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

21 April 2024 8:00am

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.

Classics Tour 2024

14 November 2023 4:05pm

NZSSAA are pleased to announce that following the NZSSAA Track and Field Championships in Christchurch a Classics Tour team of individual athletes will be selected to represent New Zealand Secondary Schools. The named athletes must commit to entering and competing in at least two of Classics Meets scheduled for January and February 2024.

Australian Junior (U18) Track and Field Championships 2024, Adelaide

14 November 2023 4:00pm

Expressions of interest for selection in the NZSSAA Track and Field Team to compete in the Australian Junior (U18) track and Field Championships are being called for. The Championships are being held in Adelaide, South Australia from 15-19 April 2024 (travelling on 13 April and returning 20 April 2024). Athletes looking to be selected are asked to complete the online expression of interest form by 18 December.

Assistant Team Manager/Coach Positions at 2024 ISF World Schools Cross Country Champs

5 November 2023 4:00pm

Expressions of interest are called for the position(s) of an Assistant Team Manager/Coach for the NZSSAA team to the 2024 ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships, in Nairobi, Kenya from 9-14 May 2024.

These positions will be to support the head of Delegation Tony Rogers with the NZL Boys and Girls teams travelling alongside Westlake Boys and Wellington Girls team and leads. The team is expected to be away for a minimum two weeks.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to Tony Rogers, NZSSAA Chairman by Monday 13 November 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 “WXC KENYA 2024” in the Subject line.

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

Catering for teams at the Track, Field and Road Race Champs

9 October 2023 12:00pm

Catering In A Box are offering catering options (on-site and delivered) for teams travelling to the championships in Christchurch. Please see information below.

They can be contacted by email cateringinabox@gmail.com.

ISF World Schools Cross Country Teams 2024

29 September 2023 4:00pm

The 2024 ISF World Cross Country is planned to be held in Kenya from 10-15 May 2024.

NZSSAA have selected one Girls School representative team and one Boys School representative team along with 6 Girls and 6 Boys as New Zealand representatives.

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, QE2/Ascot Park, 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
See past news items in the archive.