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NZSSAA Track, Field and Road Race Championships 2021 Date Change

12 January 2021 7:00pm

These championships were scheduled to be held in Inglewood on December 10-12 but provision was there to bring them a week earlier and back to our normal pattern of having them on the first Friday and the first weekend of December. This was the preference adopted at the NZSSAA AGM and subsequently accepted by School Sport NZ. They will now be held on December 3-5 in Inglewood.

By making this change we are avoiding a clash with the NZSS Touch Championships as occurred this year which will be of benefit to both sports and it does make it possible to attend the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships should COVID-19 travel restrictions allow for that.

Examinations are due to end on December 2 so it is possible a small number of athletes will have to be prepared to take their final exam at an alternative examination centre in Taranaki. Information on the possible available centres will be made available later in the year.

Note: Exams on December 2 include: L1 Social Studies (also offered digitally), L2 Dance, L3 Art History (also offered digitally), and Scholarship Earth & Space Science.

Replacement of Championship Tee shirts and additional Merchandise Purchases

8 January 2021 11:00am

The order for all of the these items has been placed with the company producing them. The person handling our order returns to work after the Christmas New Year break on January 11 and we expect confirmation that all the items will be ready to be picked up sometime the following week January 18-23.

Our intention is to have them posted in the week January 25-29, but as advised to everyone making late orders, this is a big and unforeseen job, both for the company producing the merchandise and the volunteers co-ordinating the mail out.

A notice advising of their posting will be put on our website and Facebook page in that last week of January. Thank you for your patience.

Track, Field and Road Race Results

13 December 2020 9:00am

Selected Teams and Athletes of the Meet

Photos

Track and Field Results

Any observed mistakes or queries please email oe@nzssaa.org.nz.

Road Race Results

Note that the Road Race results below will not be available in the Realtime results or the Mobile App.

Meet Manager 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.

Whanganui Cooks Classic 2021

7 December 2020 3:00pm

The Whanganui Cooks Classic will be held Saturday 30 January 2021. Events and information of special interest for school age athletes include:

  • New Zealand Junior 3000 metres
  • 400 metre handicap
  • Pre Meet 100m
  • Good prize money

See also:

NZSSAA Track & Field, and Road Race Championships 11-13 December 2020

30 November 2020 1:00pm

The timed programme is now available (below). Any comments or concerns email them to oe@nzssaa.org.nz please.

Further Merchandise Orders

Merchandise orders through online entries have closed. It has been decided to offer the opportunity to order privately until this Sunday November 22 by emailing Ruth Tuiraviravi. Decide what you would like to order using the merchandise flyer on the website. Ruth will confirm receiving your order with an email with instructions on how to pay for the items you have ordered.

There will be a limited number of items for sale at the championships but after they have gone that will be the end of sales.

AGM Reminder

25 November 2020 9:00pm

The NZSSAA AGM will follow the managers meeting which begins at 10.00am at the Tauranga Sports Club.

Life Membership of Athletics NZ - John Tylden

9 November 2020 8:00pm

At Athletics New Zealand’s recent 133rd Annual General Meeting one of NZSSAA distinguished long serving members was awarded Life Membership of Athletics New Zealand:

John Tylden commenced his long service of almost fifty years to secondary schools athletics back in the early seventies when in 1971 through 1975 he became Secretary, then Chairman of Southland and Otago-Southland Secondary Schools AA. He helped reorganise competitions to include both genders which led to the formation of the South Island Secondary Schools AA and their inaugural Championships in 1976. Moving to Fairfield College in Hamilton he became involved in the Waikato/BOP Secondary Schools AA in various roles: Secretary/Chairman, organiser of regional & North Island athletics & cross country/road championships over the past 44 years!

2021 Championship Venues and Dates

6 November 2020 3:00pm

  • North Is Championships are at Porritt Stadium, Hamilton April 9-11
  • South Is Champs will be in Christchurch at Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub March 27-28
  • NZSSAA Cross Country will be in Hawera June 19-20
  • NZSSAA Track, Field and Road Race champs will be in Inglewood December 3-5

In Memory of Don Chadderton

25 September 2020 8:00am

Don Chadderton being presented his Life Member of Athletics New Zealand badge by Chris Maister, Athletics New Zealand Board Member at a recent function in Christchurch honouring Don’s service to Athletics.

Retirement of Michelle Pollard

21 September 2020 12:00pm

Michelle Pollard (right), Tauranga Girls College teacher and retiring NZSSAA Executive Member receiving a gift from Ange Russek, NZSSAA Secretary. The NZSSAA Executive wishes to recognise Michelle’s excellent contribution to the Association over the past ten years including several years as Secretary and as NZSSAA Team manager to three Australian Schools Cross Country Championships, four ISF World Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships and one Pacific Schools Games.

Cross Country Schools Team Challenge

20 September 2020 11:00am

UPDATE 2: Results from this event are now available below.

UPDATE 1: The Cross Country Teams races in Whanganui are going ahead September 19. Girls events start at 10-00 am and Boys at 12-15 pm. There is room for a few more teams and schools interested must email Alec McNab by this weekend. Schools who have entered will receive our Covid Level 2 protocols and a programme in the next 24 hours.

