Welcome to the March edition of Athletics Wellington News. It includes a mix of important info for our members and profiles on athletes who have achieved success over the past month.
Message from the Chair
I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Easter.
Congratulations to our team of 12 and 13 year old athletes who represented Athletics Wellington at the annual interprovincial tournament in Dunedin over Easter placing second overall. The team did the region proud, both inside and outside the competition. Having been involved with this team directly in the past I know how much this latest group of athletes will have pushed each other to succeed and how much they will have enjoyed the experience. It is not often that athletes get to perform in a team-based environment, but this is certainly one of those opportunities. Read more by clicking here - including a link to the Athletics Wellington Annual Update March 2016 and info on the Board seeking to fill two new vacancies on the Athletics Wellington Board.
Cross Country and Road Info from XC&R Committee
Most winter clubs are now up and running (literally). Nice weather has certainly helped bring in a number of new keen members. The winter interclub calendar of sanctioned events is on the Athletics Wellington website. To download a full calendar (pdf file) go to THIS LINK
As mentioned in last month's newsletter, there will be a few changes to look forward to. To read more click here
Athletics Wellington Sports Awards - nominations open now
The Athletics Wellington Sports Awards are being held on Wednesday 18 May at The Dockside Restaurant and Bar, Queens Wharf, Wellington. Nominations are now open so we encourage everyone involved in the sport whether you're an athlete, coach, official, parent, volunteer administrator or supporter to have a think about who you or your club could nominate. Entries for nominations close on the 6th of May so don't delay.
This year we have a Senior (16 years plus) and Junior (15 and Under) section for the awards. The awards cover the 2015/16 calendar year for athletics, cross country and road.
Zion Trigger Faitele may only be 14, but he has already demonstrated that he is a talented sportsman.
He has already quit rugby league, has been in the New Zealand Basketball Academy for elite players since December – in the U15 Wellington team - and since November he took up throwing with coach Shaka Sola and has already been to nine competitions this year.
His results are impressive. At his first Interprovincial championships in the weekend he helped Wellington to a good second place, was second in his grade as an individual, and won the shot put, throwing 15.71m- more than 2 metres ahead of anyone in his grade. He threw 42.16m in the discus- another personal best, for second. Read More
Athlete Profile: Alison Andrews-Paul
Masterton middle distance athlete Alison Andrews-Paul could be off to Poland in July after dipping under the 800m world junior qualifying time.
She knew she needed to run at least 2 min 7 sec, and did so at the Auckland Track Challenge, stopping the clock at 2 min 06.84 sec – a personal best by almost 2 seconds, placing herself in contention for selection in the New Zealand squad which is named next month after the Australian Senior Nationals.
“I’ve been aiming for the time since the start of the season – I knew that it was there,” she said.
Angie Petty was the only kiwi ahead of her, clocking 2 min 02.32 sec. Read More
TempoFit Partnership Proves Popular
TempoFit has now started in Wellington, with 65 people aiming to develop their running through the six week training programme. If you can run 5km in 35 minutes, the programme is for you. It is simply a group-based running community to help a wide variety of runners to take their running to the next level.
Some programmes start at 6.00am or 6:30am, others are done during lunch times, with longer weekend runs. Coaches include distance runner Grant McLean, Hutt Valley Marathon Clinic president Mark Potter, and WHAC junior coach Julie Richards.
There are three workouts each week in the six-week programme: TLC – technique and conditioning workout, ACCELERATE – a speed workout, and a long social and scenic distance run, called LSD.
McLean is assisting with a lunchtime CBD group, where he is focusing on the ‘Accelerate Workout’. He sees TempoFit as a great partnership between Athletics Wellington, Athletics NZ, TempoFit and local clubs, which helps connect with the broader running market for mutual benefit. The use of club-based runners allows TempoFitters to tap into a wealth of experience. It really is a programme delivered by runners, for runners. Read More
Coach Profile: Alastair Leslie
Middle distance running coach Alastair Leslie has two influencing coaches that set him on his coaching journey: Arch Jelley and Arthur Lydiard. Lydiard was Leslie’s running coach, doing it via correspondence, after an approach made direct by his father.
“I had the best coach in the world!” Leslie said. He was 16 then.
But Leslie was also a top footballer, trying to get into the U18 national football team, in the days when football was called soccer. He got knocked out at a game just prior to selection and another centre-forward was selected instead – Wynton Rufer, who went on to become one of the country’s top footballers.
While at Tawa College, Leslie made the National Secondary Schools team, but he continued with his running. He was a 1977 boys secondary school 1500m champion and ranked top 10 nationally in all distances from 800m-10,000m. From Onslow Athletics Club and Olympic Harriers he joined WHAC where he enjoyed his best running carrer with the club he loved. We had a great level of success and a comaraderie that I hadn’t experienced in other sport.
He holds a 1500m Wellington secondary schools record set in 1976.
“It still stands – that’s quite amazing,” he said. “I thought it would hae gone by now, especially over the last three years.” Read More
Does your child love the THROWING events at athletics? If yes then this event is for you. Come along to the Sola Power Throwing Academy Junior Event on Sunday 17 April at 11am. FUN athletics events for all junior athletes (7-15years old)
Shot Put, Discus and Hammer. Cost is $2 per event.
Plus—free FUN events for all the family Spot prizes, lots of fun, sausage sizzle, cake stall and more….
ALL WELCOME! Venue: Sola Power Throwing Academy, Cnr Randwick Road and Whites Lines East Phone: 021 33 13 17 Email:email@example.com
For a link to the Sola Power Throwing Academy Facebook page click here
Kids Cross Country Series - Registrations Open for 2016
We are again partnering with local clubs, the Shoe Clinic, Les Mills and NZCT. Here are the 2016 dates for your diary. Note the first event in the series is being held in Upper Hutt this year. Registrations are already open at www.athleticshub.co.nz/events. The cost is $8 per event, or sign up and compete in all five events for $40 and receive a Shoe Clinic drawstring bag at the last event AND a competitors medal. Any currently registered athletics or harrier club members will receive a $10 discount if they choose to sign up for all five events. The voucher to use for this is BFEGDD9W. SUN 15 MAY: Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt SUN 29 MAY: Karori Park, Karori SUN 24 JULY: Grenada North Park, off Jamaica Drive, Tawa SUN 14 AUGUST: Petone Memorial Park/Sladden Park, Petone SUN 28 AUGUST: From WHAC Clubrooms, Mt Victoria, The event on Sunday 24 July at Grenada North Park is also doubling as the Wellington Cross Country Club Champs, so medals will be presented to the top three club members in each year level as well as the Athletics Hub medals for the first three placings. To compete in this event as a club member you must still enter that event through the Athletics Hub website link above or below. For full details on the series go to https://www.athleticshub.co.nz/our-programmes#kidsxcountry
Athletics Wellington Cross Country and Road Calendar 2016
For a link to the 2016 Athletics Wellington Cross Country and Road Calendar click here
Check out Sport Wellington’s Sport Connector newsletter and keep up to date with the latest news, workshops and information from the sporting sector. You can find it here.
And nominations for the Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Award are now open. Time to reward our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, administrators. Details at www.wellingtonsportsawards.co.nz
2016 Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon Check out the info for the 2016 Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon.
42k, 21k, 10k, 5k & Kids’ Magic Mile. There's something for everyone.
Full info and online entry at www.wellingtonmarathon.kiwi