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49th New Zealand Secondary School Track, Field and 46th Road Race Championships

2 August 2022 11:00am


Online orders in time for the championships closed midday Friday 25 November, but purchase and order of the merchandise will be available at the Championships.

The 49th New Zealand Secondary School Track, Field and 46th Road Race Championships takes place 9-11 December 2022 in Inglewood.

Requests for changes or indications of concern regarding the guideline programme can be emailed to oe@nzssaa.org.nz

Officials’ Accommodation
Any officials wishing to book accommodation at Devon Hotel, you must either email or phone the Devon Hotel. You need to mention you want the rate for the Athletics Taranaki booking. You will not get the reduced rate by booking their accommodation online.

50 beds have been booked at the Devon Hotel who have reduced the room charges as per below which include breakfast:

$149.00 if single occupancy
$169.00 is shared by 2 people
$189.00 if shared by 3 people

We have applied for funding to cover the accommodation, or part thereof, but won’t know until late October.

Accommodation Offer
A large country family home, 3-4 bedrooms with plenty of room, 5 min away from the TET Stadium in Inglewood is available for rent. Please email jro@fdmc.school.nz for more information.

Australian Junior (U18) Track and Field Championships 2023, Brisbane

18 November 2022 8:00pm

Expressions of interest for selection in the NZSSAA Track and Field Team to compete in the Australian Junior (U18) track and Field Championships are being called for. The Championships are being held in Brisbane, Queensland from 12-17 April 2023. Athletes looking to be selected are asked to complete the online expression of interest form.

ISF World Schools Athletics Championships, Turkey, 19-25 June 2023

13 November 2022 9:00pm

New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association offers the opportunity for any school to put forward an Expression of Interest if their school would be interested in competing at the ISF World Schools Athletics Championships in Turkey, 19-25 June, 2023.

Expressions of Interest are required to be in writing to the President of NZSSAA, Tony Rogers by Friday 1st December 2022 with an indicative list of possible team members and approximate performances levels and expected events.

2023 Competition Dates and Venues

27 October 2022 8:00pm

  • North Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships will be at the Manawatu Community Athletic Track, Palmerston North, April 1-2
  • South Island Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championships will be at Surrey Park, Invercargill, March 31-April 2
  • NZSSAA Cross Country and Cross Country Relay Championships will be at Massey University, Palmerston North, June 17-18
  • NZSSAA Track, Field and Road Race Championships will be at Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub, Christchurch, December 8 -10

NZSSAA Track and Field Team 2023

27 October 2022 2:00pm

NZSSAA are pleased to announce that, following the Track and Field Championships in Inglewood, a NZSSAA team will be selected to compete at the Lovelock, Potts and Cooks Classic Meetings in January with a further opportunity to compete at the Capital Classic and the Sola Power meeting in early February.

NZSSAA Team Results at Australian Cross Country Champs

29 August 2022 1:00pm

Congratulations to the NZSSAA team that competed at the Australian Cross Country Championships in South Australia.

Invitation to 42nd Round-the-Lake Relay

4 August 2022 11:00am

The Round-the-Lake Relay 2022 will take place in Whanganui 5 September 2022. This cross country event typically attracts more than 150 teams from over 30 schools to run around the wonderful Virginia Lake on St Johns Hill.

NZSSAA team to the Australian Open and Schools Cross Country Championships, August 25-30

8 July 2022 8:00pm

The following team has been named by the NZSSAA selection panel. The team was selected giving automatic selection to the NZSS championship team named on Saturday 18 June post the championships in Nelson. Additional selections and non-travelling reserves have been made by the panel on a range of considerations put to the panel.

The managers and coaches are:

  • Paul Meads Manager/Coach
  • Ange Russek Assistant Manager/Coach
  • Sheila Smidt Assistant Manager/Coach
  • Paul Dominikovich Assistant Manager/Coach

Missing Timing Chips

26 June 2022 9:00am

If you have missing timing chips from the Cross Country Championships, please post these to:

Athletics Nelson
Industrial Marine Electrical
14 Vivian Place
Annesbrook 7011

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Paper Team in 2022

20 June 2022 7:00pm

Congratulations to the athletes who have gained selection to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Paper Team in 2022 following our championships held in Nelson on June 18 at Saxton Field. Well done to all of you on your fine performances and selection.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships

20 June 2022 4:00pm

The 48th New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross-Country Championships and the 6th New Zealand Secondary Schools Regional Cross-Country Team Relay Championships will be held at the Saxton Field Sports Complex Stoke Nelson, 18-19 June.


