Coaching

What do Dame Yvette Corlett, Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker, Tom Walsh, Dame Valerie Adams, Nick Willis and Eliza McCartney all have in common? They were all developed by grassroots domestic coaches who work within our network of 170+ clubs nationwide.

Coaching is a fantastic way to contribute to the community as it is all about growing ‘people’ as well as growing ‘athletes.’ Coaches are hugely influential on those they work with and the role can be highly rewarding.

Athletics NZ has two types of Coach Memberships: Community Coach membership and the Accredited Coach membership. More information about the requirements and benefits of our Coach Memberships can be found here.

If you are new to the world of coaching and would like some support to get started, contact the Athletics NZ Coaching Coordinator to get some more information about the development opportunities in your area. You can also visit our Development and Education page for further reading, resources, and upcoming workshop dates.

We also encourage you to read the Athletics NZ Coach Development 2020-2028 Strategic Plan and the Strategic Plan Summary.

  • Coaching Membership
  • News
  • Coach Development & Education
  • Find a Coach

Coaching Membership

Athletics NZ offers two Coach Memberships to coaches in our community. Our Coach Membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Community Coach Membership

The Athletics NZ Community Coach Membership is open to anyone who coaches within our sport. It is most suited to those who are new on their coaching journey, but can also include club coaches, parent coaches and Foundation Programme coaches.

The minimum requirements for the Community Coach membership are:

  • Police vetting – required every three years
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Coaches Code of Conduct
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Member Protection and Anti-Harassment Regulations
  • Completing the Child Safety education module, with refresher courses required every 3 years

Some of the benefits of the Community Coach Membership are:

  • Individual Coach Membership Card
  • Athletics NZ Coach credentials/recognition at national and regional level
  • Your name listed in the National Coaches registry, published on our website
  • Access to regular Coaching Newsletters – Coaches Korero
  • Access to all Athletics NZ Member benefits
  • Discounted entry to coach education workshops
  • Ability to purchase Athletics NZ branded coach merchandise
  • The first 100 registered Community Coaches will each receive a branded drawstring bag and Te Reo language resources.

Accredited Coach Membership

The Athletics NZ Accredited Coach Membership provides a level of quality assurance into our coaching framework to continue to meet the needs of participants within our sport.

The Accredited Coach membership is for established coaches who have been coaching athletics for at least three years, and/or have received education or attended training relevant to athletics event coaching.

All Accredited Coach applications are subject to meeting the criteria which is based on a recognition of prior learning, prior experience, and current competency.

The minimum requirements for the Accredited Coach membership are:

  • Police vetting, required every three years
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Coaches Code of Conduct
  • Signing and abiding by the Athletics NZ Member Protection and Anti-Harassment Regulations
  • Completing the Child Safety education module, with refresher courses required every 3 years
  • Completing the Drug Free Sport NZ ‘Support Personnel’ online education module, required every 3 years

Some of the benefits of the Accredited Coach Membership are:

  • Individual Coach Membership Card
  • Athletics NZ Coach credentials/recognition at national and regional level
  • Your name listed in the National Coaches registry, published on our website
  • Apply for Athletics New Zealand Team positions
  • Free admission to Athletics NZ Championship competitions for registered coaches
  • Apply for Coaching Performance Enhancement Grants; any Sport NZ, HPSNZ or Athletics NZ Coach development programmes; and any Prime Ministers Coaching Scholarships
  • Access to regular Coaching Newsletters – Coaches Korero
  • Access to all Athletics NZ Member benefits
  • Discounted entry to coach education workshops
  • Automatic membership to Oceania Athletics Coaches Association
  • Ability to purchase Athletics NZ branded coach merchandise
  • Membership Pack that includes a branded drawstring bag and notebook, Drug Free Sport NZ resource, Te Reo language resources as well as additional sponsor discounts and offers.
  • Apply for and attend IAAF RDC Coach development courses

This membership season, we are also introducing the Accredited Performance Coach membership. Coaches who have completed the Performance Coach Qualification (PCQ) programme or who have been identified as coaching in the performance space will be recognized as Accredited Performance Coaches in the coach registry. Accredited Performance Coaches have the same coach benefits as Accredited Coaches.

If you have any questions about which membership type is right for you, please get in touch with Mariah Ririnui.

To sign up as an Athletics NZ Accredited or Community Coach, visit our Registration Portal.

News

We have regular news and articles contributed by coaches.

Click here to view Coaching News.

Coach Development & Education

The goal of the Athletics NZ Coaching Team is to “Grow the Person, the Passion and the Profession” of coaching. We achieve this by delivering a mix of formal and informal education and development opportunities.

We are currently working on developing a formal education programmes for Community Level coaches, as well as working to revamp the Performance Coach Qualification programme. In the meantime, if you are interested in coach development opportunities, please contact the Athletics NZ Coaching Coordinator Mariah Ririnui.

Event Group Plans

Event Group Plans are developed annually by our Athletics NZ Event Group Leads to support the ongoing growth of athletes and coaches within athletics. The objective is to cater for specific event group initiatives with a ‘whole of sport’ lens, catering for the needs of development and performance level athletes and coaches. Long-term athlete and coach development drives many of the Event Group Plan initiatives, as does growing collaborative, unified communities of practice.

