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NZSSAA Inaugural Road Relay Festival, Pakuranga, Auckland, Thursday 5th & Friday 6th September [WTW]

17 June 2024 5:00pm

New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association will hold its first two-day Road Relay Schools Festival Event during this year 2024 Winter Tournament Week hosted by Pakuranga Athletics Club with the event hub being at the Pakuranga Sailing Club, Howick Auckland.

The event is only a team event with relays for Individual School Teams on day 1 [Thursday afternoon] and for Interprovincial Regional teams [like Cross Country] on day two Friday morning. There is planned to be a student function on Thursday evening – details to be announced.

Both relay events will be 4 person teams running a total of 10 km.

Day 1 – Thursday 5 September – NZSS Individual Schools Road Relay Challenge Event
Time: 1.00 pm start
Venue: Pakuranga Sailing Club
Event Format: 4x ~2.5km relay (Legs 1 & 3 and legs 2 & 4 will be the same, Leg 1 & 3 approx. 2.4km the Leg 2 & 4 approx. 2.6 km)
Teams from individual schools: mixed, boys, and girls teams
Grades: Senior, Juniors (Under 16), Year 9

Day 2 – Friday 6 September – NZSS Interprovincial Teams Road Relay Challenge Event (similar format to NZXC Interprovincial Relay)
Time: 10.00 am start
Venue: Pakuranga Sailing Club
Event Format: 4x ~2.5km relay
Teams from provincial centres/regions: mixed, boys, and girls teams
Grades: Senior, Juniors (Under 16), Year 9

Further information including entry online process, entry fees and course maps and full timetable will be available soon.

Selected team to compete at the All Schools Australia Cross Country Champs, Yarra, Victoria 19th - 24th August

9 July 2024 9:00am

Congratulations to the athletes selected for the team to compete in the 2024 All Schools Australia Cross Country Champs,
Yarra, Victoria.

Assistant Team Manager/Coach Positions at 2024 Australian All Schools Cross Country Champs

16 June 2024 1:00pm

Expressions of interest are called for the position(s) of an Assistant Team Manager/Coach for the NZSSAA team to the 2024 Australian All Schools Cross Country Championships, in Melbourne, Victoria from 19-24 August 2024. NZSSAA will be looking to appoint at least one female for this role.

These positions will be to support the head of Delegation Brad Smith with the Boys and Girls teams.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to Tony Rogers, NZSSAA Chairman by Monday 2nd July using tony@acesports.co.nz. Please provide a brief resume of your experience with secondary school cross country athletes and events. Your expression of interest should be headed “AUSXC 2024” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please email Tony Rogers – tony@acesports.co.nz.

50th NZSSAA Cross Country Championships and the 8th NZSSAA Cross Country Relay Championships, QE2 & Ascot Parks, Ōtautahi Christchurch, June 15-16

15 June 2024 6:00pm


Last Chance for Merchandise Orders
Orders can be made up until Friday 28 June. Athletes will have orders posted direct within 3-weeks of order.

NZSSAA Tour to Australian Schools Cross Country Championships 2024

7 June 2024 5:00pm

New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association are proposing to take a New Zealand Schools representative team to the 2024 Australian Schools Cross Country Championships to be held in Yarra, Victoria, Australia. Yarra is approximately 1 hour from Melbourne.

South Island Schools Cross Country

27 May 2024 3:00pm

The South Island Schools Cross Country was held at Ashbury Park, Timaru on Sunday, May 26th. Over 200 athletes participated across the various races and more than 40 schools were represented. Three weeks out from NZSS Cross Country was the perfect time for South Island runners to race hard over a challenging course in cold, but excellent conditions. Individual results are below. There were also 3 person teams results in all of the races and Shields for the top schools. Local schools Timaru Boys’ and Craighead Diocesan were able to claim these and Fairfield from Dunedin were the standout Intermediate school winning both boys and girls overall best school.

NZSSAA Team to the 2024 ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships, Nairobi, Kenya, 9-14 May 2024

21 May 2024 9:00am

Congratulations to our team who competed at the World Schools Cross Country Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. The competition format was changed from past events where there had been races for individual athletes representing their country and races for athletes representing their selected school. This year everyone ran in age grade races for girls and for boys. Our athletes, who were selected according to the previous format, performed well in very competitive circumstances.

Juliet Moorhead placed 22nd in the U15 event.

The New Zealand Girls team placed 6th overall in the U18 event. The individual results were:
26th Ava Sutherland
29th Siena Mackley
32nd Kate Currie
34th Sascha Letica
35th Courtney Fitzgibbon
39th Poppy Healy
40th Lucy McLean
43rd Maia Holden
45th Annabel Tuck
58th Giselle Kenworthy
62nd Maria Revelant

The New Zealand Boys team placed 5th overall in the U18s. Individual results being:
18th Caleb Wagener
27th James McLeay
36th Jack Erikson
37th Max Tuttle
40th Max Wildbore
45th Harry Witheridge
48th Isaac Kirkpatrick
61st Toby Caro
64th Max Doherty
72nd Stanley Bateman
75th Angus Sevier
85th Quincy Cutts

NZSSAA U17 and U18 Team to the Australian National Championships, Adelaide, April 15-19 2024

2 May 2024 8:30pm

Congratulations to our team for their fine performances at the Australian Athletics Championships recently held in Adelaide.

