14 June 2018





We're only days away from the biggest Cross Country event in the country - the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships in Taupo. The champs are being run on the Spa Park course, the venue for the annual North Island Cross Country Champs. If you are heading to Taupo, we hope you have a great time. Athletics NZ will be there making sure you can follow the action, getting results up quickly and technology allowing, live-streaming some of the action on our facebook page.

In this issue of Athletics in Action we talk to Julian Oakley after some excellent performances in 2018.  We also chat with shot putter Nick Palmer, the latest of our recent shot put stars, and we catch up with US based decathlete Ben Collerton  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!



Nick Palmer - it started with a rock on the beach

World U20 Championships-bound Nick Palmer is the latest athlete to emerge from the thriving production line of New Zealand shot put talent. The Hawke’s Bay teenager chats to Steve Landells about his journey into the sport, training with world champion Tom Walsh and his aspirations for his global championship debut.
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Tanner and O'Connor aiming for repeat Schools XC titles

Samuel Tanner in the senior boys and Hannah O’Connor in the senior girls will be aiming to successfully defend their New Zealand Secondary Schools cross country titles at the Spa Thermal Park in Taupo on Saturday.
Check out our preview
NZ Secondary Schools XC Champs


Queens Birthday Honours

Congratulations to the people involved in athletics who received honours in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Top coach and former Commonwealth Games medallist Kirsten Hellier was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, ONZM, for services to sport particularly athletics. 
1990 Commonwealth Games high jump bronze medallist Tracy Phillips was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM for services to the New Zealand Police and the community.
Alison Brearley of Auckland received the Queen’s Service Medal QSM for services to sport and education.
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Club Connect 2018

Athletics NZ’s annual club conference – Club Connect 2018 is in Wellington, 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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Planning a journey to an event soon or maybe a holiday? Does your group have rental vans sorted for upcoming events in 2018 yet?
Remember that Athletics New Zealand members receive a 15% discount on Hertz Rentals.
Find out more.

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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?

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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Julian Oakley's gradual improvement on track

Kiwi Julian Oakley has been gradually making his presence felt on both the US collegiate circuit and more latterly the international scene with a series of impressive performances. Steve Landells spoke with the 24 year old middle distance talent to find out more.
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Five Minutes With Ben Collerton

Kiwi Ben Collerton has recently set a decathlon personal best of 7148 points while competing for Texas State University in the US. The 20-year-old, who represents the University of Canterbury club and who is currently ranked number two in New Zealand, takes the time to answer our Five Minutes With questions.
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International Notes

Tom Walsh was out to 22.29m, the fourth longest competition of his career, to set a Bislett Games Diamond League shot put record, defeating American Olympic Champion Ryan Crouser (22.21m) with his last throw.. Crouser gained his revenge several days later in Poland with a 22.27 - 21.63 victory over Walsh. Walsh got one back in Ostrava, notching another 22m throw, winning with 22.16m, with Crouser in fourth in 21.43m
Olivia Burdon took an outstanding bronze medal at the NCAA championships Div 1 finals in Eugene over 5000m, running 15:43.22. Matt Baxter finished an excellent fifth in the 10,000m final in 28:39.55 and decathlete Aaron Booth placed 14th with 7458 points.
Julian Matthews ran his eighth sub 4 min mile in 3:59.95 at the Martinez Classic in Concord, USA, while Julian Oakley finished second over 3000m 7:52.36 at the same meeting.
Camille Buscomb ran 15:24.68 for 5000m in Netherlands and 5:57.35 PB for 2000m in Norway.
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Alana Barber finished seventh in the 20km at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in 1:33:10 in La Coruña, Spain.
For more information about these results, check out our latest two Weekly Roundup issues.
Weekly Roundup 4 June

Weekly Roundup 11 June   

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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.


High Performance Topics

Recent updates from the HP Department:
IAAF Continental Cup selection   

Oceania Polynesian Championships team
World Mountain Running Champs Team       
2018 World U20 Champs team
You can check out all the latest updates from our High Performance team HERE


Performance Potential Programme

The 2018 Athletics NZ  Performance Potential Squad (PPS) selections have been finalised. The 15 athletes have demonstrated potential for achieving future high performance success through their performances and progression; performance behaviours, skills and abilities; and being within a training environment that effectively supports their ongoing performance development. 2018 additions to the PPS are Keegan Pitcher, Imogen Ayris, Nicole Bradley, Torie Owers and Hamish Kerr.
Read more


Coaching Corner

Coach Accreditation & Membership

As we promised in the last issue of Athletics in Action, applications are now open to become an Athletics NZ Accredited Coach.
Find out more


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


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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