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Dates announced for 2024 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships
The 2024 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships at Newtown Park is set to take place from Thursday to Sunday 14-17 March.
The slightly later date in the calendar for the premier event of the domestic season will extend the domestic track and field season and give centres an additional week to schedule their key competitions during February.
Earlier this year the 2023 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships at Newtown Park – which took place from 2-5 March – was an outstanding success. For the first time an under-16 division competed as part of an expanded four-day programme while our elite athletes excelled, producing series of world-class performances led by sprint sensation Zoe Hobbs, who set a national record in the women’s 100m.
The mid-March date for the 2024 championships will have the additional benefit of providing extra time for athletes to prepare and will allow for a shorter turnaround for athletes intending to compete in the key meets across the Tasman highlighted by the Australian Championships.
The date will also allow our pinnacle athletes to return to New Zealand to compete in the capital following the World Athletics Indoor Championships, which take place in Glasgow, Scotland from 1-3 March.
Athletics NZ Competitions Manager Jason Cameron said: “The first four grade format across four days at a national track and field championships was a big success at Newtown Stadium earlier this year. We are looking forward to returning in March 2024, especially with the upgraded facilities at the venue and the prospect of some night sessions with the newly installed lights.”
Athletics Wellington General Manager Tony Rogers added: “As regional centre manager it can only be good news to have a longer season for senior athletes and a less congested calendar. It is also great to see the return to later dates that were advocated and trialled some 20 years ago. Athletics Wellington are also excited to have some upgraded facilities for the 2024 edition.”
The 2024 edition of the Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships will also act as an important staging post for many of our elite athletes on the road to the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games, which take place later next year.
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