JUNIOR & YOUTH ATHLETICS
Winter running with the Lightning Bolts⚡️
Over the winter Nick, Dion & Tim lead a squad of runners - training on Wednesday evenings (term-time) 6-7pm, and optionally competing at weekend events. Mostly the weekend races are around 2-3km long, a mixture of road and cross country, and usually a lot of fun!
Our Wednesday evening adventures include games, drills, strength and conditioning and plenty of running - by torchlight, under floodlights, on the track, the grass, and up and down and around our our local parks and maunga. Something for everyone.
Senior competition squad
Coached by ex-NZ sprint champion Murray Cumberpatch, this group meets twice weekly year-round (Monday/Wednesday at 5:30), and is focused on sprints through to 800m, with some work on field events according to athlete interest. Generally athletes in this squad are intermediate/high school age and above.
Events we have participated in include:
Our junior summer athletics programme runs on Wednesday evenings 6-7pm October-March
Halberg Squad (Under 7s)
The younger children’s activities follows Athletics New Zealand's Get Set Go program and includes running (up to 25 metres), long jump, and a range of other activities designed to develop body movement and coordination skills. Our coaches are Winona and Helene and parent participation is essential. From January 2022, all participating parents must provide their Vaccine Pass for verification.
Snell Squad (7-9/10 year olds)
Activities for this age group include running (progressing from 50 metres, dependant on age) jumping (long and high jump, depending on age) and throwing (discus, shot put). The programme is based on the excellent Run, Jump Throw with training and resources provided by Athletics New Zealand. We also bring in external coaches to work with this age group.
Lydiard Squad (10/11s and over)
Older children's activities are based on the all weather track and include technical instruction suitable for the age group across all track and field activities. Coaches Nick Moore, Dion O'Neale, Julie Collard and others guide this group.
We rely on parent volunteers to support our Halberg and Snell squads, please contact us if you'd like to get involved.