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11 August 2023 • Track and Field

Registration opens for stellar High Jump Conference

Hamish Kerr claims an impressive Diamond League win in Suzhou, China. (Getty Images)

Registrations have opened for a world-class high jump conference set to take place in Christchurch later this year on Monday-Wednesday 11-13 December.

Directly following the 2023 New Zealand Secondary Schools Track, Field and Road Championships held at Nga Puni Wai – the conference was the brainchild of Athletics NZ jumps and combined events lead Terry Lomax, coach to Commonwealth high jump champion Hamish Kerr.

The three-day event features workshops and presentations on a range of topics including strength and conditioning, technical, athlete life and nutrition – and while branded as a high jump conference the event has a far broader appeal for the athletics community.

Athletics NZ Event Group Project Coordinator Kim Mickle said: “The line up of experts we have is of the very highest quality and we feel this is not just a great learning opportunity for high jumpers, but also other jumpers or runners would benefit from listening to the workshops.

“The conference is all about learning from the best and how to then get the very best out of your athletes for podium results.”

The two-and-a-half-day conference, which will be hosted at the Apollo Projects Centre and Nga Puna Wai, will feature heavyweight speakers including former

Athletics Australia Coach of the Year Alex Stewart, who guided Eleanor Patterson to the 2022 world high jump title and Brandon Starc to the 2018 Commonwealth crown, and Matt Horsnell, coach of Australia’s Olympic high jump silver medallist Nicola Olyslagers.

The conference will also feature a range of leading High Performance Sport NZ service providers offering workshops and presentations.

To register interest in the conference go here

Read more about the full conference programme here