Event Group Initiatives


We maximise the potential for ANZ-HP athletes to achieve inspirational performances on the World stage when it matters most. 


A sustainable and highly respected multi-medal winning programme.

What is the purpose of an Event Group (EG) Plan?

The purpose of the EG Plans is to support, upskill and inspire athletes and coaches towards the ultimate goal of achieving medals at the highest level. Each EG plan outlines initiatives in the form of clinics, camps, specific competitions, education and engagement opportunities for athlete and coach development throughout the year.   Each Event Group is allocated resources based on performance and potential to help achieve our vision.

The Event Group Co-ordinator will oversee each event group lead in the combined creation of the Event Group Plans.  Initiatives are reviewed throughout the year to ensure we are delivering programs at the highest level. We endeavour to increase connection between each EG’s to expand knowledge and skills as a sound platform to grow potential in all disciplines.

Athletics New Zealand is broken up into six different EG’s with the para program integrated within all groups.  Each EG has an Event Group Lead who will assist with the creation and implementation the Event Group Plans. The EG’s and lead coaches are:

Pole Vault:  Event Group Lead – TBC

Throws: Event Group Collective – All HP throwing coaches

Horizontal and High Jump Events: Event Group Lead – Terry Lomax

Combined Events: Event Group Lead – Terry Lomax

Sprints/Hurdles/Relay: Event Group Lead – James Mortimer

Distance/Walks: Event Group Lead – Maria Hassan

Para: Para Lead – Raylene Bates

High Performance Athlete Development: Tim Driesen

Coach Manager – Kirsten Hellier

If you have any questions regarding the Event Group Plans, please contact:

Kim Mickle – Event Group Co-ordinator – kim@athletics.org.nz

Initiatives linked to community-based opportunities:

High-performance athletics is only made possible as a result of a strong flow on from athletics at a grass roots level.  As such, the following initiatives aims to build links with community-based programs:


  1. Delivery of CAD level I & II modules
  2. Regional club coach development/education by request.
  3. Delivery of Athletics NZ Foundation Programmes (Get Set Go and Run Jump Throw) Coach Educator and coach workshops. Also available on request.

If you have any questions regarding community athletics, please contact:

Mike Trathen – Coach Development Lead miket@athletics.org.nz