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10 January 2023 • Community

AGM, Connections Conference and Road Champs date change

The New Zealand Road Championships, AGM and Connections Conference will now take place a week later than originally planned.

Athletics NZ wishes to notify that the Connections Conference and Annual General Meeting, originally set for 2 September and New Zealand Road Championships, originally set for 3 September, has been re-scheduled to now take place on the weekend of 9-10 September.

The Manawatu region will still play host, with the Sport and Rugby Institute at Massey University in Palmerston North hosting the Connections Conference and AGM on 9 September, and the New Zealand Road Championships scheduled for 10 September at a yet to be determined location in the Manawatu region.

Since the original announcement of Palmerston North/Manawatu as the venue for the 2023 Road Race/Connections Conference/AGM – two major secondary school sporting events, and a jazz festival has subsequently been organised to take place in the city on the same weekend, which has led to a shortage of accommodation options. Given this early notice, Athletics NZ made the decision to move the events to the weekend after to that initially advised.

Attendance for the Connections Conference and AGM is free to all clubs affiliated for 2023/24; all affiliated clubs are encouraged to send a delegate(s) to both the conference and AGM.

The AGM and conference are a flagship weekend for the athletics community, with board members, key staff, centre leaders and club leaders gathering to connect, share and engage with one another.

Athletics NZ Club Development Lead Stu Savage said: “The Connections Conference provides and facilitates the opportunity to share insights, ideas, and stories. It’s as much about clubs having the chance to connect with one another as it is for Athletics NZ, centres, and key stakeholders to provide information. The Sport and Rugby Institute at Massey University provides a great venue and setting in which to do this.”

The 2022 New Zealand Road Championships will follow on Sunday 10 September at the same venue, making for an action-packed weekend not to be missed.

Athletics New Zealand Competitions Manager Jason Cameron said: “Feilding Moa Athletic & Harrier Club have earned a great reputation for the quality of their New Zealand Road Relay course and event, so we are super excited to be working with them on the New Zealand Road Champs later this year.”

Information on the Sport and Rugby Institute at Massey University can be found here.