Sumner Running Club

Christchurch’s only adventure focused Running Club.

Junior Track & Field

After such a long, long, wait it is great to be starting the 2018-19 season on a brand new international all-weather track at Nga Puna Wai.  There is a great deal of excitement building for opening competition day on 20th October.  Have a look at the video below which shows the final touches going on at the facility.  It looks magnificent!

We are accepting membership from athletes aged between 7 – 14 inclusive.  Junior Fees  for the 2018-19 summer season are $150.00 for a new member or $110.00 if you are already a member who competed in the 2018 winter cross-country season.

Club Philosophy
At Sumner Running Club 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 focus on participation in all disciplines, and improvement of individual “personal bests” whether that is at novice or national level.  We understand that children will have their favourite events, but training and competing in all events will improve their overall strength and co-ordination and may even unwrap a hidden talent!  At this age we strongly believe it is too early for the athletes to specialize.

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.

Training takes place twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at Ferrymead Park.  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 IV on 16th October and will run through to the end of the secondary schools athletic season which is usually the South Island Secondary Schools Championships in April 2019.

Jay Sellathurai is our Head Coach and will oversee and implement the training programme, and Rachel Clark is our Run Jump Throw (RJT) coach for the 7-9 year old group.  The RJT programme is an excellent Athletics New Zealand initiative designed to teach the foundation skills of athletics in a fun and varied way.

Parental support during training times will be needed and much appreciated by the coaches.

Saturday Competition
This takes place at Nga Puna Wai 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.  Attendance every week is not compulsory, but please let your club captain know if you are not attending.

If you are unsure about committing to the sport, the Canterbury Children’s Athletic Association allows the first two weekends of competition as a free trial period so there is an opportunity to experience the atmosphere and competition before you must register.

The club has a duty to perform each week and the parents of registered athletes are required to help with that duty.  It is exactly the same for all clubs and is the only way the sport can operate.  The duty is not difficult and you will be guided by one of the 30 or so officials Athletics Canterbury provide.

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.

The full registration process will be available in October and once completed means your child will be a registered member of the Sumner Running Club, Canterbury Children’s Athletics Association, Athletics Canterbury, and Athletics New Zealand.  Registration entitles them to compete on Saturday mornings at Nga Puna Wai, Rawhiti Domain, 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 Championship performances counting towards selection.





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