Our aim is to provide a safe, friendly environment for your child to develop their athletic potential. We have a philosophy that rests on individual improvement and diversity of experience. This means we make the focus participation in all disciplines, and improvement of individual “personal bests” whether that is at novice or national level.
The lifelong benefits which come from involvement in athletics can start here and we hope your children enjoy the challenges and achievements they will encounter.
Open Day & Registration: Information about registration is coming soon. Look out for it in September.
Completing the registration form means your child will be a registered member of the Sumner Running Club, Canterbury Children’s Athletics, and Athletics New Zealand. Registration entitles them to compete on Saturday mornings at Rawhiti Domain or Aorangi Stadium in Timaru, at the Canterbury Championships, and the South Island Colgate Games. They are also eligible for Canterbury age group selection. A number of interprovincial meetings are held each year with Saturday performances and Canterbury Champs counting towards selection.
Training takes place twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at Ferrymead Park (see above). The athletes will have an initial group warm-up and then work in smaller groups on the various track and field disciplines. Each evening it is hoped to cover two different events with each group.
Training begins in Term 4 and will run through to the end of the secondary schools athletic season which is usually the South Island Secondary Schools Championships in April.
This takes place at Rawhiti Domain between 9.00am and 12.30pm. The programme runs in age grades (7-14) and provides an opportunity to compete in four events which alternate on a weekly basis. Our expectation is that the athletes compete in four events each weekend. About every four weeks the meeting is held at Aorangi Stadium in Timaru on the all-weather surface.
The club has a duty to perform each week and the parents of registered athletes are required to help with that duty.
Athletes must wear the Sumner club uniform when competing. They will also be issued with a registration number and age patch which must also be worn when competing. Walkers require two numbers so please indicate on the registration form if your child intends to participate in the walks.
Athletes 15 and over compete in the afternoon and need to see Lockie for further details.
The first competition day is Mid October.
We have a number of coaches at the club with a wide range of expertise and experience. All have committed their time to help our juniors and will appreciate your support. Please be willing to lend a hand if you are asked and please remember that the coaches will be working towards a specific goal and any outside “tips or advice” may be distracting or counter-productive to what they are trying to achieve. As always we are constantly looking for new coaches
. There are plenty of resources and coaching courses available.
- Alistair Cory-Wright – telephone 384 7911, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lisa Brignull – telephone 384-2060, email email@example.com
Junior Club Captain
- Chris Rowe – telephone 326-5554, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cate Jones – telephone 384-4947, email@example.com