12 July 2018




Maddison Wesche has just become New Zealand’s latest shot put sensation, winning the Under 20 World title. This morning in the Finnish city of Tampere in dramatic circumstances, the 19 year old Auckland athlete came from behind with a personal best throw on her final attempt to win the world title. Read more about Maddison’s win later on. 
Just three weeks away is a big weekend for the sport in Wellington. We’ll have our Club Connect annual club conference, the Athletics NZ AGM and the New Zealand Cross Country Championships. It’s a great excuse for a weekend away!
In this issue of Athletics in Action we talk to US based distance runner Lilli Burdon after an NCAA medal-winning performance in the States.  We also chat to the amazing Tayla Clement about her recent witch to athletics  and we catch up with discus thrower  Connor Bell  for our “Five minutes with …” segment.
The winter season still has some big cross country events culminating in the  NZ Champs in Wellington - we hope you are taking part or following the action!




Novice to World #1 in six months for Tayla Clement

Seldom does an athlete progress from complete novice to world number one inside six months but that is the remarkable journey enjoyed by Tayla Clement. Steve Landells chats to the fledgling Para shot putter about her meteoric progress and aspirations for the future.
Read more


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.


New Rankings feature

We’re always looking for ways to improve our Rankings System to make it more useful for members and fans. The latest feature allows users to filter Annual Lists to show Para Athlete rankings. The feature also allows users to filter by Centre to view the  rankings for any Centre for senior, Under 20 and Under 18 performances. We think you'll agree this is an excellent move.
Athletics NZ Rankings


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  


2XU Special Offer

2XU is excited to partner with Athletics New Zealand for the next four years. To celebrate our partnership, 2XU is offering Athletics New Zealand members, discounts on market leading compression garments.  2XU are excited by the opportunity to Multiply Human performance for Athletics New Zealand.

Click here to get the 2XU Special Deal


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.


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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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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Maddison Wesche on top of the world

Maddison Wesche continued New Zealand’s stunning run of World shot put champions, winning the Women’s Under 20 World Championship in Tampere, Finland with a last gasp effort.
Read about her dramatic win
Maddison Wesche May 2017 story


Lilli Burdon's sweet NCAA success

Kiwi Lilli Burdon claimed a wonderful NCAA 5000m bronze medal last month. Steve Landells caught up with the US-based athlete to find out more about her recent success..
Read more


Five Minutes With Connor Bell

Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist and national U18 and U20 discus champion Connor Bell is an athlete of exciting potential. The 17-year-old North Harbour Bays athlete offers a glimpse into his world by answering our Five Minutes With questions..
Read more


International Notes

As we’ve already mentioned, Maddison Wesche won shot put gold at the Under 20 World Championships. Ryan Ballantyne and Olivia McTaggart have also made finals at the champs.
Tom Walsh is back on top perch this week after his Diamond League victory in Lausanne, Switzerland with a come-from-behind  toss of 21.92m. Tom now sits atop the Diamond League shot put points.
Eliza McCartney cleared 4.72m for fourth place at the same meeting.
Dame Valerie Adams threw 18.67m in Switzerland at the weekend.
Portia Bing ran 56.84 over 400m hurdles at the French Championships to take 0.66 of her PB, moving her up to second on the NZ all-time list and just 0.59 away from Rebecca Wardell’s NZ record.
Nick Willis ran a solid 1500m in the Paris Diamond League

Weekly Roundup 2 July
Weekly Roundup 9 July   

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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  

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


Coaching Corner

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


Official Chat

The National Officials Committee (NOC) has developed a plan to get more officials involved in the sport. C Achieve will be a revamped initial qualification to make it easier to take the first step.
Find out more here
Join Athletics NZ Officials 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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