If any errors are noticed (e.g. incorrect spelling of names or running order in the relay results) please contact oe@nzssaa.org.nz.

Note: A Napier Girls’ High School Year 9 athlete’s finish was missed by the electronic timing system and she has now been added in 45th place. This change has meant an alteration by 1 place for all athletes from 46th position onwards and has created a change in the 3-person teams finishing order with Napier Girls’ High School moving into 4th place from 5th originally. In the Year 9 Girls race 3rd and 4th places have been changed to 3rd equal. As a result the Wellington College winning 3 person team have improved their total by 1 point to 42 points.

Event Information


Following the event, athletes may purchase photographs online from the photographer is Pete Marshall Photography.

Announcement of Event Ambassador

22 May 2022 10:00pm

The Nelson LOC is delighted to announce that Phil Costley has accepted the role as Event Ambassador for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships being held in Nelson on 18-19 June 2022. During his long and distinguished career, Phil’s 33 New Zealand titles are more than any other runner – in fact he has won a senior New Zealand title in every running event from 3000m to 100km in both track and field, cross-country, mountain and road disciplines.

What has to be a unique claim, and one that is so special with Phil being our Event Ambassador, is his best result at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships was just 34th, yet he went on to gain 30th place in the World Cross-Country Championships. Phil is an inspiration to all our young athletes.

In his role as Event Ambassador, Phil is looking forward to meeting as many of our athletes as he can over the two days. We’ve given him a “roving” role throughout the event for that very purpose.

Phil is currently a mathematics teacher at our Host School, Nelson College.

NZSSAA Team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships, Adelaide, 25-30 August 2022

3 May 2022 11:00am

NZSSAA is proposing to take a representative team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships to be held in Adelaide, South Australia in August 2022.

A team will be selected following our Championships being held in Nelson, 18 June participation at which, except for unforeseen circumstances, will be required. A back up performance at the Athletics NZ Cross Country Championships, Taupo, 30 July may also be considered although the time available before departure is limited.

School Sport Australia have decided that South Australia will host the event although the Cross Country venue is yet to be named but it will be held in the Adelaide area.

The dates that athletes will need to be prepared to travel and compete at the two events (age group races on the Saturday + relays on Monday) are 25-30 August. Costs per athlete will be in the vicinity of $2500. Specific details will be available at the NZSSAA Cross Country Championships.

Obituary of Rodney Gordon, March 22 1967 - April 18 2022

27 April 2022 2:00pm

It is with sadness that NZSSAA pays its respect to a man who has made a significant impact on our sport. Rodney was not only an inspirational teacher of economics at Auckland Grammar School for over 30 years but led the Grammar distance running program from the 1990s until recently. During that period Grammar were a dominant force in New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country and Road Race Championships winning many titles. His leadership and organisational qualities, along with his friend and colleague Brien ‘Toad’ Mcrea, made that success the benchmark for other schools to aspire to. Rodney was a keen triathlete who represented New Zealand at age group championships. After a long and determined battle with cancer Rodney passed away on Easter Monday. He is survived by his wife Susanna and two sons Jack and Tom. RIP Rodney Gordon.

South and North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships

14 February 2022 2:00pm

The South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, due to be held on April 1-3 in Invercargill, have been cancelled due to the difficulties of holding an event under the restrictions of the Covid Protection Framework and concern for the safety and wellbeing of everyone likely to be involved.

The North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Association Championships, due to be held on April 2-3 in Palmerston North, have been cancelled for Term 1. Consideration will be given to holding them later in the year if Covid-19 circumstances change enough to allow them to proceed.

NZSSAA Track and Field Team selected to compete at the Classics 2022

16 December 2021 5:00pm

Congratulations to our athletes who have been selected to represent the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association at the Potts, Cooks and Capital Classics in early 2022. They have achieved very well to gain selection and we wish them every success in Open competition and in the specific Athletics NZ championships being held at these events.

The NZSSAA Secretary and Team coordinator, Angela Russek (angelar@stpeters.school.nz) will be in contact with team members to discuss their competition plans soon. Athletes should complete their own entries and make travel and accommodation arrangements if necessary. Athletes need to have their vaccination pass to compete at the Classics.

See past news items in the archive.