News from the NZSSAA

NZSSAA Team to the Australian Track and Field Championships, Sydney March 24-29, 2020

4 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 24-29 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.

California Track & Field Tour 2020

20 September 2019 10:15am

Applications are now being accepted for the 10th Annual California Track & Field Tour. Athletes in all disciplines will compete on three weekends in Southern California meets – including the Arcadia Invitational, one of the most prestigious high school meets in the world.

This year’s tour dates are April 7-25. Athletes will be based in Orange County and have access to practice facilities at our host track. Athletes on past tours, especially in 2019, have achieved many personal bests against top competition in an ideal climate conducive to top performances.

To learn more about the tour and to apply, go to californiatour.co.nz or contact Greg Lautenslager, Athletics Nelson Head Coach and California Track & Field Tour Director at (O) 03 923-2321 or (M) 027 343-5521 or via e-mail: coach@nzrunningacademy.co.nz.

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

17 September 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
  • 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.

NZSSAA Cross Country Team Results at the Australian Cross Country Championships

25 August 2019 2:00pm

Congratulations to the athletes who competed at the Australian Cross Country Championships held at Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park, Wollongong 24 August 2019.

ISF World Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships Slovakia 2020

12 August 2019 12:47pm

Congratulations to the schools and athletes selected to represent NZSSAA at the ISF World Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships in Slovakia in April 2020.

Cross Country Team for Australian Champs

18 July 2019 8:30pm

Congratulations to our athletes who have been selected to represent the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association at the Australian Open and Australian Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships at Kembla Grange, NSW, August 24-26, 2019.

ISF World Secondary Cross Country Championships Slovakia 2020

22 June 2019 10:00am

2020 Venues and Dates

21 June 2019 9:00am

  • NZSSAA Cross Country and Cross Country Relay Championships, June 20/21, Hawera
  • North Island Secondary Schools Championships, April 4/5, Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
  • South Island Secondary Schools Championships, April 4/5, Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub, Christchurch
  • NZSSAA Track, Field and Road Race Championships, December 4/5/6, Tauranga Domain, Tauranga

Cross Country Results

15 June 2019 9:00am


Selected Team

Results Report

Certificates: If there were any mistakes on the original certificate please email timarucc2019@gmail.com before Friday June 21st so these can be corrected.

Cross Country Championships

12 June 2019 8:00pm

Pool Party Tickets

Online orders for pool party tickets have now closed. Additional tickets will be available on Saturday at the Administration Tent.

Official Photographer

The official photographer for the event is Karyn Geary. You can contact Karyn at karyngeary@gmail.com or on 0276889008 to book in a time for a team photograph between 9am and 10.25am on Saturday morning or after the conclusion of the Senior Boys race. Karyn will also be taking action shots of the athletes and these will be available to view and buy after the event at her website (https://www.karyngearyphotography.com/)

World Secondary Schools' Cross Country Championships 2020

6 June 2019 8:00am

NZSSAA intend to take a full team to the ISF World Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs in Slovakia, April 18-23 2020.

Further Race Distance Survey at Timaru

4 June 2019 9:00pm

The Executive of the NZSSAA has been surveying all interested parties over the last year to decide whether the distances of some events at the NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country should be changed.

They have decided to further poll the following events in Timaru to get more athlete feedback.

This will be done by athletes putting their timing chip into one of two buckets as they leave the post-race marshalling area beyond the finish line.

Please let your athletes in these events know about the survey and get them to think about which way they will vote prior to the race.

Events surveyed and distance choices:
Junior Girls – 3k (status quo) or increase to 4k
Senior Girls – 4k (status quo) or increase to 5k
Senior Boys – 6k (status quo) or decrease to 5k

In Memory of Leon Blanchet

21 May 2019 8:40pm

Prominent Canterbury and Athletics New Zealand official and administrator Leon Blanchet ONZM of Dunsandel died on Wednesday 24 April 2019 aged 80.

Leon was a secondary school teacher, athlete, official and builder of athletic equipment for many secondary school athletes around New Zealand. His starting blocks will be used for many years to come. Following on from competing Leon became an official and was the doyen of Athletics New Zealand Officials and the rules of competition. He has served the sport for over 50 years and was chair of the ANZ Technical Officials Committee and used to produce a regular informative officials column including a quiz. He served on the Board of Athletics New Zealand and was an executive member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association when it was based in Christchurch.

He and his wife Priscilla attended numerous New Zealand Secondary School championships and he has been to every New Zealand track and field championships since 1982. He was a former President and a Life Member of the Burnside High School based Avon Club which amalgamated with Christchurch and became Christchurch Avon Club and he was made a Life Member of Athletics Canterbury in 2001.

He received an Athletics New Zealand Merit Award in 2002 was President of Athletics New Zealand 2006-07 and was made a Life Member of Athletics New Zealand in August 2012. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to athletics.
RIP Leon

Australian Cross Country/Assistant Manager/Coach

16 May 2019 10:20am

NZSSAA Cross Country Teams to Australian Cross Country Championships to be held at Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park, Wollongong 24 August 2019.

Boys and Girls Teams to take part in the Australian Open and Schools Cross Country Championships to be held at Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park, Wollongong August 24-26 2019 will be selected following the NZSSAA championships in Timaru on June 15. Initially the first 10 finishers in the Senior Boys and Senior Girls races will be offered the opportunity with a further 2-4 being selected to achieve appropriate age group teams. If not all places are taken up there will be an opportunity for other athletes to be considered eg athletes who finished close to the top 10 or runners who for some reason did not perform to the level usually expected of them. Application forms for those applying to be considered for spare team places will be available from the managers at the championships.

Assistant Manager/Coach required

Expressions of interest for the position of Assistant Manager/Coach for the NZSSAA team to the Australian Open and Schools Cross Country Championships, Kembla Joggers Cross Country Park, Wollongong August 25-27 2019 are called for (Paul Meads and Ange Russek have already been appointed from within Executive as Manager/Coach and Assistant Manager/Coach respectively). Expressions of interest should be emailed to Tony Rogers, NZSSAA Chairman by June 10 2019 using tony@acesports.co.nz.

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.

Try out the 2020 NZSSAA Cross Country Course in Hawera

15 May 2019 11:30am

Each year on Queens Birthday weekend the Hawera Harrier Club host an inter club event over their cross country course – the Hughes Memorial.

It is well known in the Taranaki, Manawatu and Whanganui regions for the great course, prizes and food. In the past it has just been for ANZ registered members, this year it is opening up to High School members who are not registered with a club. This will be a great opportunity for students to have a run on the 2020 Cross Country Nationals course.

See past news items in the archive.