Welcome to the 2020 / 2021 Track and Field Season.
On this page you will find general information about the upcoming season.
For detailed information about weekly interclub meetings, select the COMPETITION / EVENTS on the Homepage, then select the date of the meeting.
Are you interesting in competing for Canterbury?
CANTERBURY TEAM INFORMATION including TEAM selection
Click on the link above to find out more about the National Track & Field Championships being held in Hastings, 5th to 7th March 2021.
All results can be found under the drop down menu called COMPETITION / RESULTS.
Select the year (2020-2021) and category (SENIOR TRACK & FIELD).
What’s NEW this season?
This season we have introduced a series FIVE Community Thursday Night Twilight Meetings during the months of November & December, however club athletes are welcome to compete in the track events.
We will be offering a ‘have a go’ long jump and shot put event each meeting. While we have not added an interclub field event, if there is a demand, this will be considered.
The field event being added would be one that is not being offered on the following Saturday.
Good luck with the season ahead …
Andrew Stark (Chair – Athletics Canterbury Track & Field Committee)
Procedure for entering Senior Interclub & NPW Community Events:
Last season we are introducing some new initiatives to help improve how we operate track & field meetings at Ngā 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.
Online Entry System for Interclub:
- ALL athletes are required to pre-enter & prepay for Senior Interclub by 11:45 p.m. on the THURSDAY prior to Saturday or the date advertised if the meeting is not held on a Saturday. If this procedure is as follows, unless you have made a prior arrangement with Andrew Stark.
- Late entries on the day (up to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for the event) will only be accepted if there is space available in the event, particularly races in lanes.
- An additional $5.00 LATE ENTRY fee will now be charged as from 14th November 2020.
- NO LATE ENTRIES for ALL hurdle events!
- You are also required to wear your registration number or you risk not being able to compete.
- Once entries have been received, checked and confirmed, the start lists and field sheets will be created and posted on the calendar page for the date of the meeting, plus a Facebook post, by 5:00 p.m. Friday.
NOTE: The same system will be used for the Thursday night CANRUN Track Twilight meetings.
- A successful and safely run interclub meeting requires a certain number of officials, particularly for field events. The on-going challenge we face is not knowing exactly how many officials there at each meeting. We have created a weekly programme of events, however if we do not have adequate officials to safely runs ALL field events, we have a problem. Last season we introduced an official’s roster and this system will continue this season. This will allow us to co-ordinate who does what prior to the meeting and ensure we can run all events as timetabled.
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. If you see we are struggling to run any event or move gear around, please offer to help. Remember, you need NO experience, just a willingness to help.
Ngā Puna Wai Training Fees:
- This is a user pays venue. Competition and training fees collected help Athletics Canterbury pay for the 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, click here. 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!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ATHLETES:
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.
Chairman – Athletics Canterbury Track & Field Committee / President Athletics Canterbury
Action Photos from 2019-2020:
Last season we were fortunate to have Dennis Gin take photos during the season at some events. Click on the links below if you would like to relive those events.