Please note, due to the nature of some Event Group Plan initiatives, there will be some activities that will cater specifically to HP programme athletes and coaches.

A summary of the 2020-2021 Event Group Plan initiatives can be viewed here. All Event Group Plan opportunities can also be viewed on our Upcoming Workshops calendar below.

Upcoming Workshops

Please check back here for upcoming coach development workshops.

Further Reading and External Education

Drug Free Sport New Zealand

Drug Free Sport NZ is the lead agency for clean sport in NZ and provides free online and in person education for Athletics NZ coaches and administrators. Click here to visit Drug Free Sport NZ.

Sport NZ Sport Tutor

Sport Tutor is a self-paced learning portal for everyone involved in the play, active recreation and sport sector, developed by Sport New Zealand. There are e-learning courses available on a range of topics relevant for coaches. Click here to visit Sport Tutor.

Balance is Better

Balance is Better was developed by Sport NZ and offers a fresh way of thinking for those involved in delivering youth sport in New Zealand. Balance is Better focusses on how to encourage participation at all levels and develop skill at the right pace and includes some great resources relevant to coaches, administrators, and parents of young athletes. Click here to visit Balance is Better.

Find a Coach

RegionFirst NameLast NameEmailSprintsHurdlesJumpsThrowsMiddle & Long DistanceRace WalkingTaking New Athletes?GSG RJT
NorthlandIanBabeian.babe@xtra.co.nzYesNo
NorthlandDavidKnoxcladonia@xtra.co.nzYesYesYesYes
NorthlandGaryLittlegary.little@garylittle.kiwiYesYes
NorthlandIgnacioPeña Arayaignacio.eloy@gmail.comYesYesYesYes
AucklandDame ValerieAdamsYesNo
AucklandNeilBartlettneil.f.bartlett@hotmail.comYesYesYesYesYes
AucklandBrentBookerbrentbooker.bb@gmail.comYesYesYesYesYes
AucklandJohnBowdenjohnbowden56@gmail.comYesYes
AucklandTonyCatchpoletonydc66b@gmail.comYesYesYes
AucklandNickCodyrecodjas@xtra.co.nzYesYes
AucklandRochelleCosterrochellejc@hotmail.comYesYesYesYes
AucklandLisaCrosslisa.ggjock@yahoo.co.nzYesYes
AucklandTonyDeleirosanne_tony@xtra.co.nzYesYes
AucklandJohnEdenjohne@athletics.org.nzYesNo
AucklandJohnoGeejohnogee@xtra.co.nzYesYes
AucklandScottGoodmanYesNo
AucklandNureeGreenhalghnureeg@westernheights.school.nzYesYes
AucklandGraemeHoldengholden@outlook.comYesYes
AucklandJamesKueglerjameskuegler@gmail.comYesYesYesYes
AucklandRobertMallinderrmallinder@autmillennium.org.nzYesYesYesYes
AucklandMikeMarstonmikeandjanmarston@gmail.comYesYesYesYesYesYes
AucklandJeremyMcCollYesYesNo
AucklandHamishMeacheamhamishm@athletics.org.nzYesYesYesYesYesYes
AucklandPeterPfitzingerYesNo
AucklandChrisPilonecpilone1957@gmail.comYesYes
AucklandKiriPricekiritony@yahoo.comYesYes
AucklandAndriusRamonasandriusramonas@yahoo.comYesYes
AucklandMichaelSchofieldmike.schofield@hpsnz.org.nzYesYes
AucklandMathewStewartmatthewdstewart@gmail.comYesYesYesNo
AucklandYevgeniyTkachenkotdalfa@list.ruYesYesYes
AucklandElenaVinogradovaelennium@gmail.comYesYesYesYes
AucklandDeonWagnerwgn@manurewa.school.nzYesYes
AucklandJuanWhippyjuanwhippy@gmail.comYesYes
AucklandMathewWyattarchiwyatt@gmail.comYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyPeterBlackwoodpeter.blackwood@boprc.govt.nzYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyKevinBradleykevin.bradley2014@outlook.comYesYesYesYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyValerieBromleyval.bromley56@gmail.comYesYesYesYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyJasonCameronjason@victoryevents.co.nzYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyMarkCornagateamcornaga@hotmail.comYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyDawidde Villiersdawidlead@gmail.comYesYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyMurrayGreengreens.ta@xtra.co.nzYesYesYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyCarolineHeathorncarolineheathorn@gmail.comYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyKirstenHellierkirsten@athletics.org.nzYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyPatHellierpathellier71@gmail.comYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyCraigKirkwoodcraig@kirkwood.kiwi.nzYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyRobinKnowlesknowlestribe@gmail.comYesYesYesYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentySelwynMawkesfin-ed.mawkes@xtra.co.nzYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyDaveRatcliffehammercoach@live.comYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyAngeRussekangelar@stpeters.school.nzYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyHarpretSinghharpreet.coach@gmail.comYesYesYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyKimStevensonkss77@xnet.co.nzYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyDebbieStrangedebbie.strange77@gmail.comYesYes
