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 2019/20 season the Trans-Tasman Challenge will take place in Auckland.
Any Waitakere Athlete who fits the age criteria can trial for the Trans- Tasman squad
Further information on the 2020 tour is not yet available.
Interprovincial Championships (12-13 Yr Olds & U16-U18 Year Olds)
The interprovincial championships is for 12 – 13 year old athletes and for U16-U18 year olds. 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.
U16-U18 IP’s will be held at Poritt Stadium in Hamilton on the 25th January, 2020. 12-13 IP’s will be held on the 4th-5th April, 2020 in Auckland.
Programme for the trial not yet available.
Registration forms not yet available.
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 Auckland Champs (All ages) will be held from the 1st – 2nd February and 8th – 9th February, 2020.
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, March 7th, 2020.
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.
Registration forms for the North Island and South Island Games can be found here:
In 2020 they are being held:
- Friday 10 to Sunday 12 January 2020 in Taranaki.
- Friday 17 to Sunday 19 January 2019 in Christchurch.
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.
The Top Ten competition will be held on Saturday, 14th March, 2020.