The Australian Athletics Nationals Experience in Adelaide 2024 was a fantastic experience for our U17 and U18 athletes. Some incredible results from our team of athletes. Highlights have to be Imogen Barlow who took out a trifecta of Gold Medals for the WU17 800m, 1500m and 3000m, and each time she was well ahead of the next runner. Para Athlete Charli Gardiner-Hall also had a number of medal successes with a Gold in the F37 Discus, Silvers in the F37 Shot Put and Javelin. Cooper Wightman also with his Gold in the MU18 800m and followed that up with a Silver in the MU18 1500m.

Our other medalists included a silver for Kendra Scally-Tu’I for WU17 200m; bronze for Zarah Rattray in the WU18 400m Hurdles, Karmen Maritz with a Gold in the WU17 Discus, Melelosaline Lose with a bronze in the WU18 Discus, Asher Robertson with a Silver in the MU17 High Jump competition, Noa King bronze medal in the MU17 400m and Jacqui Nasrabadi with a bronze in the WU17 Long Jump.

The level of competition in Australia was of a significant standard, and this was certainly appreciated by all of our athletes – because of this, the athletes achieved new PBs and were very close to podium placings.

The overall experience for our team was incredibly valuable, and it is my hope the athletes and their families continue to seek out international competition as they progress through their athletics journey in coming years.

Special thanks to Assistant Team Managers Owen Westerhout, Annmarie McDonald and Team Physio Tony Snell.

Judy Revell
Team Manager

Assistant Team Manager/Coach Positions at 2024 Australian Track and Field Championships

15 January 2024 12:00pm

Expressions of interest are called for the position(s) of an Assistant Team Manager/Coaches for the NZSSAA team to the 2024 Australian Track and Field Championships, in Adelaide, Australia. The team will travel from Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th April 2024.

These positions will be to support the Team Leader Judith Revell and a selected NZSSAA Under 18 team. Experience at major track & field championships is recommended.

Interested applicants should make an EOI before the 31st of January 2024.

Australian Junior (U18) Track and Field Champs Team

10 January 2024 8:10am

Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to compete in the NZSS Track and Field team at the Australian Junior (U18) Track and Field Championships in Adelaide, 15-19 April.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Team for Classics Internal Tour

20 December 2023 12:00pm

The following team was named to represent NZSSAA across the Classic meetings in January and early February.

Timing Chips and Lost Property

13 December 2023 11:20am

Timing Chips not handed in at the end of the Road Races: Please post to John Gamblin at 25 Amoka Crescent, Parklands, Christchurch 8083.

Lost Property: If you are missing any property please email both Ian Thomas and John Gamblin johngam@xtra.co.nz, Ian.Thomas@athleticscanterbury.org.nz..

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

12 December 2023 10:20am

Be sure to check out supporters Shoe Clinic and their Mobile Shop onsite and trackside. Awesome deals on spikes, racing flats and running shoes, plus a range of other footwear and apparel including Birkenstock sandals.


  • Realtime Results
    Results for track events will be available online at soon as possible after all races of each round have been completed and the results are confirmed. Results for field events will be available at the conclusion of each event but will take longer to check, process and enter.
  • Athletic Live Results
    Unofficial results arrive on the Athletic Live website instantly at the completion of each attempt. This means no waiting till the end of a competition for results to be uploaded. Results can be accessed for free from any device with an internet connection and the ability to open a website. Track results also have times which are updated instantly as photo finish judges analyse the image. Once results are confirmed official results are uploaded and marked as such.

Road Race Results

The intention is to show these on Athletic Live as soon as they are available.
Individual road race results will begin appearing in each race as runners cross the finish line. Team results will be calculated and appear for each race a little later. All results will remain available via the above link until they are transferred to the NZSSAA website during the following week.

  • Merchandise designs
  • Order Link
    Athletes who have entered by 15 November will be able to have their names (as per entries and not nicknames) printed on the back of T-shirt and Hoodie items. Online orders will be open until 20 November.

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.

50th Track & Field Championships Dinner

22 November 2023 11:00am

The New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association will be holding a dinner to celebrate the 50th running of these Championships first held in 1973 in Christchurch. This year’s championships will also be held in Christchurch to commemorate this important milestone. A dinner to mark this event will take place at the Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub Lounge and Cafe. on Friday December 8 following the end of Day 1 competition. See below for more information.

See past news items in the archive.