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Welcome to the April 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.
New Online Entry System for the XC and Road Season


This winter season club members won’t need a shoe timing chip.  We are using race bibs this year instead.  All race bibs will have a barcode that will be scanned at the end of each race.  The bibs are already used for the Kids XC series and have proved very popular and assisted with producing fast and accurate results.

You are encouraged to enter in time to receive a personalised race bib. You have the option to enter each race separately or to enter all four events at the start of the season.  If you enter by Friday 13 May you'll receive a personalised race bib on the day of the Vosseler. If you enter all four races then you will use the same race bib for each event (no need to line up more than once to get your bib).  The race bibs will be available at the first interclub you compete in (so for the Vosseler go to the WHAC clubrooms at least 30 minutes before your race).

Enter online at least a week prior to each interclub and you will receive a personalised race bib.  If you register within the week or on the day then you will receive a handwritten race bib.  All starters must wear a bib.

The interclub events you can enter online are:
Vosseler Shield, Saturday 21 May
Dorne Cup Saturday 11 June
Wellington Cross Country Champs, Sunday 24 July (note it is Sunday not Saturday this year)*
Wellington Road Champs, Saturday 20 August
For the link to enter CLICK HERE
For a link with all the 'Important Info' CLICK HERE 
Are you interested in being on the Athletics Wellington Board
The Board is presently seeking to appoint two Board Members.  We are seeking applicants who are strategic, curious and innovative and who want to add value to a well-established and respected organisation, while at the same time wishing to work in and enhance the team culture.  We would like to hear from applicants who can demonstrate strong leadership and judgment in a senior management and/or governance role.  Board Members are appointed for a two year period and it is a voluntary (unpaid) position.  For more info click here
Time running out to nominate athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers..
Time is running out to nominate coaches, athletes, officials, teams, volunteers, administrators in our sport.

Athletics Wellington Sports Awards - closes 6 May
The Athletics Wellington Sports Awards are being held on Wednesday 18 May at The Dockside Restaurant and Bar, Queens Wharf, Wellington.  Nominations are closing 6 May so we encourage everyone involved in the sport to have a think about who you or your club could nominate.  
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.  If you'd like to attend this dinner ($40) contact Rama on

For the Athletics Wellington Sports Awards online entry form click here.  If you would prefer to complete a word document instead contact

Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards - closes this Monday 2 May
As you may already know, nominations are now open for the Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards 2016. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to reward your achievers and celebrate success in your sport!  Nominations close this coming Monday.  For more info and to make your online nomination click here
Kids Cross Country Series - discount for club members
The Kids Cross Country Series is back again for its fourth year running.  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 open at  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 for club members to use for this is BFEGDD9W.  To receive a personalised race bib on the day you need to sign up at least one week prior to each event, so for the first event enter before the 8th of May.
SUN 15 MAY:  Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt
SUN 29 MAY:  Karori Park, Karori (possibility this event could be held at Ian Galloway Park)
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,

Note:  this year the Kids X Country Series event on Sun 29 May in Tawa doubles as the Wellington Cross Country Champs for club members.  There will be medals for all year levels rather than just Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13.  To be eligible for an Athletics Wellington Cross Country medal you must sign up for this event like you would normally do through the Athletics Hub website, be a current 2016/17 financial member and wear your club singlet.
Rising Star Phoebe McKnight
Hutt Valley athlete Phoebe McKnight has taken to athletics like a duck to water.  She knows a bit about water too, as she used to swim at a national level – she medalled in her last national event, the gruelling 200m butterfly - before making the switch to athletics last year.

In the past year, McKnight, 14, has won her age grade in interclub events the Vossler Shield, the Dorne Cup, Wellington Centre Cross Country and Wellington Centre Road Champs.  For Hutt Valley High School she has won the College Sport Wellington cross country and road titles and won the Year 9 cross country title at NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country.

For track and field she came second at North Island Secondary Schools Track and Field Champs in both the 3000m and 1500m events.  For Wellington she came 2nd in the NZ Under 20 3000m at the Potts Classic and 2nd in the Under 18 3000m at the NZ Track and Field Champs in Dunedin.  Her 9min 39sec time there was under the World Youth qualifying time – which she eventually found out when she got back to her hotel.
“I didn’t expect that,” she said. “I got a big pb of 11 seconds. I’m going to have to do it again this year. I hope I can.”  She will.

Last week she competed in the Shaw Baton relay and was the fastest female of all ages, clocking 7min 23sec, also ahead of her older brother Jayden.
“I was pretty proud- Tessa Hunt and Kelsey Forman were in the same group. It was lots of fun.”
  Read more
TempoFit's first event Wellington season was a massive success


We've had over 60 runners join us from around Wellington and amazingly the weather has played ball (most of the time!). Missed it? Don't stress because we've got another season starting 16 May leading up to the Wellington Marathon (or half or 10k ... whatever tickles your fancy!).  Locations are Kilbirnie/Hataitai, CBD, Ngaio/Khandallah, Tawa and Lower Hutt.

