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Athletics New Zealand provides opportunities for all members of communities and each week thousands of people take part in Athletics New Zealand initiatives. From pre-schoolers to school aged children in school and club based athletics activities, to teenagers, adults and masters across a wide range of events and opportunities. From fundamental movement skills programmes, to family club nights in the suburbs, to regional, national and international level competitions.

This is achieved via a network of more than 190 clubs from Kaitaia to Invercargill, and with a number of key delivery partners including specific children’s, schools and masters organisations. Several corporate backers , Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand in particular provide valuable support and funding in helping Athletics New Zealand achieve its goals.

Athletics New Zealand has a rich heritage of Olympic and Commonwealth Games success. Athletics New Zealand has spawned some of New Zealand’s sporting icons – Jack Lovelock, Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker and recently, Beatrice Faumuina, Nick Willis and Valerie Adams. They are part of the sporting fabric of New Zealand – literally - being the first New Zealand sport to wear the colour black in an international sporting context! 

Founded in 1887, they are New Zealand’s member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which provides the international pathway for our thousands of participants, officials, coaches and administrators.  As an IAAF member Athletics New Zealand is tasked with enhancing and promoting all aspects of athletics activity in New Zealand including track and field athletics, cross country running, mountain running, road running and walking and associated programmes and development initiatives.

Why be a part of Athletics New Zealand

Athletics New Zealand Strategic Plan (July 2017)

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