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Here's our final newsletter for 2016. There's a bit of reading for the holidays including  a range of stories from the past few months....from NZ Road Relays to the Inter Regional Schools Cross Country, our College Sport Awards winners and the annual Cigna Kids Waterfront Fun Run. We also talk to Hamish Carson, Wellington's newest Olympian. And we pay tribute to Ron Hughes, a stalwart member of the Athletics Featherston Club for 47 years who passed away recently. We are fortunate to have so many long standing volunteers in our sport who work tirelessly to ensure athletics, cross country and road happen continue to exist at club, school and centre level. For some of you there is a break over Christmas and New Year, and for others the events continue with many from Wellington heading to the Colgate Games in Hastings or Invercargill and others to the Grade 14/15 Interprovincials and the Classic Meets in January and February.  There are a number of stories from recent and not so recent times that we'll also post on Facebook over the coming week. These stories are also under the NEWS section of our Athletics Wellington Sports App and our website http://www.athleticswellington.org.nz/news. It's fantastic to see so many of you have downloaded our sports app - 650 in total so far. It's easy to do. Just go to your App Store and search 'Athletics Wellington' to keep up to date with news, events, offers, photos and more.
Grand Prix Saturday @ Newtown Park - enter tonight
The third Grand Prix Meet of the season takes place this Saturday 17 December and incorporates some events that will take place during the Lifestyle Sports Scottish Night of Miles. The $5 entry fee for all athletes will be donated to Wellington Free Ambulance (the charity being supported this year by the Scottish Night of Miles). Enter the Grand Prix events online by tonight at: https://grandprixdec.eventdesq.com/. Timetable and other info about our Grand Prix meets are at this link
Lifestyle Sports Scottish Night of Miles this Saturday @ Newtown
The Lifestyle Sports Scottish Night of Miles is an annual track and field event organised by Wellington Running Club Scottish. It is a unique event full of Christmas fun for the whole family including the much anticipated running with Santa mile. This year the $5 entry fee goes towards Wellington Free Ambulance
The programme consists of a mix of children's, senior and junior races, fun social events and serious events, highlights are the mile races. There are several different mile races including elite men's and women's races and an all-comers mile that anyone can participate in (including Father Christmas). This year the programme has been expanded to include selected field events and sprints as part of the Athletics Wellington 2016/17 Grand Prix programme.
Unlike most track meetings people competing in the Scottish Night of Miles do not need to be registered with a club to participate in the programme - non-club unregistered athletes are very welcome! The exception is the Grand Prix events where athletes need to be registered in order to compete.
Olympians Nikki Hamblin and Hamish Carson will be in attendance to hand out prizes and talk about their experiences in Rio.
For more info click here

