8 August 2018





The weekend saw some great racing in very challenging conditions at the New Zealand Cross Country Championships in Wellington with almost 600 competitors, many more than in recent years.

We also had an excellent Club Connect Conference and the Annual General Meeting.

In this issue of Athletics in Action we talk to NZ Cross Country champion Lisa Cross after the weekend’s national championships. We also chat to outgoing Athletics NZ Board Member and former Chairperson Annette Purvis and catch up with top middle distance prospect Nick Moulai for our “Five minutes with …” segment.



Annette Purvis signs out

After serving 14 years on the Athletics NZ Board - 11 of them as chair - Annette Purvis leaves the role with a raft of proud accomplishments. Steve Landells chats to the diminutive Cantabrian about her time in the role, her legacy and why athletics will always play a central role in her life.
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Kids Athletics website launched

The new Athletics NZ Kids Athletics website was launched at Club Connect over the weekend. The website includes the two Athletics NZ foundation programmes Get Set Go and Run Jump Throw and explains how these great programmes can be integrated into club and school settings. 
Find out more


Rankings system gets new features

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


Athletics NZ 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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To show their commitment to athletics, Sports Distributors are offering all Athletics New Zealand clubs and members 15% OFF selected athletics 
gear! Simply insert the promo code: ATHNZ15 when you are checking out. 
Get the good pricing here


Planning a journey to an event soon or maybe a holiday? Does your group have rental vans sorted for upcoming events yet?
Remember that Athletics New Zealand members receive a 15% discount on Hertz Rentals.
Find out more


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?

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



About Athletics in Action

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Cross juggles life to succeed at Cross Country

Recently-crowned New Zealand Cross Country champion Lisa Cross is currently enjoying a purple patch of form, which she hopes will lead to more success. The former jockey from South Auckland speaks to Steve Landells to explain how she manages to juggle her training around the demands of bringing up two young children.
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Five Minutes With Nick Moulai

Nick Moulai is one of the most exciting young endurance athletes in New Zealand. Here the 18-year-old, who landed the 800m and 1500m double in the U18 age-group at the 2017 New Zealand Championships, offers his take on our fortnightly questions.
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2018 NZ Cross Country Championships

The weekend saw some top racing in very muddy conditions at the NZ Cross Country Championships in Wellington.  Championship winners were Oli Chignell (SM), Lisa Cross (SW), Chris Dryden (MU20), Navajo Prentice (WU20), Liam Back (MU18), Aimee Ferguson (WU18), Steve Rees-Jones (MM40), Johanna Buick (MW40), Tony Broadhead (MM50). Age winners can be found in the Full Results.
NZ Cross Country titles decided
Weekly Roundup XC story


Club Connect 2018

Athletics NZ’s annual club conference – Club Connect was held in Wellington over the weekend.

The Club Connect programme is designed specifically to assist and support clubs to improve what they do and provide excellent services to their members and we’d have to say this year’s conference did just that!
Check out the presentations 


2018 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Athletics NZ was also held on the weekend. Congratulations to new President Ian Babe from Whangarei, Vice President Joan Merrilees from Otago, new Board Members Jo O’Sullivan and Paul Spinks (replacing Dean McKenzie and Annette Purvis) and Past President Dianne Rodger who is now on the Board Appointments Panel.
We have two new Merit Award recipients in Ian Baird and the late Dick Quax.

AGM Page


2018 Help for Athletics in Canterbury

The Nga Puna Wai Athletics Track is almost complete, but Athletics Canterbury needs a little more help to get it “across the line”.  They are calling for donations to help complete their equipment stocks, so they can host the NZ T&F Champs in March next year. It’s been a tough time for athletics in Christchurch, so let’s get in behind them to complete this important project!
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High Performance Topics

Recent update from the HP department
2019 World Cross Country Championships 

Other HP News can be found 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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