News from the NZSSAA

Cancellation of the North Island and South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships for 2020

17 March 2020 12:00am

In support of the announcement made by School Sport NZ last evening 16 March on the suspension of the National School Sport Calendar until 6 April, NZSSAA advises that the North Island and South Island Secondary Schools events scheduled for 4th – 5th April in Hamilton and Christchurch respectively have been cancelled.

We understand that this will lead to disappointment for many in our athletics community, however we fully support the stance of Government and School Sport NZ in the interest of the health and well-being of our students, teachers, schools, officials, volunteers, coaches, family members and others in attendance.

Regional bodies with upcoming events can make an appropriate decision, in consultation with their schools, if their events involve less than 500 people. Athletics NZ have provided some very good information for those intending to continue with their events in terms of advice and precautions which can be obtained by emailing oe@nzssaa.org.nz.

Tony Rogers

Hughes Memorial Cross Country

13 March 2020 11:00am

The Hughes Memorial Cross Country will be held on the 2020 Secondary Schools’ Cross Country course, on Saturday 30 May. The first race will begin at 1pm. This is an inter-club cross country event, traditionally for ANZ-registered athletes, however last year and this year again it will be open to high school students as well.

More information to come later, otherwise contact Miranda Elliot (simonelliott@xtra.co.nz ).

North Island Champs Information

4 March 2020 6:00pm

The North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships will be held in Hamilton, April 4-5.

South Island Champs Information

28 February 2020 9:00pm

The South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships will be held in Christchurch, April 4-5.

Congratulations to Alan Hamilton who was recognised in the New Year Honours Awards 2020

4 January 2020 3:00pm

Congratulations to Alan Hamilton of Dunstan High School, former executive member of NZSSAA and long-time athletics coach who was recognised in the New Year Honours Awards 2020 with a QSM for services to athletics and youth.

NZSSAA Team to the Australian Track and Field Championships

16 December 2019 6:00pm

Congratulations to the athletes selected to represent NZ Secondary Schools at the Australian Track and Field Championships, Sydney, March 21-24.

Barry Magee becomes NZSSAA Patron

13 December 2019 9:00pm

Olympic Marathon Bronze medallist in 1960 and very successful long time Athletics coach, Barry Magee MNZM, was appointed Patron of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association at this year’s Annual General Meeting. Barry is pictured here with Tony Rogers, NZSSAA President, being congratulated after receiving his Patrons Badge. We are honoured to have Barry accept the position and wish him well as an inspiration to our athletes and their coaches.

Championship Results

6 December 2019 10:00pm

Due to the very poor weather conditions including thunderstorms and heavy rain the Road Race Championships were cancelled. The NZSSAA Executive would like to express our sincere regret that this occurred and fully appreciate the disappointment of all the athletes entered to race and the mangers, coaches and parents supporting them.

If you notice any errors in the results, please email oe@nzssaa.org.nz

Whanganui Cooks Classic 18 Jan 2020

5 December 2019 4:00pm

The Whanganui Cooks Classic will be held Saturday 18 January at Cooks Gardens, Whanganui. Features include ANZ U20 3,000m, 400m Handicap run, seeded 100m races, and a mile relay for men, women and mixed teams.

NZSSAA Team to the Australian Track and Field Championships, Sydney March 21-24, 2020

3 December 2019 3:00pm

Athletics Australia have released earlier competition dates for the Australian Athletics Champs. Competition dates for the U17 and U18 events are now 21-24 March. The NZSS selected team travel dates will be approximately Thursday 19-Wednesday 25 March 2020. If there is a problem with your availability for selection for these new dates, please email angelar@stpeters.school.nz

NZSSAA Track, Field and Road Race Championships, Newtown Stadium, Wellington December 6-8 2019

28 November 2019 8:00am

The following changes (in red) have been made to the programme:

In order to avoid a clash of High and Triple Jumps for the Junior Boys the Junior/PA Boys and Junior/PA Girls High Jumps have been swapped. The boys will now compete on Sunday at 9.00am and the girls on Saturday at 3.30pm. This also improves the spread of jumps for the girls.

As a result of interest in having mixed girls and boys 4×400m relays the NZSSAA Executive has decided to trial this as a pilot event for both grades for 2019/20.

Conditions of entry:

  • Teams are to made up of 2 boys and 2 girls
  • Any individual school team or a combined team from two single gender schools within the same region (as defined for the Cross Country Relay Championships) may enter
  • Schools combining to enter a team are asked to email that information to oe@nzssaa.org.nz
  • Only 1 team per grade from each school or combined schools may enter
  • An athlete may only compete in one 4×400m relay

Schools entering teams in the 4×400m relays are asked to please consider carefully the number of events their athletes are involved in and the possibility that they may be overloaded by doing relays in addition to their individual events.

AGM Reminder

15 November 2019 8:00am

The NZSSAA AGM will follow the managers meeting which begins at 11.00am at the Newtown Park Stadium. If you have remits for the AGM please email them to the President, Tony Rogers by Thursday November 28. Nominations for Service to Secondary School Athletics are also welcome if they could be emailed with a brief citation to John Tylden. These are for people who have contributed many years (approximately 20 or more) of support and effort to young people taking part in our sport and who deserve recognition for all they have done. Our Association has been running for 48 years and people who have been active in the past but are no longer involved should also be considered for nomination. A list of service awards already made can be seen by visiting this page on our website scrolling down the page.

NZSSAA Team to the Australian Track and Field Championships, Sydney March 21-24, 2020

11 November 2019 8:00pm

NZSSAA will be selecting a team of U17 and U18 athletes to compete at this event.

Travel days will be Tuesday, 24 March through to Sunday 29 March or Monday 30 March depending on the final timetable.

Ange Russek has already been appointed from within the Executive as Lead Manager/Coach. Paul Meads and Rene Otto (Edgecumbe College) have been appointed to the Assistant Manager/Coach roles.


There has been small change to those eligible for selection the Australian Track and Field Championships Team. Expressions of Interest from under 20 athletes who specialise in Heptathlon and Decathlon are welcome. This is because these events will be held while the under 17 and under 18 team is in Australia for their events. Please see the earlier notice about organisation of the team for the details of how to apply. EOI for U20 Heptathlon and Decathlon is extended until 22 November.

Championship T-Shirts

1 November 2019 5:00pm

Championship T-Shirts

A very cool t-shirt has been designed and schools can order online at a cost of $30 per shirt. Online orders close 2 December and further shirts will be available at the track with the increased cost being $35.

NZSSAA Team to the Australian Track and Field Championships, Sydney March 21-24, 2020

3 October 2019 3:00pm

Expressions of interest are required for selection for the NZSS Athletics team to compete at the Australian Athletics Champs in Sydney, Australia from 21-24 March 2020.

Child Protection in Sport E-Learning Course

28 September 2019 9:20am

Safe Guarding Children have recently launched a Child Protection in Sport eLearning course.

The Child Protection in Sport course has been developed for all sporting codes and organisations from professionals to volunteers. The course includes information directly relevant to the sporting sector such as professional standards and side-line behaviour and has sport-related quizzes and videos. Safe Guarding Children worked with child protection in sport specialist Leanne Couch (formerly Sport Manawatu and Sport England) to develop the content and ensure it would resonate with and engage a sporting audience.

With New Zealand having one of the highest participation rates for children in sport in the world, adults involved in sport have a special and hugely important role to play in creating safe environments and recognising and responding to potential child abuse and neglect.

Safeguarding Children also deliver seminars and workshops, Child Protection Policy development and consultancy work if you are interested.

See past news items in the archive.