 
What a year for Hamish Carson - Wellington's new Olympian
Being able to introduce himself as an Olympian has been hard to get used to for local 1500m runner Hamish Carson. Carson and World Mountain Running Champion, Melissa Moon, presented the medals to the top young runners at the Cigna Kids Waterfront Fun Run in Wellington recently.  Some of those youngsters may well be wondering if they, too, may make it to an Olympics one day. Read more
Success of Inter Regional School XC is the team aspect....
Young Wellington cross country runners got several wins at this year’s inter regionals in Waikanae in September, but had to settle for second overall to Canterbury after winning the previous three years. Team captain Jack Julian, who came third in his Y8 event, enjoyed the supportive team environment in his last year of inter-regionals, and catching up with old friends from Canterbury, who don’t attend North Island Colgate Games.
“The team was looking out for each other, cheering each other on – good team spirit,” he said. Read more
Titles 2 years in a row for Will Anthony at Inter Regional Schools XC
Olympic Harriers’ teen Will Anthony is a name you are going to hear more of.  He has his eye on a National Secondary School cross country title in his first year of college next year, and to secure top placings in some of his other events too -  on the track and on the road.
He was as vice-captain of Wellington’s inter-regional cross-country team -  winning his year 8 event (after winning the year 7 event last year). Read more
Congratulations to Dawn Melrose for receiving the ANZ Long Service Award for 20 years of commitment to athletics
Dawn was presented with the award by Peter Maunder, President of Athletics NZ, at the recent Regional League/Grand Prix Meeting at Newtown Park. Dawn, along with Keith and Chris Bade, have recently returned from officiating at the World Masters Athletics Champs in Perth. Louise McDonald attended the Trans-Tasman Special Olympics meeting in Hamilton.  We are looking forward to hearing about their experiences. We welcome Atene Karauria to the officiating team.  Waikato’s loss is Wellington’s gain.  Congratulations to David Knox and Julie-Anne Cockburn who successfully sat and passed their Jumps C assessment.
College Sport Wellington Awards - Athletics and Cross Country Winners
All four of the athletics and cross country award winners competed in Australia this year, however one, Imogen Skelton, considers her efforts in New Zealand got her the nod.
It appears competing overseas is a factor in teens winning awards at the College Sports Wellington awards, with several codes rewarding dedicated sportspeople who have left our shores to compete. Read more
Wellington clubs featured prominently at the New Zealand Road Relay championships on October 1 in Rotorua, with a point’s countback the sole difference between the top four clubs. Wellington Scottish won its seventh senior men’s title, as well as its sixth master’s women’s title, with Wellington Harrier Athletics Club (WHAC) coming away with three titles and the joint overall winner in a three way tie.
“The highlight of most athletics clubs is the relays,” WHAC captain, and master’s runner Paul Hewitson said. Read more
Wellington long distance runners, walkers and throwers returned from the world’s most prestigious masters event with a good collection of medals and top placings.
The World Masters Athletics Champs were held in Perth in October, and Wellington’s team was among the top regions, with athletes from their 40’s and one in his 90’s medaling. Read more
Friendly Rivalry and Festival Atmosphere at the Cigna Kids Fun Run
Photo: Left to right: Melissa Moon, Joshua Jordan, Nathaniel Graham, Nathan Butchard
Up to 300 Wellington runners took part in the third Cigna Kids waterfront run on October 20 at the new venue of Waitangi Park. Two Hutt Valley locals, friends Joshua Jordan and Nathaniel Graham, both 11, had a good tussle for the second successive year, with Graham heading off Jordan, as they did last year.
“We are like running brothers.” Graham said.
Both are members of clubs with Joshua at Trentham Harriers and Nathaniel at Hutt Valley Harriers, and they love these events. Read more
Ron Hughes, past President and stalwart member of Athletics Featherston for 47 years passed away recently. The club has passed on this tribute to us: Ron will be sorely missed by our club but his legendary contribution to athletics will be remembered for years to come by several generations who were lucky enough to be coached, encouraged, grumped at or sold a raffle ticket by him. The whole reason we have a club is because of his work over the years so future generations will also continue to benefit.
He is survived by his wife Patsy and his children and grandchildren. He always said when people remarked about his amazing dedication and contribution to sport in the town that it couldn't have been done without Patsy who also has contributed to our club for many years.
As a club we have bought a Totara tree as a symbol of our love and respect for this great man. There wasn't (and probably will never be again) anyone like Ron
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TeamLedger BAYLEYS Capital Classic 
Start time 4.00 pm through 8.00 pm 
Date:  Friday 20th January - Newtown Park
We are proud to have on board  again as naming rights sponsors Team Ledger Bayleys and we look forward to hosting an number of our Olympic reps and national champions. If anyone wishes to support the meet as a volunteer or sponsors please contact Tony Rogers.
All Information is available at http://acesports.co.nz/capital-classic and click the link to ENTER ONLINE NOW
You may purchase the Post Event dinner tickets or accommodation through http://acesports.co.nz/store 
All enquires should be directed to Tony Rogers - tony@acesports.co.nz 
 
Athletics New Zealand would like to invite you to Wellington for the 2017 Coaching Conference, it’s a great opportunity to network with fellow coaches and extend your knowledge and expertise in coaching. 
For more information and to register please click on the poster/image above or click on this link: Athletics NZ Coach Conference 2017 - Wellington.

There's a great offer from the Shoe Clinic on our new Sports App available now until the end of December 2016. Go to your app store and search 'Athletics Wellington' - click on OFFERS - then head into any of the Wellington Shoe Clinic stores (Willis Street or High Street Lower Hutt or North City Porirua) for a fantastic deal. Or show them this offer in our newsletter.
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Profiles written by Dave Crampton
Photos supplied by Gary Nesbit at Nesport, Sharon Wray and Jo Murray

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