultation on any proposed changes. We therefore invite Members to consider the set of
Consultation Draft Regulations
We welcome feedback and comment on these draft Regulations by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 4 July, 2018. We will consider the feedback and the Athletics NZ Board will formally agree the final Regulations which will take effect.
Chair Stepping Down
Athletics NZ Chair Annette Purvis will be stepping down from the Athletics NZ Board at the August AGM after an outstanding stint at the helm of the organisation. Annette has been a member of the Board since 2004 and its Chair since 2006.
Applications are invited for Board Members for Appointed and Elected positions on the Board of Athletics New Zealand. One appointed and two elected positions are to be filled this year. Sounds like you or someone you know? Check out the Appoint Better Boards information.
High Performance Topics
Recent updates from the HP Department:
World Mountain Running Champs Team
Team Management vacancies
Oceania CE Championships
2018 World U20 Champs team announced
You can check out all the latest updates from our High Performance team HERE
New Pathway to Podium Programme intake
The 2018 Pathway to Podium (P2P) selections have been finalised. To find out more about the programme at see who is in the squad for check out Pathway to Podium
This weekend the new edition of P2P kicks off with a camp in Auckland for the 26 athletes and their coaches.
Each year there is a vacancy for a position on the Athletics NZ National Officials Committee (NOC). Applications close 31 May.
NOC position details and application form
Where to find what you need
We have a lot of information for members and fans, it can sometimes seem a little daunting to locate what you want on our website, so here are some quick links:
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