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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

NZSSAA Results at the Australian Cross Country Championships

27 August 2023 1:00pm

Congratulations to the NZSSAA Cross Country team at the Australian and Australian All Schools Cross Country Championships, Canberra on Saturday August 26 who competed with distinction. Very well done to you all.

ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships 2024

23 July 2023 9:00am

NZSSAA are now taking expressions of interest to attend the above event to be held in Kenya 2024. Please see the attached information sheet for further details. Expressions of interest from both school teams and individuals need to be submitted by Friday 18th August.

Round the Lake Relay

27 June 2023 7:00pm

The Round-the-Lake Relay 2023 will take place in Whanganui, Monday 4 September 2023. 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. Entries close Friday 25 August.

NZSSAA Cross Country Team for the Australian Schools' Cross Country Championships

27 June 2023 1:50pm

Congratulations to the following athletes selected to travel to Canberra for the Australian Schools’ Cross Country Championships, 24-29 August 2023.

NZSSAA Team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships, Canberra, 24-29 August 2023

16 June 2023 8:00am

NZSSAA is proposing to take a representative team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships to be held in Canberra, ACT in August 2023.
Selection in the team will be automatic for the top ten finishers in both the senior boys and senior girls events at our Championships in Palmerston North on June 17. An additional two places will be available in both the girls and boys teams for athletes who finish outside of the top ten or from the junior grades. Performance at the Athletics NZ Cross Country Championships in Taupo, 29 July, may also be considered, although the time available before departure is limited.
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 24-29 August. Costs per athlete will be in the vicinity of $2500 (flights ex Auckland) excluding NZ representative uniform. Top ten finishers in both senior grades at our Championships may be entitled to a $300 travel subsidy to help fund their trip.

Assistant Manager/Coach required

Expressions of interest for the position of an Assistant Manager/Coach for the NZSSAA team to the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships, Stromlo Forest Park Canberra August 24-29 2023 are called for. Expressions of interest should be emailed to Tony Rogers, NZSSAA Chairman by June 26th 2023 using tony@acesports.co.nz. Brad Smith, NZSSAA Treasurer, has been appointed Tour Manager by the NZSSAA Executive.
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.

Athlete expression of interest form

Survey of Interest for a NZSS Road Relay Event

1 June 2023 8:00pm

NZSSAA have been given the opportunity and support to stage a new Challenge event as part of several secondary school sports events to be staged in Auckland during Winter Tournament Week.

All details of this proposal are at the following link of which we wish for you to take ONE minute to read and complete the survey before 6.00pm Tuesday 13 June.

ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships 2024

18 May 2023 7:00pm

NZSSAA have agreed in principle to explore the option of sending a NZSS Cross Country team, and a selected female and male school Cross Country team to the ISF World Schools Cross Country to be held in Kenya 2024.

We are waiting for confirmed race venue and dates and will update this website as soon as this information is received. The main selection for this event will be the NZSS Cross Country Championships at Palmerston North from 17-18 June 2023.

Australian Junior Athletics Championships 15-17 April 2023

18 April 2023 12:00pm

Results from the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, held 14-17 April in Brisbane are below, and more write-up and photos on our Facebook page.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, 17-18 June, Palmerston North

28 March 2023 4:00pm

Results Information


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Passing of Robin "Digger" Doyle

20 February 2023 8:00am

Sadly, Robin “Digger” Doyle passed away at 5:20 pm on February 17. A real character of athletics at local level. A man of dedication, passion, and wit. His catch phrases are legendary, but perhaps not for general publication!

Robin had recently retired from 45 years of teaching at Palmerston North Boys High School. Digger loved relays and during his time teaching he coached teams to 12 gold medals, 13 silver, and 6 bronze at NZSS Championships.

He coached Hayden Townsend, Shaun MacFarlane, Craig Wickes , Sam Higgie and so many others. His athlete first approach was an example to all.

Robin was awarded the NZSSAA Service Medal in 2017 to recognise his many years of outstanding commitment to secondary school athletics.

He is greatly missed.

George McConachy
Friend of 48 years

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