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2015 Competitions

16 December 2014 1:02pm

  • North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, Mt Smart, Auckland March 28-29
  • South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, Nelson March 28-29
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, Gladfield Golf Course, Dunedin June 20
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Track, Field and Road Race Championships, Timaru December 5-6

Selected Team, Athletes of the Meet, Photos

10 December 2014 4:11pm

The NZSS Team and Athletes of the Meet are available below, as in the Subsidy Application Form. Photos also available.

NZ Secondary Schools Track Track, Field and Road Championships 2014 Results

7 December 2014 12:00am

Young Olympian Tour 2015

3 December 2014 9:07am

Leading athletes at New Zealand Secondary Schools will have the opportunity to take part in the Classic Young Olympian Tour. Replacing the tradition Young Olympian Camp it will retain some of the coaching and learning features of the previous camps as well as providing an invaluable athletic touring experience.

Scratchings & Entries Received

30 November 2014 11:17am

Scratchings

Scratchings from single events close on Wednesday December 3. Scratchings received after that are for complete withdrawal from competition. Scratchings from single events are done by opening up the athletes information under Current Athletes and selecting the clear option beside the event to be scratched. To scratch the athlete from all events select the Remove option. Any scratchings on Thursday and Friday must be emailed to oe@nzssaa.org.nz and during the championships handed in at the Technical Information Centre(TIC).

Entries Received

Entries received so far for the championships can be viewed below. Please note that only entries that have been paid for (and an receipt issued) show, and that these entries are only updated periodically. Please check with your team manager or teacher in charge of athletics as to whether your entry has been entered and paid for.

NZSSAA AGM

25 November 2014 9:52pm

Team managers or school representatives are warmly invited to stay for the NZSSAA AGM at approximately 7.15pm following the managers meeting at the Prince Edward Auditorium, Wanganui Collegiate. Each school is entitled to have 1 voting representative attend plus observers. The combined Auckland, Waikato Bay of Plenty based executive is offering itself for re-election but any region is free to nominate itself as an alternative. Similarly Regional Representatives positions are open to people interested in being part of the NZSSAA executive. Nominations should be sent to John Tylden by Tuesday December 2.

Reminders and Notes

14 November 2014 9:41am

  • Entries close 21 November 2014.
  • T-shirt orders close 21 November 2014. See form on website. Although there is an opportunity for a second batch, there will be an additional cost of $7.00 for postage after the Championships.
  • Very little accommodation left in Wanganui. For further information, contact the Wanganui iSite
  • We have access to some parking close to Cooks Gardens for team minivans. Passes will be available to the first 20 requests. Email amcnab@collegiate.school.nz
  • There is one corporate box still available at $600 for Friday noon through to Sunday pm. If interested, email amcnab@collegiate.school.nz
  • Road Race at Kowhai Park; The map will be out next week.
  • Timed program will be available Thursday 21 November 2014.

Australian Schools' Cross Country Championships

3 September 2014 9:07pm

Congratulations to our NZSSAA Cross Country team members who did so well at the Australian Cross Country Championships on Saturday August 23 and the Secondary School Cross Country Relays on Monday August 25 in Albany, Western Australia. Thank you to our team managers, Michelle Pollard, Brad Smith and Bruce Smith and to the parents who travelled in support of the team. From all accounts it was a most enjoyable and worthwhile trip so well done to everyone involved. See the report below for all the results and highlights.

California Athletics Tour 2015

1 September 2014 6:33pm

The California Athletics Tour 2015 is currently being organised, and expressions of interest are encouraged from New Zealand secondary school athletes in all events. The team leaves Auckland on March 31 and returns April 20. The team will be based in Los Angeles and compete in meets over three weekends in Northern and Southern California. This is the fifth California Tour and many personal bests have been achieved against top U.S. high school competition in an ideal climate. For more information, contact Greg Lautenslager at the National Academy of Distance Running at (03) 923-2321 or via e-mail: coach@nzrunningacademy.co.nz.

Draft dates and venues for 2015

14 August 2014 10:45pm

The following are the draft dates and venues for the 2015 championships. These are subject to NZSSSC sanctioning in September.

Please note that due to resurfacing of the Dunedin track, there has had to be a change of venue for the South Island Champs. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, Mt Smart, Auckland March 28-29
  • South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, Nelson March 28-29 (changed)
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, Dunedin June 20
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Track, Field and Road Race Championships, Timaru December 5-6

Beamish and English Victorious at Cross Country Champs

21 June 2014 10:21pm

Geordie Beamish (Wanganui Collegiate) and Hanna English (Columba College, Dunedin) were the winners of the senior championship races at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Palmerston North today.

Beamish sat with the lead group of ten athletes for the first of three laps before the group dropped to six runners by the end of the second lap in the heavy conditions at Massey University. Beamish outlasted the others and had the legs to cuarry him to the title in 21:05, Daniel Hoy (Westlake Boys) and Sean Eustace (Burnside High). Eustace lead his team to first place in both the three and six person teams championships.

Hanna English ran near the front of the senior girls field with a small group before stamping her authority on the race and edging ahead to win in 16:06 by five seconds from Audrey Gregan (St Cuthberts, Auckland) and Isabella Richards (St Kentigern, Auckland). Gregan finished in the same place as last year, but had the satisfaction of leading the St Cuthbert’s team toboth the three and six person teams championships.

St Andrews College in Christchurch provided the winners for both of the junior races. Mitchell Small won the boys race from Isiah Priddey (Hamilton Boys) and James Uhlenberg (Sacred Heart, Auckland), while Ari Graham was winner if the girls race from Zia MacDermid (Awatapu College) and Harriet Bush (St Margaret’s College, Christchurch).

The Year Nine championship races were won by Samual Tanner (Bethlehem College, Tauranga) and Olivia Corrin (Gisborne Girls).

Josh Rosie, (Kings High School), Ruby Morrison (Solway College) and Anton Besseling (New Plymouth Boys) were winners in the Para-Athlete categories.

The championships attracted 950 entrants from 125 secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

Cross Country Champs

17 June 2014 8:12pm

The NZSSAA Cross Country Championships will take place at Massey University, Palmerston North, 21 June.

National Secondary Schools' Cross Country Championships A 40 Year History

22 May 2014 2:00pm

The NZSSAA Executive congratulate Brad Smith on his excellent publication that chronicles all top three teams and all top ten individuals in all grades at every NZSS Cross Country since the inaugural event at Cuthbert’s Green Christchurch in 1974.

This document painstakingly put together by Brad is a wonderful historical document of the sport and makes fascinating reading.

Further information can be found by contacting Brad.

Athletics Australia and Australian Schools' Cross Country Championships

15 May 2014 10:00am

The Athletics Australia and Australian Schools’ Cross Country Championships are to be held in Perth, 23-25 August.

Athletes
Information is available below for athletes interested in competing.

Coaches
Expressions of interest for the positions of coach/manager (2-3 required depending on team numbers) to take a NZSSAA team to this competition are called for. Applications should be emailed to Geoff Shaw, NZSSAA Chairman by June 6.

Please provide a brief resume of your experience with secondary school cross country athletes and events. If you have any questions please email Geoff Shaw.

See past news items in the archive.