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4 October 2022 • Track and Field

2022-23 summer dates announcement

(Photo: Alisha Lovrich)

The athletics community can look forward to a red-hot three-month long summer track and field season following the announcement of the dates for the 2022-23 campaign.

The Night of Fives (WA Challenger) kick starts the summer season with a return to its traditional pre-Christmas slot on Saturday 17 December. Following track renovations, the Porritt Classic in Hamilton is also back on the calendar on Saturday 11 February while the Sir Graeme Douglas International in Auckland will climax the season on Thursday 16 March.

Following a successful 2022 World Championships and Commonwealth Games for the New Zealand team, the domestic season represents a chance for athletes to cement their campaign in the countdown to the 2023 World Championships in Budapest and the World Para Athletics Championships in Paris.

Athletics NZ High Performance Director Scott Newman said: “We’re looking forward to a bumper summer of athletics with the return of international athletes to New Zealand and a refreshed domestic calendar. The season is highlighted by the return of the Porritt Classic and a later Sir Graeme Douglas International stretching the season into mid-March.

“New Zealand has again been successful in gaining Continental Tour Bronze level status for two meets, being the International Track Meet in Christchurch in mid Feb and the Sir Graeme Douglas International in Auckland.”

Dates – 2022-23 summer season

Saturday 17 December – Daikin Night of 5s (WA Challenger) – Auckland

Saturday 7 January – Lovelock Classic (National Permit Meet) – Timaru

Saturday 21 January – Potts Classic (WA Challenger) – Hastings – (including NZ U20 3000m Championships)

Saturday 28 January – PAK’nSAVE Cooks Classic (WA Challenger) – Whanganui – (including NZ U20 and senior mile Championships)

Friday 3 February – Team Ledger Harcourts Capital Classic (WA Challenger) – Wellington – (including NZ senior 3000m championships

Saturday 4 February – Sola Power Throwers Meet (WA Challenger) – Lower Hutt

Saturday 11 February – Porritt Classic (National Permit Meet) – Hamilton

Sunday 19 February – International Track Meet (WA Cont Tour Bronze) – Christchurch 

Thursday 2 March-Sunday 5 March – 2023 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships – Wellington

Thursday 16 March – Sir Graeme Douglas International presented by Harcourts Cooper & Co (WA Cont Tour Bronze) – Auckland


***The full event grid for the forthcoming 2022-23 New Zealand Track and Field season including all para events is also now available. See more here