28 June 2018




The New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Taupo lived up to all the hype and expectation. The champs provided drama, exciting races, great performances and finished up with some fantastic relay races, showing why this event is one of the best cross country events on the calendar. Read on to see what happened.

In this issue of Athletics in Action we talk to Schools cross country silver medallist  Liam Back after some excellent performances in 2018.  We also take a look at Athletics NZ’s Club Development Project and we catch up with US based steeplechaser Harry Ewing  for our “Five minutes with …” segment.

The winter season still has some big cross country events including Centre Championships, the North and South Island Champs and NZ Champs in Wellington - we hope you are taking part or following the action! action!



Club Development programme aims to help clubs

Working in-depth with 17 clubs over a three-year period, Athletics NZ has launched their Club Development Programme. Steve Landells asked the questions to Athletics NZ Club Development Manager Cat O’Sullivan to find out more.
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Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs

The biggest cross country event of the year was held in Taupo recently with some outstanding performances.
Check out these links to find out more
Repeat titles for O'Connor and Tanner
Full Secondary Schools cross country results


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.
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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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Previous issues of AiA

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What's next?

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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Liam improving on the back of smart training

Teenager Liam Back has won a glut of medals on the national stage over the past 12 months or so. Steve Landells chats to the 16-year-old Wanganui athlete about his rapid rise and future development.
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Five Minutes With Harry Ewing

New Zealand steeplechase number one Harry Ewing posted an impressive personal best of 8:46.91 in Sacramento, USA in May. Here we find out more about the University of Wyoming-based Hamilton City Hawks athlete as he ponders our Five Minutes With questions..
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International Notes

Eliza McCartney starred this week with a New Zealand pole vault record of 4.92m in Germany, smashing her own national record by 0.07m. It was also an Oceania and Commonwealth record. The majic 5.00m gets closer and closer! At the same meeting World U20 Champs-bound Olivia McTaggart cleared a PB equalling 4.40m.
Olivia Burdon came up with another excellent performance, this time over 1500m, running 4:13.00 in the US. 
Portia Bing ran 57.50 over 400m hurdles in France. The time was a PB and moves her up to fourth on the NZ all-time list.
Maddison Wesche hit a big 17.00m in the shot put in Germany moving up to fifth on the all-time NZ rankings. Maddison is on her way to Finland for the World U20 Champs.
Also heading to Finland, are 1500m runners Isaiah Priddey, Sam Tanner and Nick Moulai. They ran 3:47.94, 3:48.13 and 3:51.40 respectively in Belgium.
Nick Willis, who is down to open his Diamond League season this weekend in Paris, ran 1:50.47 in England.
For more information about these results, check out our latest two Weekly Roundup issues.
Weekly Roundup 18 June
Weekly Roundup 25 June 

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NZ Cross Country Championships

Don’t forget to get your entry in for the 2018 NZ Cross Country Championships. Hosts Athletics Wellington are promising a great competition, with plenty of fun and a whole lot of mud!
Click Here to enter now and check out the details - entries close 24 July. Also check out the event page on Facebook. Athletics Wellington are also offering a subsidised entry price for Wellington club members - so if you’re a member of a Wellington athletics club and haven’t yet received information on this then speak to your club for more details.


Club Connect 2018

Athletics NZ’s annual club conference – Club Connect 2018 in Wellington on Saturday 4 August is only five weeks away now! There will be lots of club people in town that weekend, so register now.

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.


High Performance Topics

Recent updates from the HP Department:
2018 Oceania Cross Country Champs
2018 Oceania Half & Full Marathon selections    

Oceania Polynesian Championships team
You can check out all the latest updates from our High Performance team HERE


Coaching Corner

Coach Accreditation & Membership

Applications are now open to become an Athletics NZ Accredited Coach. What are you waiting for?
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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