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Athletics

Introduction

The Auckland Grammar School Athletics Team is a consistently high achieving team at a regional and national level. The School Athletics Championship is one of the oldest athletic events in New Zealand.

Athletes who win events at the School Athletics Championship, the Auckland Championships or at a national level are awarded with a medal at a full-school assembly and the opportunity to cross the stage in front of their peers.

It is a Grammar tradition that each young man who wins his age group event at the School Athletics Championship is presented with a unique Gold Medal, kindly donated by the Auckland Grammar School Old Boys’ Association.

Training

Training takes place five mornings a week (from 7.30am), with some after school trainings for field events during the summer terms. An up-to-date training schedule is published at the beginning of each summer term. The expectation is that all athletes will come to two trainings for their specialist events.

The School is very fortunate to have a team of experienced and enthusiastic coaches, comprising both Grammar teachers as well as several outside specialists (marked by *). More events will be added to the training list in due course once coaches are confirmed.

  • Mr Blackwell – Coaching overview, hurdles and relays
  • Mr Oates – Middle Distance
  • * Mr Wyatt – Sprints
  • * Mr Hall – Shot put and Discus

After holding the annual School Athletics Day on campus for the first time in over two decades in February, Headmaster’s Heritage Committee leader Vishwas Iyer spoke to 2022 Captain of Athletics Eddie Chaytor. Eddie is involved with Rugby and Touch Rugby, but credits the mandatory Prep sessions at Tibbs House with helping him find a great balance between study and practice – watch the full interview below.

General Information

Terms played: Term 1 and National Championships late Term 4

Game days: There are various events in Term 1:

  • School Athletic Sports – early Term 1
  • Central Zonal Championships (alternating between Mount Smart Stadium and the Trusts Arena) – March
  • Greater Auckland Championships (Mount Smart Stadium) – March
  • North Island Championships – April
  • New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships – December

Costs: There is a $30 Athletics registration for entry into the School Athletics Sports. The athletics uniform is available from the School Shop, but this is only required if students are selected for the Auckland Championships, North Island or National Championships

Equipment: Spikes are optional

The Master in Charge of Athletics is Mr Leiseder. Students are able to speak to him in H2 during the School day or contact him via email.