Throws Event Group Plan

Throws in New Zealand has an exceptionally strong history of producing medal winning performances at both the Olympic/Para-Olympic Games and World/Para Championships. Athletics NZ is constantly evolving and investing in this program to allow this momentum to continue through the implementation of innovative programs and camps; athlete selection in High Performance programs; coach development; athlete/coach engagement and collaboration; plus, many community-based initiatives.

Due to the depth of this Event Group, ANZ HP throws coaches have teamed up to create a “Throws Collective Group” which enables cross collaboration to identify how best to grow the EG and support the vision of producing even more multi-medal winning programmes in the future.

Contact: Kim Mickle – Event Group Co-ordinator


  1. Initiative: Secondary Schools Development Throws Camp 2023
    Duration: 1.5 days
    Location: Christchurch
    Dates: 11-12th December
    Purpose: The purpose of this camp is to offer an opportunity for Secondary School athlete/coaches to learn from High Performance Coaches and to offer feedback from results during the NZSSAA.
    Registration: Registration for Secondary Schools athletes and coaches (aged 15+). Click here to register

  2. Initiative: New Zealand’s Ultimate Thrower
    Duration: Spread across four classics throughout the domestic season.
    Location: TBA
    Dates: TBA
    Purpose: The purpose of this initiative is to increase the interest/excitement for throws events at selected Classics Competitions throughout the domestic season and to celebrate and collaborate at the end of the season. To be crowned the Ultimate Throws Champion, athletes will need to compete at select Classics to gain points in either their individual event, or ideally, all four events. The competition will allow U20, and Open implements (plus Para and masters weights if applicable). A points table will decide the ultimate winners.
    Registration: Registration open to all U20 and Open Athletes. Click here to register

  3. Initiative: Coach Collaboration and Education Camp
    Duration: 1 day/night
    Location: TBA
    Dates: TBA (Organised around a Classic)
    Purpose: The purpose of this initiative is to increase our capabilities as coaches by share knowledge, experiences, and coaching methods, plus create support networks for coaches within NZ.
    Registration: Open to all registered coaches and will open closer to the event.

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

  5. 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 (

Throws Specific Competitions:

  1. Competition: Sam Johnson Memorial Throws Meet
    Location: Tauranga
    Date: 26th November
    Events: All throwing events – Email with your events you wish to enter.

  2. Competition: Sola Power Throws Meet
    Location: Wellington
    Date: TBA
    Events: All throwing events

Community Initiatives

  1. Regional based development opportunities where athletes and coaches connect formally/informally around training opportunities.
  2. Delivery of CAD level I & II Throws modules
  3. Regional/club coach development delivery by request.

Contact: Mike Trathen – Coach Development Lead