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2024 Competition Dates

20 September 2023 12:30pm

  • New Zealand Secondary School Track, Field and Road Race Championships, Timaru, 6-8 December 2024
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, Christchurch, 15-16 June 2024
  • North Island Secondary Schools’ Championships, Palmerston North, 6-7 April 2024
  • South Island Secondary Schools’ Championships, Timaru, 5-7 April 2024

N.b.: All dates are TBC until School Sport New Zealand publishes their calendar at the beginning of Term 4.

NZSSAA Results at the Australian Cross Country Championships

27 August 2023 1:00pm

Congratulations to the NZSSAA Cross Country team at the Australian and Australian All Schools Cross Country Championships, Canberra on Saturday August 26 who competed with distinction. Very well done to you all.

NZSSAA 50th Jubilee Track and Field and 48th Road Race Championships, Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub, Christchurch, December 8-10, 2023

2 August 2023 10:20am

Following feedback up to August 31 the following changes to the original programme have been made:

  • The JG High Jump has been moved from Sunday afternoon to Friday at 2.45pm
  • The JG/SG Hammer Throw has been brought forward to 3pm on Friday
  • The SB Long Jump has been delayed until 9.20am on Saturday until the SB 110 hurdles heats have been completed
  • The SG High Jump has been delayed until 9.30am on Saturday until the SG 100 hurdles heats have been completed
  • Please note the switch in the order of the hurdles heats on Saturday with the SG heats occurring before the JB heats
  • The SG Triple Jump has been delayed until 11.30am on Saturday

Should any changes be of concern please email oe@nzssaa.org.nz.

ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships 2024

23 July 2023 9:00am

NZSSAA are now taking expressions of interest to attend the above event to be held in Kenya 2024. Please see the attached information sheet for further details. Expressions of interest from both school teams and individuals need to be submitted by Friday 18th August.

Round the Lake Relay

27 June 2023 7:00pm

The Round-the-Lake Relay 2023 will take place in Whanganui, Monday 4 September 2023. 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. Entries close Friday 25 August.

NZSSAA Cross Country Team for the Australian Schools' Cross Country Championships

27 June 2023 1:50pm

Congratulations to the following athletes selected to travel to Canberra for the Australian Schools’ Cross Country Championships, 24-29 August 2023.

NZSSAA Team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships, Canberra, 24-29 August 2023

16 June 2023 8:00am

NZSSAA is proposing to take a representative team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships to be held in Canberra, ACT in August 2023.
Selection in the team will be automatic for the top ten finishers in both the senior boys and senior girls events at our Championships in Palmerston North on June 17. An additional two places will be available in both the girls and boys teams for athletes who finish outside of the top ten or from the junior grades. Performance at the Athletics NZ Cross Country Championships in Taupo, 29 July, may also be considered, although the time available before departure is limited.
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 24-29 August. Costs per athlete will be in the vicinity of $2500 (flights ex Auckland) excluding NZ representative uniform. Top ten finishers in both senior grades at our Championships may be entitled to a $300 travel subsidy to help fund their trip.

Assistant Manager/Coach required

Expressions of interest for the position of an Assistant Manager/Coach for the NZSSAA team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships, Stromlo Forest Park Canberra August 24-29 2023 are called for. Expressions of interest should be emailed to Tony Rogers, NZSSAA Chairman by June 26th 2023 using tony@acesports.co.nz. Brad Smith, NZSSAA Treasurer, has been appointed Tour Manager by the NZSSAA Executive.
Please provide a brief resume of your experience with secondary school cross country athletes and events. If you have any questions please email Tony Rogers.

Athlete expression of interest form

Survey of Interest for a NZSS Road Relay Event

1 June 2023 8:00pm

NZSSAA have been given the opportunity and support to stage a new Challenge event as part of several secondary school sports events to be staged in Auckland during Winter Tournament Week.

All details of this proposal are at the following link of which we wish for you to take ONE minute to read and complete the survey before 6.00pm Tuesday 13 June.

ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships 2024

18 May 2023 7:00pm

NZSSAA have agreed in principle to explore the option of sending a NZSS Cross Country team, and a selected female and male school Cross Country team to the ISF World Schools Cross Country to be held in Kenya 2024.

We are waiting for confirmed race venue and dates and will update this website as soon as this information is received. The main selection for this event will be the NZSS Cross Country Championships at Palmerston North from 17-18 June 2023.

Australian Junior Athletics Championships 15-17 April 2023

18 April 2023 12:00pm

Results from the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, held 14-17 April in Brisbane are below, and more write-up and photos on our Facebook page.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, 17-18 June, Palmerston North

28 March 2023 4:00pm

Results Information


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Passing of Robin "Digger" Doyle

20 February 2023 8:00am

Sadly, Robin “Digger” Doyle passed away at 5:20 pm on February 17. A real character of athletics at local level. A man of dedication, passion, and wit. His catch phrases are legendary, but perhaps not for general publication!

Robin had recently retired from 45 years of teaching at Palmerston North Boys High School. Digger loved relays and during his time teaching he coached teams to 12 gold medals, 13 silver, and 6 bronze at NZSS Championships.

He coached Hayden Townsend, Shaun MacFarlane, Craig Wickes , Sam Higgie and so many others. His athlete first approach was an example to all.