Waikato Bay of PlentyMikeTaylormikegtaylor@outlook.comYesNo
TaranakiJasonCressinghamjason.cressingham@gmail.comYesYes
TaranakiMohamedElemamm_elemams@hotmail.comYesYesYesYes
TaranakiEdwardFernferns7@xtra.co.nzYesYesYesYesYesYes
Manawatu WanganuiRobertDabbdabb.robert@gmail.comYesYes
Manawatu WanganuiRichardDrabczynskidrabczynski.richard@gmail.comYesYes
Manawatu WanganuiGregFromontfromontgreg@icloud.comYesYesYesYesYes
Manawatu WanganuiLorneSingerlornesinger.nz@gmail.comYesYesYesYesYesYes
Manawatu WanganuiAnneThompsonannethomson2012@gmail.comYesYesYesNoYes
Hawkes BayEmmaAkeripaemma@premiumfitness.co.nzYesYesYesYesYes
Hawkes BayJonathanBlackjonathan@farsightglobal.co.nzYesYesYesYesYes
Hawkes BayMauriceCallaghancallaghans@xtra.co.nzYesYesYesYes
Hawkes BayShareeJones1nurse69@gmail.comYesYes
Hawkes BayRichardPottsrichardpotts@yahoo.comYesYes
Hawkes BayBruceSmithbsmith@nbhs.school.nzYesYesYes
Hawkes BayTonySnellfizzio204@gmail.comYesYes
WellingtonIngridBainingrid.bain2@nzdf.mil.nzYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
WellingtonEvanCooperepcoops@gmail.comYesYes
WellingtonDonDalglieshdondalgliesh@xtra.co.nzYesYes
WellingtonPhillipusDu Toitphillipdt@outlook.comYesYes
WellingtonAmandaGoldsmithamandagoldsmith877@gmail.comYesYesYesYesYes
WellingtonMarkHarrismark@maharris.co.nzYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
WellingtonGeoffHenryghenry@actrix.co.nzYesYesYesYes
WellingtonJulieRichardsjuliemaerdy@yahoo.co.ukYesYes
WellingtonBrianSeymourbrianmseymour26@gmail.comYesYesYesYes
WellingtonSteveWillissteve@athletics.org.nzYesYes
TasmanDennisKaledkajj@hotmail.comYesYes
TasmanDavidBarrettbarrett_dave2@hotmail.comYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
CanterburyDionAndrewsdion@shadowconsulting.co.nzYesYesYes
CanterburyIanBairdIANHB@xtra.co.nzYesYes
CanterburyHannahBaylissbaylish@stmargarets.school.nzYesYesYes
CanterburyAdamBlakeAdam.blake@mac.comYesYesYesYes
CanterburyThomasColemanGwen.coleman5@icloud.comYesYes
CanterburyBrianCowankkbcowan@xtra.co.nzYesYesYes
CanterburyRichardDrydenrichardjdryden@outlook.comYesYes
CanterburyGeorgeEdwardsgeorgemarg627@gmail.comYesYesYesYes
CanterburyDonGarlanddlgarland@xtra.oc.nzYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
CanterburyHaydenHallhaydenhall@yahoo.comYesYes
CanterburyMariaHassanmariah@athletics.org.nzYesYes
CanterburyPeterHenrypete.henry@vodafone.co.nzYesYesYesYesYes
CanterburyPaulJohnstonpauljaj@gmail.comYesYes
CanterburyTerryLomaxterry@athletics.org.nzYesYesYesYes
CanterburySamMcLeansam.mclean2014@icloud.comYesYes
CanterburyJillMorrisonmorrijill@gmail.comYesYesYesNo
CanterburyCraigMotleycraig.motley@gmail.comYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
CanterburyAngelaPettyangie.petty@outlook.comYesYes
CanterburySamPettyrunsam@btinternet.comYesYes
CanterburyJeganethiranSellathuraijay.sella@pg.canterbury.ac.nzYesYesYesYesYes
CanterburyDaleStevensondale@athletics.org.nzYesNo
OtagoRayleneBatesraylene@athletics.org.nzYesNoYes
OtagoMichaelBeablembeable57@outlook.comYesYesYesYesYesYes
OtagoValBurkeval@valburke.comYesYes
OtagoKieranFowlerkieran.fowler@farmlands.co.nzYesYesYesYesYesYes
OtagoSharleenFrostfrostd@actrix.co.nzYesYesYesYesYesYes
OtagoJoanMerrileesalexandjoan@gmail.comYesYesYesYesYes
OtagoBrentWardward.bs@slingshot.co.nzYesYesYesYes
OtagoCarolynWillscarobwills@gmail.comYesYesYes
SouthlandNevilleBrittonneville@attention2detail.co.nzYesYes
SouthlandChristopherKnightknights.services@xtra.co.nzYesYesYesYesYes
SouthlandMartyScherpmjautoelectric@xtra.co.nzYesYes
SouthlandLanceSmithlance.debbie@xtra.co.nzYesYesYesYesYesYes
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