Athletics also offers children the opportunity to participate in a variety of regional and national events. Some are based on a trial and selection process, others you can simply choose to participate in of your own free will. The club will offer information over the course of the season as each of these events comes up. Below is some basic information about some of the event opportunities available.
Auckland & National Events
Trans- Tasman (10-11 Yr olds)
The Trans-Tasman Tour is for athletes in the U11 and U12 age groups, from both NSW and Auckland. Every second year, a team from NSW (boys and girls in both the U11 and U12 age groups), travel to Auckland for the Trans-Tasman Tour. On alternate years, a team from Auckland travels to Sydney. In the 2017/18 season the Trans-Tasman Challenge will take place in Auckland. The tour will take place in Sydney in 2019.
Any Waitakere Athlete who fits the age criteria can trial for the Trans- Tasman squad
Interprovincial Championships (12-13 Yr Olds)
The interprovincial championships is for 12 – 13 year old athletes. Each province in New Zealand selects a team to represent them in the competition. This event started in Easter 1979 when the first meeting was held in Nelson. There were only 5 teams present, but over the years it has grown to where every athletic centre in New Zealand, has a team represented. Each team consists of a maximum of 44 athletes and 8 adults. Every athlete must be able to compete in 4 events, excluding relays. They must also be a combination of track and field events. Athletes score points for each event and this goes towards the team total. Relays are included in the overall total. The points are based on the decathlon scoring system. There are no semi-finals, finals or individual placings.
Any Waitakere Athlete who fits the age criteria can trial for the Interprovincial squad.
The Auckland Champs is an opportunity for athletes to compete in their preferred events against athletes from all across Auckland. Any athlete can compete in the Auckland Champs in a variety of events.
The Junior Auckland Champs (7 -11 yrs) will be held from the 16th – 18th March, 2018.
In the junior pentathlon, athletes compete in five different events and accrue points to achieve the highest number. Any Waitakere athlete can participate in the Pentathlon.
The Pentathlon will be held on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.
The Colgate Games are the biggest junior athletics competition held in NZ and are held over three days in the North Island and the South Island in January each year. Each event attracts anywhere from 1000 to 1500 young athletes aged from 7 to 14 years of age. Anyone can attend the Colgate Games as long as they are registered with an athletics club.
In 2019 they are being held:
- Friday 4 to Sunday 6 January 2019 in Hamilton
- Friday 11 to Sunday 13 January 2019 in Dunedin
The Top Ten, competition involves 2 athletes from each age/sex competing as a team. The target is for each team to finish in the Top Ten Clubs, medals will be awarded to the top three pairs. As well as the age group scores, the club as a whole accumulates points for each performance and the overall goal is for the club to finish in the Top 3 clubs in Auckland. The club will select athletes based on performance during the season.