Robin was awarded the NZSSAA Service Medal in 2017 to recognise his many years of outstanding commitment to secondary school athletics.

He is greatly missed.

George McConachy
Friend of 48 years

North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, Palmerston North, 1-2 April

15 February 2023 12:00pm

Straight Finals and Programme Change

The following events will be at finals time:
  • Junior Girls 800m, Senior Girls 800m, Senior Boys 800m
  • Junior Boys 80m Hurdles, Senior Girls 100m Hurdles, Senior Boys 110m Hurdles
  • The Senior Girls Hammer will now be held at 5.45pm Saturday.

Meeting of Officials: 8am Saturday 1st April

Capital Classic Wellington, Friday 3rd February

7 February 2023 5:00pm

The fourth Classic Meet of the season held in Wellington featured several NZSS athletes with a few backing up from the Whanganui meet. Once again, our New Zealand Secondary School athletes performed with great distinction attaining some new PBs. Our two mixed 4×400m teams acquitted themselves well finishing 1st and 2nd in the last track event on the program. For all of our athletes selected and supported by NZSSAA the value of these Classic meets proved invaluable competition in furthering the development of these young athletes, especially being able to compete against some of our best senior athletes. So well done to all those who competed in Timaru, Hastings, Whanganui and Wellington. Also, a big shout out to the management team from NZSSAA, Paul, Ange, Judith, and Geoff. Below are the highlights of our athletes who competed in Wellington.

  • Louise Brabyn U20 mile (5: 27.59) 3rd and 4×400m 2nd.
  • Addira Collette 100m Elite (11.84) 3rd and 200m Elite (24.90) 5th while sister Chayille 100m Elite (12.05) 4th and 200m Elite (24.90).
  • Hannah Collins TJ (11.57m) 2nd
  • Charlotte Goldsmith TJ (11.44m) 3rd and Open 200m (26.42) 5th
  • Holly Gray 200m Open (26.82) 8th and 100mH (14.88) 1st
  • Jessica Hendren HJ Open (1.57m) 9th
  • Maggie Jones had a busy day competing in 3 event 100mH (14.69) 2nd and a PB, 200m Open (26.41) 4th and another PB and 4×400m 1st.
  • Maddie Kelso-Heap 800m Elite (2:14.63) 8th
  • Sionann Murphy Para Shot (8.54m) 2nd and a new PB
  • Boh Ritchie competing in the ANZ Women 3000m (9:51.16) 7th and 4×400m 2nd.
  • Mikayla Sola Shot (11.19m) 3rd, Hammer (42.39) 6th
  • Micayla Whiti 100m Open (12.59) 1st, 200m Open (26.20) 3rd and 4×400m 2nd
  • Leala Willman Javelin (35.40m) 3rd and new PB and Hammer (31.26) 10th.
  • Grace Wisnewski was another of our athletes competing in 3 events, 100mH (14.83) 3rd, 200m Open (26.12) and 4×400m 1st.
  • Ronan Codyre ANZ Senior Men’s 3000m (8:16.88) 12th and a new PB
  • Thomas Cowan ran a quick 1:53.72 over the Elite 800m to place 2nd.
  • Jonah Cropp 3000m walk 12:47.85 1st
  • Christian De Vaal continued his great form with a PB over the ANZ 3000m placing a very good 5th.
  • James Ford Elite 800m 1:52.52 1st
  • James Hansen had 3 PBs in the three events he competed in 200m Open (23.04) 8th, 110H (15.17) 1st and Javelin 40m.02 7th and 4×400m 1st
  • Corran Hanning showed excellent form again in the Para shot with a new PB (13m 45) 1st
  • Lucas Martin 3000m Walk 12:51.93 2nd and 4×400m 2nd
  • Asher Pettengell-Brand had a busy day competing in the Open 100m (11.07) 4th, Open 200m (22.30) 3rd and the 4×400m 1st
  • Tyrone Trego ran an outstanding Open 100m (10.61) 1st smashing his previous PB and only 1/100th outside the NZSSAA record in a legal run, he backed this up in the Open 200m (22.48) 4th.
  • Karsten Vesty ran a solid race in the ANZ Men’s 3000m finishing 20th in 8:57.13
  • Jason Woolley competing in the Para events had a busy day finishing 2nd in the 100m (13.14), 2nd in the Open 200m (26.70)

Cook's Classic

1 February 2023 7:00pm

Outstanding results at the Cook’s Classic and well done to Alec McNab and his team for organising another successful Cook’s Classic.

Some highlights from our team.

  • 15x Personal Bests
  • 2x ANZ U20 Mile Titles (Alfie and Boh strike again!)
  • Stunning sprinting by the Collette twins with PB’s in the 100m
  • Our 400m Hurdlers went 1,2,3,4 all with great PB’s between 1:02-1:03. What an awesome group of talented hurdlers, and so good to have this level of competition.
  • PB’s were smashed by our Milers; Christian, Karsen, William, Alfie and Boh.

Some of the best PB’s come from hanging on to what is in front of you, or taking the lead and setting a mean pace.

Our thoughts are with some of the families/athletes that were unable to travel to compete with flooding and flight cancellations. Hope to see you compete soon.

See past news items in the archive.