Welcome to track and field athletics in canterbury

Welcome to the 2019 / 2020 Track and Field Season. 

The Saturday Programmes will be posted on this page in the 'Programmes Coming Up ...' section below ASAP before each meeting.  We are open to suggestions as to what you would like to have each week. Have a great Season.  

Athletics Canterbury Track & Field Programme 2019 / 2020 Season - (PDF)    Programme enquiries to Andrew Stark (E-mail)

The Athletics Canterbury 2019 - 2020 Summer Booklet is currently be prepared and will be available to all registered athletes at Interclub meetings and as a PDF downloadable version.  

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New procedure for entering interclub

NEW INITIATIVES for the 2019 - 2020 Season:

This season we are introducing some new initiatives to help improve how we operate track & field meetings at Nga Puna Wai.  Our aim is to provide a more positive experience for all, i.e. for athletes, officials, coaches and supporters.  If you have any suggestions as to how we can improve our procedures, please contact me (Andrew Stark) or Ian Thomas.  We are always open to new suggestions.

  1. Online Entry System for Interclub:

    We are currently creating an online entry system for all interclub competitions.  We will require ALL athletes to pre-enter & prepay for Saturday Interclub by 11:45 p.m. on THURSDAY.  While we test the new system, we will accept late entries on the day, however entries will close 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for the event.  Ultimately you will pay a late entry fee once the system is fully operational.  You will also be required to be registered for you club to enter.  Therefore, if you have not paid your 2019 - 2020 club fees, please do so ASAP before OPENING Day on 12th October 2019. Our intention is NOT to make this too difficult, nor turn anyone away who wants to compete.  If this new system is going to be a problem for you, please contact Andrew or Ian and we can organised some alternative arrangements.   Once entries have been received, checked and confirmed, the start lists and field sheets will be created and posted on this page and Facebook by 5:00 p.m. Friday.
  2. Officials Roster: 

    A successful and safely run interclub meeting requires a certain number of officials, particularly for field events.  One of the challenges we have faced in the past is not knowing exactly how many officials we will have at any given meeting.  This makes it very difficult to create a weekly programme of events. This season ALL officials have been asked to express their availability in advance for a four to six week period and this will be done via e-mail.  This will allow us to co-ordinate who does what prior to the meeting and ensure we can run all events as time tabled.
  3. Duty Club / Helpers Roster:

    In recent seasons, there has been a decline in the number of graded officials (Red Shirts) and we are actively trying to rectify this situation.  If you are interested in becoming a graded official, then we can offer 'on the job' training.  However, there are numerous jobs and tasks that require helpers who do not need to be a graded official.  As an incentive to help, we will create a roster of 10 to 15 'helpers' per interclub who will assist the duty club move gear around & pack it away or be teamed up with an experienced official to help run an event.  We are currently creating a 'job description' of what being a helper involves.  Remember, you need NO experience, just a willingness to help.  We are encouraging athletes to step forward to help and in return, you will receive a voucher entitling you a ONE FREE interclub, i.e. pay NO competition fee.  Helpers will be called for via e-mail. 
  4. Nga Puna Wai Training Fees: 

    This is a user pays venue.  Training fees collected help Athletics Canterbury pay for venue hire and equipment repairs / purchases.  Please pay if you train there regularly.  You have FOUR options and to read more about these options or to pay a fee, go to the Nga Puna Wai Training page on the website.  At any time you are training at Nga Puna Wai, you may be asked if you have paid.  Failure to have paid means you will be asked to leave immediately!!

The success of all Athletics Canterbury events requires the goodwill of those who work hard behind the scenes to make it happen.  I am keen to change the culture and share the workload by encouraging athletes and supporters to get involved too.  You might think you can't do that, but remember everyone felt that way at first!!  Let's make this the most successful season we have had so far .... and you can be part of it!

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew or Ian.

Andrew Stark
Chairman - Athletics Canterbury Track & Field Committee

Programmes coming up ...

For this week's programme, go to the Calendar on the HOME PAGE

NEW Season's Competition Fees:

Seniors & Masters 30-64 = $10.00
Under age & Masters 65+ = $8.00
Grade 14 / 13 = $5.00

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Meeting Results:

Additional Information for Athletes:

Timing of track & field events & who can compete:

Saturday afternoon inter-club is open to ALL Grade 14 athletes, as from opening day. 

Grade 13 athletes can attend Saturday afternoon interclub in the year in which you start high school.  For some, that could well be from the opening day in October in any given year or as from 1st January the following year.

NOTE:  We will run separate U16 events if required, but generally Grade 13 / 14 athletes will be joining in with the older athletes, including masters.

Under Age Grades - How old are you next year?

Will your competition grade changed as from 1st January next year?

Your competition under age grade is determined by your age as at 31st December in the year of competition.

This means that if you turn 18 during next year, you will be required to compete as an U-20 athlete as from 1st January (even if your birthday is on 31st December that year).  You can still use Secondary School implement weights & heights for your events in preparation for the inter-school events.

For athletes who turn 20 during next year, you will be required to compete as a Senior athletes as from 1st January.

If you are unsure, please ask for clarification.

Andrew Stark
Chairman - Athletics Canterbury Track & Field Committee / President Athletics Canterbury

03 338 0516 or aws@xtra.co.nz

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