Dave Norris


14 December 1939


Triple Jump
Long Jump


Western Suburbs, North Harbour Bays

Dave Norris ONZM has won sixty New Zealand championship medals, twenty-eight of them senior gold medals, eighteen of those victories in the triple jump. He set eleven open and six junior national records, four of which stood for more than fifty years. He won silver and bronze Commonwealth Games medals. He has also been an outstanding coach (including guiding twenty-one national representatives), and has given a lifetime of high level service in administration, event promotion, and team management. This was recognised in his appointment as President (2013-2014) and Life Member of Athletics New Zealand, and by an IAAF (now World Athletics) Award for Distinguished International Contribution (1988).

Versatile in his talents and generous with his time, yet Dave Norris is so good-humoured and modest that few who recognise him within athletics would also know that he represented New Zealand at basketball for four years in thirty-one international games, won the award as best ...