30 July 2018





This weekend in Wellington we have three significant events. There's the Club Connect annual club conference, the Athletics NZ AGM and the New Zealand Cross Country Championships.
In this issue of Athletics in Action we talk to shot putter Ryan Ballantyne, just after a top 8 finish at the World U20 champs in Finland.  We also chat to the organiser of the inaugural Athletics NZ Trail Running Championships  and we catch up with US based sprinter Bailey Stewart for our “Five minutes with …” segment.




10 reasons to enter the inaugural NZ Trail Running Champs

The inaugural New Zealand Trail Running Championships is incorporated within the annual Crater Rim Ultra event on 14 October. Here are ten good reasons to enter the exciting new event to be staged in Christchurch’s scenic Port Hills.
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NZ Cross Country Championships

This weekend in Wellington! Hosts Athletics Wellington are promising a great competition, with plenty of fun and a whole lot of mud! Head to the NZ Cross Country Championships  now and check out the details. Also check out the event page on Facebook.


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  


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


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                     

14     NZ Trail Running Champs             Christchurch



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Ballantyne looking to future after top 8 finish at World U20 champs

Ryan Ballantyne finished a solid eighth in the men’s shot final at the recent IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland. Steve Landells chats to the Christchurch-based athlete about his Tampere performance and why training alongside the very best is the right decision.
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Five Minutes With Bailey Stewart

US-based Pakuranga AC one-lap specialist, Bailey Stewart answers our Five Minutes with questions.
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Club Connect 2018

Athletics NZ’s annual club conference – Club Connect 2018 in Wellington is this Satuday.   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. If you want to register today, it's not too late.


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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