Who is TempoFit for?
TempoFit is designed for your everyday jogger, plodder and weekend warrior. So long as you can run 5k non-stop (at any speed) you will fit in perfectly at TempoFit and have plenty of company.   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.

For more info or to sign up for the next 6-week TempoFit 'season' starting mid May go to

Finn Seeds - up and coming cross country & track athlete 

Finn Seeds is a name you are going to hear about in future.  He’s a 12-year-old Year 9 student at Hutt International Boys School, and is unbeaten in 1500m and 800m.  In both events at the North Island Secondary School champs this year he won the U14 1500m by four seconds, in 4:19.57, and clinched the 800m win, clocking 2:05.06.

He started running after encouragement from his father, Gareth Seeds, a former junior regional champion in England, and now under the guidance of his coaches, Darryl Robinson and Don Dalgliesh.  First it was cross country, following a chance introduction to the event from Kent Lawton, cross country teacher at HIBS.  
“I never used to be a good runner until the start of the 2015 cross country season – something must have just clicked,” he said.  “I like cross country, it’s much more fun than running around in circles – and there are interesting obstacles.”

But it is his first "running around in circles" national secondary schools champs he has his eye on. He wants to break two minutes in the 800m and 4:10.00 in the 1500m, and take both titles. 
“That would be amazing,” he said. “Nationals is the big one.”  Read more
Max Spencer's run of success continues
It’s not often that an athlete in his first season in a sport comes away with a secondary school sports medal and two medals at an overseas competition – all of them gold.
That’s with a Sportsperson of the Year award on his trophy cabinet.  Max Spencer, 15, did.
“It sounds great when you put it like that,” he said.  “I’m very new to the sport. I was shocked when I got the award – but I trained really hard.”

Spencer, a middle distance athlete, won the Wairarapa Junior Sportsperson of the Year award a few months back, and has recently returned from his first international competition - the Oceania Championships in Tahiti – picking up two golds in the 1500m and 3000m events. He said it was good getting international experience.
“I was flown into an event, without a coach, that I hadn’t been to before.”
However, he said the quality of middle distance running wan’t at quite the same intensity in Tahiti as in New Zealand – he won by 17 seconds in the 1500m and by more than 25 seconds in the 3000m.

His times have dropped quickly.  Read more
CONGRATULATIONS TO James Preston (800m), Alison Andrews-Paul (800m) and Jacob Matson (4 x 100m relay) who have been named to represent NZ at the Under 20 World Champs in Poland in July. Countdown time begins.  For the Athletics NZ media release click here

UNIVERSITY RELAYS:  The next cross country interclub event on the calendar is the University Relays to be held at McKays Crossing, Paekakariki on Saturday 7 May.  Relay event for Junior Men, Junior Women, Seniors and Masters.  Races also for 13 and under, 11 and under and 9 and under.  For more info click here

SENIOR TRACK AND FIELD PLANNING DAY:  If you're interested in providing input to the planning of the 2016-17 Senior Track and Field season you're welcome to attend an upcoming planning meeting on Sunday 8 May starting at 1pm at the Olympic Harrier and Athletic Clubrooms, Bannister Avenue, Johnsonville (Alex Moore Park - top floor of the two storey building).

RELAY EVENT FOR COLLEGE TEAMS AT NEW VENUE THIS YEAR - IAN GALLOWAY PARK:  Athletics Wellington and Scottish are pleased to invite colleges to take part in the above races at Ian Galloway Park on Wednesday 11th May 2016, starting at 1.30pm. Please note, if you’re unable to form a team, we can form a composite team so you get to race.  Please advise if you'd like to be put in a composite team by emailing
NEW THIS YEAR:  The Karori Relay event is being used to select the Wellington 5-person Relay Teams to compete at the NZSSAA Cross Country Relay Champs the day after nationals in Rotorua (2km relay for each grade).  For more info including a map click here

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP FOR HUTT VALLEY RESIDENT:  The Hutt Valley Marathon Clinic are keen to support local talented youth to develop their running.  Applications are now open for our Youth Scholarship 2016.  Awarded each year, the Youth Scholarship is open to any runner under the age of 20, either currently residing in the Hutt Valley, or living there immediately prior to current study in another location.  CLICK HERE for more info.

SOLAPOWER THROWING ACADEMY QUIZ NIGHT FUNDRAISER:  All proceeds are going towards their building fund. They'd love you to come along and invite your friends/family. If you would like to book a table (8-10 people), or buy individual tickets - let them know ASAP as they will sell fast.  There will be prizes, auctions and raffles on the night!  They will also have food and drinks (non-alcoholic and wine/beer) for sale, so come along for dinner and some good fun!!  CASH only and no BYO.  Email or phone 021 331317
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.

Nominations for the Sport Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Award close this Monday 2 May.  Time to reward our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, administrators.  Details at

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
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Athlete profiles written by Dave Crampton

Jo Murray, Sport Development Manager, Athletics Wellington or 021 976116

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