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The NZSSAA (Inc.) was formed in Christchurch at the beginning of 1973 by a small group of secondary school teachers.

The aims of the Association are:

  1. To organize New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships annually at various centres throughout New Zealand.
  2. To encourage the participation in athletics of secondary school pupils from every New Zealand Secondary school.
  3. When financially possible, to organise and select teams to take part in international competition.
  4. To advance the interests of athletics generally and of secondary school athletics in particular.


  • Tony Rogers – Athletics Wellington, Wellington
  • Angela Russek – St Peter’s School, Cambridge
  • Brad Smith – Tauranga Boys’ College, Tauranga
Immediate Past President
  • John Tylden – Ohope

Regional Representatives

Central North Island

Southern North Island
  • Alec McNab – Whanganui Collegiate, Whanganui
Northern South Island
  • John Gamblin – St Bede’s College, Christchurch
Southern South Island
  • Glen Ward – Dunedin


  • Jakub Kalinowski – St Peter’s College, Auckland
  • Paul Meads – Pukekohe High School, Pukekohe
  • Judith Revell – Avondale College, Auckland West
  • Rhys Taucher – Sacred Heart College, Auckland
  • Geoff Shaw – Auckland

Life Members

Life Members
  • Alan Bennett
  • Graeme Daly
  • Mike Lindroos
  • Alec McNab
  • Murray McRae
  • Natalie McRae
  • John Tylden
  • Glen Ward
  • Marie Washbourn
  • Don Willoughby
Former Life Members
  • Don Chadderton
  • John McTaggat
  • Natalie Ritchie

Service Awards

  • Murray Green (Te Awamutu College, Waikato Bay of Plenty)
  • Mark Wagstaff (Timaru Boys High School)
  • Brian Cowan (Papanui Toc H, Christchurch)
  • Peter Blackwood (Whakatane Athletic and Harrier Club)
  • Renee Otto (Edgecumbe College)
  • Kevin Bradley (Waikato Bay of Plenty)
  • Kelly Diprose (Waikato Bay of Plenty)
  • Mike O’Leary (St Patrick’s College, Silverstream)
  • Barry Hunt (Tasman)
  • Barry Magee (Auckland)

2018 Recipients
2017 Recipients