In place of the cancelled Cross Country Championships, Whanganui Collegiate School are offering a Team Challenge for any interested schools, to be held Saturday 19th September, compatible with Level 2 restrictions.

This competition is open to schools who wish to field a 3 or 6 to score Team. The emphasis is on Teams and individual entries would not be accepted. Whanganui is 1 hour 15-minute drive from Hawera so that teams could retain their booked accommodation.

Expression of interest no later than 9-00 am on Wednesday 9th September and Schools will be advised the following day of their acceptance and whether the event was to go ahead.

Southern Schools Cross Country Blow Out, Ashbury Park, Timaru, 24 September

15 September 2020 12:30pm

With so many XC events being cancelled or postponed, this is an event for those keen runners who have trained hard for their sport and missed out on competing in their chosen discipline. The event holds no championship status but we hope you will support it for those students who have shown an interest and/or been training for cross-country and have been denied the opportunity to compete.

We apologise for the short notice but also realise this event will appeal to those keen runners who will organise themselves quickly for a chance to compete and so will hopefully reduce any administrative load on yourselves. With Timaru’s central location and a later start time, we believe most schools will be able to make this into a great day or overnight trip for their team of runners or for individuals.

The course used will be the same as successfully utilised for the NZ Secondary Schools Cross-Country at Ashbury Park in 2019 with a 1km and a 2km loop making up the distances. The draft timetable is below but we will confirm it once all entries are in eg if we receive a huge amount of entries for Year 7 and year 8 girls we may split them into separate races.

11.30 am Year 5&6 Girls 2km (two times the 1km loop) and Para 1km/2km
11.50 am Year 5&6 Boys 2km
12.10 pm Year 7&8 Girls 3km (1km loop followed by a 2km loop)
12.40 pm Year 7&8 Boys 3km
1.10 pm Secondary School Girls 3km
1.40 pm Secondary Schools Boys 4km (two times the 2km loop)

Athletes must pre-enter and there will be no late entries. Entries close Monday 21st September at 5pm.

In the event of New Zealand or the region still being in Level 2, the event will still be held and the appropriate measures taken, protocols put in place and emailed out to all entrants. The event will not be held should we move to Level 3.

NZSSAA Cross Country Championships, Hawera 2020 have been cancelled

5 September 2020 8:10am

The NZSSAA Executive have taken what we know will be a very disappointing decision for all of the individual athletes and teams who have entered or intended entering for our Cross Country and Cross Country Relay Championships on September 19-20. We had hoped that community transmission of covid-19 might have stopped and that NZ would have been able to move into Alert Level 1 status by September 6. Unfortunately, the announcement by the Prime Minister that NZ would be staying in Alert level 2 (and 2.5 for Auckland) until September 16 made it too uncertain a situation for us to proceed. The last thing we would want would be to hold an event which could possibly help the spread of the virus and, knowing that the number of people attending would far exceed the Alert Level 2 limits no matter how effective our separation of groups around the course might be, cancellation became the only acceptable decision.

Executive would like to thank everyone intending to come to Hawera for their support of our event. Your interest in taking part is very much appreciated. Particular thanks to the Taranaki based Local Organising Committee who have really worked hard to provide what would have been an outstanding event. Executive have decided that the 2021 Cross Country Championships will now be in Hawera on June 19-20.

A memo will be sent to schools who have paid entry and affiliation fees regarding their reimbursement.

Cross Country and Cross Country Relay Championships, Hawera, September 19-20

21 June 2020 2:00pm

The NZSSAA Executive are pleased to be able to confirm that our championships will be held on the weekend of September 19-20 in Hawera as long as New Zealand is able to remain in Covid-19 alert Level 1. Our date has been accepted by School Sport NZ and fits in well with the changes to Athletics NZ’s winter calendar. Please be aware that September 19 is the date of the General Election and those attending the championships who are eligible to vote should consider completing their voting earlier.

2020 NZSSAA Cross Country Championships Hawera

16 April 2020 1:20pm

It is with regret we announce the SUSPENSION of the NZSSAA Cross Country and Cross Country Relay Championships due be held in Hawera on the weekend of June 20/21. NZSSAA Executive are working with School Sport NZ and in liaison with Athletics NZ on confirming a replacement date.

The proposed date is Saturday & Sunday 19/20 September subject to possible COVID-19 Level restrictions of the Government and School Sport NZ sanctioning. This will be confirmed as soon as possible under the current situation we all face in New Zealand.

NZSSAA are aware that this weekend has no major Athletics NZ events scheduled and the facilities needed in Hawera are available that weekend. Saturday, September 19 is scheduled as the date of the General Election which means having the cross country that day will be of some inconvenience to voters although postal and early voting, as well as special voting, will be available in Hawera and other Taranaki centres.

The NZSSAA Executive understands the disappointment this postponement will cause our athletes, their families, coaches and managers who will have been preparing and planning to take part but given the likelihood that significant restrictions on movement and close association with other people will still be in place into May and June it was felt it was better to provide as much certainty as is possible at this time. We are very keen to hold the championships this year if at all possible hence the suspension decision rather than cancellation at this stage. It is hoped that travel and accommodation plans can be changed to the proposed date without incurring significant expense and disruption but please email oe@nzssaa.org.nz with any concerns you have or issues you encounter.

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
President
NZSSAA

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