31 May 2018





We have lost one of the amazing athletes to have pulled on the black singlet. Olympian and former world record holder Dick Quax passed away on Monday and leaves a big hole in the sport. We have a tribute to Dick from some world-leading athletes in this issue. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held Holy Trinity Cathedral, 446 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland on Saturday 2 June at 1.00pm.

We're only a few weeks away from the biggest Cross Country event of the year - the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships in Taupo. The champs this year will be run on the Spa Park course, the venue for the annual North Island Cross Country Champs. If you are running in Taupo this year, we hope your preparation in going well.

In this issue of Athletics in Action we talk to six top athletes about NZ running legend  Dick Quax who passed away earlier this week. We also chat with Nicole Bradley following her excellent year in the hammer circle, and we catch up with US    based Hannah Miller  for our “Five minutes with …” segment.

The winter season is in full swing with lots of big cross country events coming up soon including the NZ Secondary Schools Champs in Taupo, North and South Island Champs and NZ Champs in Wellington - we hope you are taking part or following the action!



Nicole Bradley - best still to come

Four-time national hammer champion Nicole Bradley has just come off the back of the best season of her career and as the Auckland-based thrower tells Steve Landells, she believes her best is yet to come.
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Award for Vertical Pursuit

We were thrilled to receive the Innovation Excellence Award for Vertical Pursuit at the NZ Sport and Recreation Awards earlier this week. Congratulations to Athletics NZ Events Manager Gareth Archer and the team who puts Vertical Pursuit and all our events together.
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Club Connect 2018

Athletics NZ’s annual club conference – Club Connect will be held in Wellington this year, on Saturday 4 August. This is the day before the New Zealand Cross Country, so there will be lots of club people in town that weekend. The Club Connect programme is designed specifically to assist and support clubs to improve what they do and provide great services to their members. We’d like to see every club represented by at least 1 person at Club Connect this year. Check out the 2018 Club Connect page for more information and to register.


2018 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Athletics NZ will take place on Saturday 4 August in Wellington following on from Club Connect and the day before the NZ Cross Country Championships. Clubs should arrange to have a representative at the AGM. Registration can be completed in the
Club Connect page 
AGM information  


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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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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What's next?

June 2018
16      NZ Sec Schools Cross Country     Taupo

August 2018
4        Club Connect Conference            Wellington
4        Athletics NZ AGM                        Wellington
NZ Cross Country Champs          Wellington

September 2018
2        NZ Road Race Champs               Cambridge
9        NZ Half Marathon Champs           Dunedin

October 2018
6       NZ Road Relay Champs             Christchurch
6       NZ 24 hour Champs                       



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Dick Quax remembered by leading athletes

Following the recent passing of Dick Quax, we chat to half-a-dozen athletics stars of yesteryear to share their memories of the former world 5000m record holder and 1976 Olympic silver medallist.
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Five Minutes With Hannah Miller

Kiwi Distance-runner Hannah Miller is making waves this season with a series of impressive performances representing Southern Methodist University in the US. Here the 20-year-old Southlander and Oceania 1500m/5000m champion answers our Five Minutes With questions.
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International Notes

Eliza McCartney starred at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League in Eugene, setting an Oceania and NZ record of 4.85m which was also a Pre Classic meet record shared with Jen Suhr who won the contest on a countback.  Eliza’s next Diamond League competition will be in Lausanne, Switzerland on 5 July.
Tom Walsh threw 21.84m in a stellar men’s shot put field at the Prefontaine Classic which was good enough for fourth place. Tom’s next Diamond League meet will be in Oslo, Norway on 7 June.
Camille Buscomb stopped off in Bengaluru, India for a 10km road race on her way to Europe for a series of track races.
Matt Baxter qualified for the NCAA Div 1 finals in the 10,000m and Olivia Burdon will run in Eugene in the 5000m final. The third Kiwi to qualify for the Div 1 finals is decathlete Aaron Booth.

For more information about these results, check out our latest two Weekly Roundup issues.
Weekly Roundup 28 May  
Weekly Roundup 21 May  
To get the Weekly Roundup emailed to you each Monday, subscribe from the front page of the Athletics NZ website 


New Regulations proposed

Athletics NZ have undertaken a project to revise and update it’s 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.


Board Vacancies

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. Applications close 5 June 2018.


High Performance Topics

Recent updates from the HP Department:
Oceania Polynesian Championships team
Oceania Full & Half Marathon Championships
World Mountain Running Champs Team    
Team Management vacancies   
Oceania CE Championships   
2018 World U20 Champs team
You can check out all the latest updates from our High Performance team HERE


Pathway to Podium Programme

The 2018 Pathway to Podium (P2P) recently kicked off with a camp in Auckland for the 26 athletes and their coaches.  To find out more about the programme and to see who is in the squad for check out  Pathway to Podium


Coaching Corner

NOC Coach Accreditation & Membership
As a sport, we are working hard to Professionalise Coaching –  being a professional is much more than being paid for what you do. It means seeking a standard of excellence, constantly improving and incorporating the best knowledge and research in your field in order to get better at what you do every single day.

In April, our coach members and the coaching community were  made aware of the impending changes to the Athletics NZ Coach Membership. These come into effect in June with the release of our new Accreditation and Membership
Athletics was one of very few sports in NZ which did not require any formal accreditation or qualification to be recognised as a coach. From June 2018, accreditation will be based on a Coaches’ experience, learning and current competency. You can read about it HERE and be sure to check the Athletics NZ Coaching Facebook page  and the Athletics NZ Coaching webpage for the opening of applications in June. 


Official Chat

Athletics New Zealand Officials memberships for the current year are now available. We’d encourage all officials to join up so you can get all the benefits, information and support that Athletics New Zealand offers. Find out more and JOIN HERE

Some people have had a problem purchasing a family officials membership. We suggest you CLICK HERE to find out how you can join your family as one.

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:


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 Roundup (new)
   Club Chat Newsletter
   Athletics NZ website (updated)
   Athletics NZ High Performance (updated)
   Athletics NZ Rankings & Records (updated)






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