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Invitation to 42nd Round-the-Lake Relay

4 August 2022 11:00am

The Round-the-Lake Relay 2022 will take place in Whanganui 5 September 2022. 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.

49th New Zealand Secondary School Track, Field and 46th Road Race Championships

2 August 2022 11:00am

The 49th New Zealand Secondary School Track, Field and 46th Road Race Championships takes place 9-11 December 2022 in Inglewood.

Requests for changes or indications of concern regarding the guideline programme can be emailed to oe@nzssaa.org.nz

NZSSAA team to the Australian Open and Schools Cross Country Championships, August 25-30

8 July 2022 8:00pm

The following team has been named by the NZSSAA selection panel. The team was selected giving automatic selection to the NZSS championship team named on Saturday 18 June post the championships in Nelson. Additional selections and non-travelling reserves have been made by the panel on a range of considerations put to the panel.

The managers and coaches are:

  • Paul Meads Manager/Coach
  • Ange Russek Assistant Manager/Coach
  • Sheila Smidt Assistant Manager/Coach
  • Paul Dominikovich Assistant Manager/Coach

Missing Timing Chips

26 June 2022 9:00am

If you have missing timing chips from the Cross Country Championships, please post these to:

Athletics Nelson
Industrial Marine Electrical
14 Vivian Place
Annesbrook 7011

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Paper Team in 2022

20 June 2022 7:00pm

Congratulations to the athletes who have gained selection to the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Paper Team in 2022 following our championships held in Nelson on June 18 at Saxton Field. Well done to all of you on your fine performances and selection.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships

20 June 2022 4:00pm

The 48th New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross-Country Championships and the 6th New Zealand Secondary Schools Regional Cross-Country Team Relay Championships will be held at the Saxton Field Sports Complex Stoke Nelson, 18-19 June.


If any errors are noticed (e.g. incorrect spelling of names or running order in the relay results) please contact oe@nzssaa.org.nz.

Note: A Napier Girls’ High School Year 9 athlete’s finish was missed by the electronic timing system and she has now been added in 45th place. This change has meant an alteration by 1 place for all athletes from 46th position onwards and has created a change in the 3-person teams finishing order with Napier Girls’ High School moving into 4th place from 5th originally. In the Year 9 Girls race 3rd and 4th places have been changed to 3rd equal. As a result the Wellington College winning 3 person team have improved their total by 1 point to 42 points.

Event Information


Following the event, athletes may purchase photographs online from the photographer is Pete Marshall Photography.

Announcement of Event Ambassador

22 May 2022 10:00pm

The Nelson LOC is delighted to announce that Phil Costley has accepted the role as Event Ambassador for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships being held in Nelson on 18-19 June 2022. During his long and distinguished career, Phil’s 33 New Zealand titles are more than any other runner – in fact he has won a senior New Zealand title in every running event from 3000m to 100km in both track and field, cross-country, mountain and road disciplines.

What has to be a unique claim, and one that is so special with Phil being our Event Ambassador, is his best result at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships was just 34th, yet he went on to gain 30th place in the World Cross-Country Championships. Phil is an inspiration to all our young athletes.

In his role as Event Ambassador, Phil is looking forward to meeting as many of our athletes as he can over the two days. We’ve given him a “roving” role throughout the event for that very purpose.

Phil is currently a mathematics teacher at our Host School, Nelson College.

NZSSAA Team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships, Adelaide, 25-30 August 2022

3 May 2022 11:00am

NZSSAA is proposing to take a representative team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships to be held in Adelaide, South Australia in August 2022.

A team will be selected following our Championships being held in Nelson, 18 June participation at which, except for unforeseen circumstances, will be required. A back up performance at the Athletics NZ Cross Country Championships, Taupo, 30 July may also be considered although the time available before departure is limited.

School Sport Australia have decided that South Australia will host the event although the Cross Country venue is yet to be named but it will be held in the Adelaide area.

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 25-30 August. Costs per athlete will be in the vicinity of $2500. Specific details will be available at the NZSSAA Cross Country Championships.

