Have you thought about what it means to you to be part of Athletics New Zealand?
We’ve highlighted ten benefits of being a member and list them below.
1 - National Pride
Athletics NZ organises 13 different national championships ranging from track and field, cross country, road, mountain running and race walking competitions. One of the annual highlights is the National Road Relays Championships, which each year attracts 800 - 1100 participants. Typically around 600 athletes compete at the flagship NZ Track & Field Championships.
All of our current and previous Olympians, that we get so much pride from watching compete at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, have all competed at the National Championships – and still do! Who doesn’t enjoy watching our athletes perform to their best and win on the international stage? That doesn’t happen without access to quality Championship events.
2 – Coaches and Officials support
Athletics NZ provides all the tools and resources needed to assist the development of coaching from grassroots to excelling on the international stage.
Providing the qualification pathway, the sharing of technical information and a range of support opportunities from the National Coaching Conference or accessing online training modules - educational tools for entry level officials and coaches. Athletics NZ has put in place multiple means to ensure the future growth of all its members.
Ellerslie Amateur Athletics and Harrier Club recently used Athletics NZ expertise to coach more than 50 parents the Run Jump Throw programme – support which is vital for the long-term health of the Auckland-based club.
“The help provided by Athletics NZ is invaluable in terms of developing the next generation of coaches,” said club vice-president Jarrod Felton. “The coach training was well received by the parents and will provide the necessary catalyst to our coaching support and knowledge base for the future.”
Athletics New Zealand Coaching hub
3 – Officials Information
From officiating at a local club night or in national or international competition, Athletics NZ provides the developmental pathway for officials to prosper at every level.
Jim McIlroy, the Regional Officials Co-ordinator for the Wellington region, believes the pathway that Athletics NZ provides has enabled him to achieve his officiating goals.
“I was keen to progress and my Wellington colleagues kept me informed of what to do next,” said McIlroy, a qualified National Technical Official. “At a national level, I have been both supported and provided with opportunities to develop.”
Athletics New Zealand Officials Information
4 - You’re Covered
Athletics NZ has in place public and statutory liability insurance cover for all members and clubs while participating in athletics related activities in New Zealand and overseas. This means clubs can get on with organising activities for their members and not worry about arranging insurance cover or the cost involved.
Athletics New Zealand Public & Statutory Liability Insurance
5 – Know your National Ranking
All Athletics NZ members (subject to reaching the standards set for each event) are listed on the Athletics NZ Track & Field rankings lists. Over 3200 athletes have more than 60,000 performances in the rankings. Athletes, coaches and fans have an up to date record of all performances during a season. All-time lists and up to date national records are also available.
Athletics NZ Rankings & Records
6 – ClubNet
All Athletics NZ clubs use ClubNet – the sport's state of the art membership database. The sport-wide system allows athletes to join a club or renew their membership online, update their details so their club, centre and Athletics NZ can communicate with them directly. It also enables members to enter Athletics NZ championships online for club or open events and the instant online member registration reduces the administrative work for club volunteers.
Wellington Scottish programme co-ordinator Todd Stevens said of ClubNet: “It’s fantastic to now have a one-stop shop for all of the club’s registration and membership needs. No more clumsy spreadsheets! ClubNet allows members to update their own details and pay online, while levies are automatically forwarded to Athletics Wellington. For our winter interclub competition we no longer have to manually send registration and electronic timing tag information to race organisers as they can access directly from ClubNet.”
7 – Information Flow
The communications package served up to Athletics NZ members is both thorough and informative. From the regular updates on the Athletics NZ website, a weekly round-up and the fortnightly Athletics in Action newsletter, Athletics NZ brings you the best in results, reports and features for its members. The needs of the coaches, officials and clubs are met by the distribution of targeted newsletters. Meanwhile, all 11 centres and 200+ clubs can access free advertisement-free website provided by Athletics NZ.
Athletics New Zealand website
8 – Pathway to the Podium
Athletics NZ provides a pathway for athletes to be selected for pinnacle international events such as Olympic and Commonwealth Games, along with World championships for Youth Junior and Senior athletes. The High Performance team at Athletics NZ alongside the support services provided by High Performance Sport NZ – such as physiology, psychology, nutrition, strength and conditioning and biomechanics - assist around 100 Kiwi athletes on their elite development pathway.
Through this support, we are all playing a part in ensuring the next Valarie Adams or Nick Willis (our future champions) are coming through the ranks.
Athletics New Zealand High Performance programme
9 – Keeping the Cost Down
More than $300,000 hits Athletics NZ coffers each year from Gaming Trusts with significant benefit to members. Some of the cash is devoted to the hosting of national championships and so driving down entry fees. It also helps fund initiatives such as the grassroots online coaching programme and the National Coaching Conference. Athletics NZ also offers a number of Member Benefits including discounted entry fees for Rotorua Marathon to its members.
Member Benefits Programme
10 – Influencing the Future
All clubs have one vote each and can play a full role in the democratic process by electing the majority of board members (note four of the seven are elected and three are appointed). Any club also the right to agenda items for discussion at the AGM and propose rule changes to the Constitution and Regulations. One recent by-law change, for example, brought about by the clubs has seen a change in the scoring system to determine the top overall club at the prestigious National Road Relays Championships.
We think there are more benefits of being involved with Athletics New Zealand than listed here, and while each member is unique; we want to cater for everyone’s differing requirements.