26 October 2018




To wrap-up the winter season, we spend five minutes with recently minted Athletics NZ Trail Running champion Andrew Thompson and talk to Wellington Scottish about their top tips for road relay success.

Youth Olympic Gold medalist Connor Bell talks about his journey so far and where to next, and we look ahead to the second Distance Carnival Meet in 2019.

Read this and more below. 

Five Minutes with Andrew Thompson

Recently minted Athletics NZ Trail Running champion Andrew Thompson of Wellington Scottish is next up to answer our Five Minutes With Questions, and reveals his weakness for top end speed and a good custard square!





Start of a New Era with Opening of Nga Puna Wai 

Athletics Canterbury christened the new 400-metre track with a meet at Nga Puna Wai in Christchurch last Saturday. It is the first part of the $53.65 million first stage of Nga Puna Wai sports hub to open.

Read more about the opening here.  

Olympian Nikki Hamblin on her Role as a Drug Free Sport NZ Educator

"What do you want to represent?" Olympic and Commonwealth Games runner Nikki Hamblin talked to Drug Free Sport New Zealand about her experience of working with them as an educator.

Check out the video on the Athletics NZ or Drug Free Sport NZ Facebook pages.  

Athletics NZ Member Benefits

If you belong to an Athletics NZ affiliated club, you automatically become a member of Athletics NZ, and can access the Athletics NZ Member benefits  programme, saving you money on travel, accommodation, rental cars, insurance, sports gear, sports medical products and more. We feature some of our Member Benefits Partners below.


Get ready for the 2018-19 Summer season thanks to our partner Sports Distributors. They 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. Check out their range here

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.

Coming up in November

November 2018

2 Nov           Rhythm & Jumps (Christchurch)
3 Nov           Central League (Palmerston North)
10-11 Nov    NI Combined Event Champs (Hamilton)
16-18 Nov   SI Masters Champs (Invercargill)
17-18 Nov   SI Combined Event Champs (Christchurch)
17 Nov         Central League (Wellington)
23-25 Nov    NI Masters Champs (Wellington)
30 Nov-2 Dec  NZSS Champs (Dunedin)

For the Summer Season of Events Click Here


Youth Olympian Connor Bell on his Road to Gold

Youth Olympic Games discus champion Connor Bell is one of New Zealand’s most exciting teenage sporting talents. On his return following his success in Buenos Aires, Steve Landells found out more about his road to gold and future plans.




Wellington Scottish: Road to Relay Glory

Wellington Scottish rattled off a fourth successive senior men’s victory at the New Zealand Road Relay championships in Akaroa earlier this month. With the willing assistance of former team captain and road relay devotee Todd Stevens and Scottish’s current men’s club captain Rowan Hooper we find out their ten-point guide for road relay glory.

Enter the Rotorua Marathon and WIN

Enter the Rotorua Marathon before the end of October and you will automatically be entered in the draw to win two night's accommodation, thanks to our accomodation partner Millenium Hotels. 

ALSO Athletics New Zealand Members recieve $15 off entry fees! 

 Just pick your distance (full, half or quarter marathon, or 5km) and click here to register (early bird rates still apply until 30 November 2018).       

Vote for Tom: IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year Nominee

Tom Walsh is one of 10 athletes nominated for IAAF male athlete of the year 2018. 

Voting is now open and you can help determine the winner, with public votes counting for 25% of the final result.

Head to the Athletics NZ Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and follow the instructions to vote for Tom. 

NZ Distance Carnival Meet

After the success of the inaugural event in 2018, the second NZ Distance Carnival Meet has been confirmed for February 16, 2019, at Mount Smart Stadium.

Next year’s event will include both 1500m and 800m races and will be run in conjunction with the New Zealand 10,000m championship.

Event organiser Tim Cornish tells us more

Regulations Update: REMINDER

Proposal to Amend the Regulations pertaining to race walking at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships posted 19/09/18

Submissions should be forwarded to rules@athletics.org.nz no later than Friday 7 December 2018

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.

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