Obituary of Rodney Gordon, March 22 1967 - April 18 2022

27 April 2022 2:00pm

It is with sadness that NZSSAA pays its respect to a man who has made a significant impact on our sport. Rodney was not only an inspirational teacher of economics at Auckland Grammar School for over 30 years but led the Grammar distance running program from the 1990s until recently. During that period Grammar were a dominant force in New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country and Road Race Championships winning many titles. His leadership and organisational qualities, along with his friend and colleague Brien ‘Toad’ Mcrea, made that success the benchmark for other schools to aspire to. Rodney was a keen triathlete who represented New Zealand at age group championships. After a long and determined battle with cancer Rodney passed away on Easter Monday. He is survived by his wife Susanna and two sons Jack and Tom. RIP Rodney Gordon.

South and North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships

14 February 2022 2:00pm

The South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, due to be held on April 1-3 in Invercargill, have been cancelled due to the difficulties of holding an event under the restrictions of the Covid Protection Framework and concern for the safety and wellbeing of everyone likely to be involved.

The North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Association Championships, due to be held on April 2-3 in Palmerston North, have been cancelled for Term 1. Consideration will be given to holding them later in the year if Covid-19 circumstances change enough to allow them to proceed.

NZSSAA Track and Field Team selected to compete at the Classics 2022

16 December 2021 5:00pm

Congratulations to our athletes who have been selected to represent the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association at the Potts, Cooks and Capital Classics in early 2022. They have achieved very well to gain selection and we wish them every success in Open competition and in the specific Athletics NZ championships being held at these events.

The NZSSAA Secretary and Team coordinator, Angela Russek (angelar@stpeters.school.nz) will be in contact with team members to discuss their competition plans soon. Athletes should complete their own entries and make travel and accommodation arrangements if necessary. Athletes need to have their vaccination pass to compete at the Classics.

NZSSAA Team at the Classics, January 2022

8 November 2021 6:10pm

NZSSAA are pleased to announce that following the NZSSAA Track and Field Championships in Inglewood a team will be selected to compete as a New Zealand Secondary Schools Team at the Potts and Cooks Classic Meetings in late January with a further opportunity to compete at the Capital Classic and the Sola Power Meeting in the New Zealand singlet over the weekend following the Tour.

The Association recognises the lost opportunities for overseas competition due to the pandemic and are making a considerable financial investment in the Tour which gives the annually selected a paper team a chance to compete as a national team.

Please note that the list of all events to be contested should be available by late October.

Delay to 2021 Annual General Meeting

8 November 2021 6:00pm

NZSSAA Executive have confirmed that 2021 AGM will be held over until the NZSS Cross Country Championships in June 2022. As per the constitution if the Annual General Meeting is unable to be held during the Association’s Championships, the previously elected Officers and Executive committee shall remain in office until the next Annual General Meeting.

CANCELLATION: Track & Field and Road Championships and Athletics NZ Under 18 & Under 16s

27 October 2021 9:30am

It is with regret we announce the cancellation of the NZSSAA Track & Field and Road Championships due to be held in Inglewood, Taranaki from December 16-18. Owing to earlier issues with Covid this event was to be a dual Championships in association with Athletics NZ’s delayed Under 18 Championship and a trial Under 16 event.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field and Road Championships and Athletics NZ Under 18 and Under 16 Championships

2 September 2021 9:00am

NOTE: This event is now cancelled

As a result of the change in the dates for the commencement and conclusion of the NCEA Examination Timetable a decision to change the dates of the championships to be hosted in Inglewood has been taken to now begin on Thursday December 16 and finish on Saturday December 18.

The NZSSAA Executive and Athletics NZ are very aware of the keen desire to hold the championships, if at all possible and are very grateful to the Taranaki Local Organising Committee for being prepared to do their best to achieve that outcome.

Except for the Day/Date changes the Guideline Programme will remain as published except that the first day of the championships now begins an hour earlier with all events on day one of the programme advanced accordingly.

The dates published in Newsletter 1, including the opening, and closing of entries, will be delayed by approximately two weeks, and will be updated in Newsletter 2.

In reaching this decision NZSSAA has worked closely with School Sport NZ, and we thank them for their support. Their announcement concerning all sanctioned events affected by the change is published below.

For any further information please contact oe@nzssaa.org.nz

Red Stag Redwoods Forest Relay in Rotorua, 12 September

14 August 2021 10:30am

The popular Red Stag Timber Redwoods Forest Relay is back on Sunday 12th September featuring the four person x 3km secondary schools relay around the iconic Redwoods Grove. New courses, new start/finish area under the Sails, live DJ playing your favourite tunes and great prizes. Make a weekend of it with your school mates in Rotorua. Use this link to find out about the event and to enter:

See past news items in the archive.