Sprints, Hurdles, & Relays Event Group Plan

Sprint, Hurdle and Relay events in New Zealand has exploded onto the world scene in recent years with an impressive 9 athletes (5 Able-bodied and 4 Para) having gained conditional selection for this year’s World Championships and 12 athletes (8 Able-bodied and 4 Para) selected into PDS and Regional Pathway programs. The increase of athletes having achieved these selections has been nurtured through innovative programs and camps; athlete selection in High Performance programs; coach development; athlete/coach engagement and collaboration; plus, many community-based initiatives.

The Event Group Lead will guide the implementation of the Event Group Initiatives while working closely with the Event Group Co-ordinator, who will oversee each initiative and offer platforms for athletes/coaches to provide feedback after each initiative is implemented.

Contact: James Mortimer – Sprints, Hurdles & Relay Event Group Lead jamesm@athletics.org.nz
Contact: Kim Mickle – Event Group Co-ordinator kim@athletics.org.nz


  1. Initiative: Potts Classic Sprints/Hurdles/Relay Performance Camp 2024

    : TBA
    Location: Hawke’s Bay
    Dates: TBA (Leading into Potts Classic – January 2024)
    Purpose: The purpose of this camp is to provide a shared training environment, opportunities to learn from other event groups plus a chance to compete in a pre-Potts competition. This camp will run in conjunction with the annual HP Pole Vault camp creating collaboration and engagement across different event groups.
    Registration: Invite required. Athletes and coaches captured across the ANZ-HP Athlete Pathway will be invited to attend the annual Potts Classic Performance Camp. Where appropriate, selected athletes and coaches transitioning into the performance domain may be invited to attend.

  2. Initiative: High Performance Hurdles Clinic

    Duration: 1 day
    Location: Hamilton
    Dates: Post Porritt Classic
    Purpose: The purpose of this clinic is to help improve technical models, plus educate developing athletes and coaches on what it takes to be a high-performing athlete and to collaborate and create connections within the event.
    Registration: Open to all. Registrations will be made available closer to the event.

  3. Initiative: Targeted Relay teams to attend National and/or International relay events.

    Location: (TBC)
    Dates: (TBC)
    Purpose: The purpose of this is to create a team environment and offer the best opportunities to gain selection into pinnacle events.
    Registration: Invite required.

  4. Initiative: Sprints and Hurdles Development Sessions.

    Location: Zoom Sessions
    Dates: 2-3 opportunities during the year (dates TBA)
    Purpose: The purpose of the zoom sessions is to learn from world leading sprints and hurdles coaches from around the world and to get an understanding of how/why their methods work plus have the opportunity to ask questions.
    Registration: Open to all. Registrations will be made available closer to the event.

  5. Initiative: High Performance Hui

    Duration: 3 days
    Location: AUT Millennium, Auckland
    Dates: 24-26th October 2023
    Purpose: The purpose of this event is to gain connection, education and collaboration between ANZ High Performance staff and Programmed athletes and their coaches.
    Registration: Invite required.

  6. Initiative: High Performance Athlete Development (HPAD)

    Opportunities: There will be two specific HPAD opportunities for targeted athletes across event groups. There will be a multiple day domestic camp and an Australian tour held each year which Performance Development Squad (PDS) and/or Performance Potential Squad (PPS) athletes will have a priority invitation to attend.
    HPAD Lead: Tim Driesen (tim@athletics.org.nz)

Community Initiatives:

  1. Continue the delivery of the Sprints, Hurdles & Relays. (CAD Level 1)
  2. Regional/club coach development delivery by request.

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