About Us

Welcome to the International Track Meet – Track and Field at it’s best in New Zealand.

New Zealand has a rich history of producing world class athletes with the likes of Yvette Williams, Jack Lovelock, Murray Halberg, Peter Snell, and John Walker. In the last few years we have seen a resurgence of Kiwi athletes with our latest generation of athletes including Valerie Adams, Nick Willis, Nikki Hamblin, Brent Newdick, and Kimberley Smith. These athletes were part of a larger Track and Field team that ensured the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were our most successful for quite some time, and built further on that success in Delhi 2010, with New Zealand’s best performance at a Commonwealth Games for over 40 years, and the London Olympics, where Valerie Adams became only the second New Zealander after Sir Peter Snell to defend an Olympic track & field title.

When Nick Willis was back in New Zealand after his medal winning performance in the 2008 Olympic 1500m, he communicated a strong desire to promote the sport back at home with quality international racing. His enthusiasm to help the sport regain some international momentum once again in New Zealand has resulted in the formation of the International Track Meet (Christchurch).

Since 2009, the event has seen thousands of spectators cheering on hundreds of athletes from all around the world.New Zealand and Australian Records were set in 2009 along with a stadium record in the Men’s 100m, when local boy David Ambler (10.35) eclipsed Don Quarrie’s (Jamaica) previous record (10.37) set during the 1974 Commonwealth Games.

This success continued in 2010, with thrilling battles in the Men’s 800m between Willis and the exciting young Australian star, Jeff Riseley, and in the Women’s discus with Kiwi legend and former world champion Beatrice Faumuina attempting to fight off the challenge of the current world champion, Dani Samuels of Australia.

2011 would have been another step up again, but the tragic earthquake of February 22 that year, which brought the city of Christchurch and the QEII Stadium to their collective knees, forced that event to be cancelled.

In true Cantabrian spirit though, the event bounced back in 2012 thanks to the hosting support and historic surroundings of Christ’s College, one of NZ’s oldest and proudest private schools. The 50thanniversary of Peter Snell’s world 800m/880yds records was celebrated in memorable style, with nostalgic scenes of international athletes competing on a grass track amid Chariots of Fire surroundings in central Christchurch.

The International Track Meet serves to resurrect the good work of Dick Quax and the late John Davies and their successful 1990′s Track Series and Graeme Avery’s brilliant Robin Tait Classic meetings. These meets brought to New Zealand many of the world’s biggest names in track and field, such as Linford Christie, Kelly Holmes, Carl Lewis, Cathy Freeman, and Donovan Bailey, to compete on our soil and inspire our young athletes to achieve.The International Track Meet is organised by an enthusiastic group of athletic supporters with the primary goal of promoting the sport to a wider NZ audience. In doing so, the meet will raise the profile of our top athletes and help facilitate a pathway for our developing talent via an enhanced level of competition at home. We believe that the International Track Meet will offer an evening’s entertainment that the whole family will enjoy.

This meeting will showcase the best talent from Colgate Games level, local secondary schools, developing athletes, Paralympians and Elite International Athletes.

 

The International Track Meet will become an annual fixture on the domestic calendar. This meeting is held for the benefit of the sport and not for commercial gain, therefore any profit made will be reinvested into subsequent years to ensure the longevity of an event that provides a great nights racing entertainment at the track offering something for everyone.  You can play your part in the long term future of the event, and receive special treatment from the meet itself, by joining our Supporters Club click here or use the tab at the top of this page.

Event Directors

Paul Coughlan – Director, Insight Management; Trustee, Life Education Trust (Canterbury); former competitive athlete.Leyton Tremain – Event Manager for World Buskers Festival; former competitive athlete.Craig Motley – Athletics coach and manager; Timaru District Council Area Programme and Activity Manager.

Mark Reid – General Manager, Abbott Group; former competitive athlete.

 

Key Managers

Tony McManus – Passenger Service Manager TranzScenic; current world age-group record holder for the mile; former competitive athlete and cyclist.Nick Burrow – Site Supervisor New Zealand Institute of Sport; former US university scholarship athlete and 4-minute miler.Rob Howell – Business Analyst, Sungard Software Solutions, former Canterbury and Waikato representative athlete.Rebecca Wardell – Transport Engineer; 2008 Olympic & 2006/2010 Commonwealth Games Heptathlon representative. Current NZ record holder, 400mH & 4x400m relay.

In addition to these we have a huge pool of key managers and volunteers, who may not have achieved these levels of competitive success in the sport but whose passion and commitment to delivering a successful event burns just as strongly.  We are truly grateful to all of these, because without our volunteers, officials, and supporters, we could not hold this meet.

 

Independent Trustees

Michael Rondel, Partner, BDO Business Advisors & Chartered Accountants.Richard Sprott, Partner, Bishopdale Law.John McBrearty, Athletics Canterbury Track & Field Committee Representative, former competitive athlete