The Aspiring Athletes Club offers competitive and non-competitive training and competition throughout summer. Private winter coaching is also available – see below for more information.
Membership is renewable annually and includes 2 terms of coaching (and includes Otago Athletics and Athletics NZ Fees).
Below are the two types of memberships you can choose from:
Non-competitive – a non competitive registration is for those children who are keen to just attend our weekly Club Nights on Thursday’s and not take part in any competitions outside of Wanaka (aside from the Alexandra comp for example which is a fun day out for all ages). Grade 6 have this as their only option as most competitions run by Athletics NZ are Grade 7 and above (although if your child is aged 6 and very keen to take part then they may be able to do this – please see one of the coaches for more information). The non-competitive season runs from October to December.
Competitive – this is for Grade 7 and above and for those children who are keen to attend any or all competitions outside of Wanaka, as well as our weekly Club Nights on Thursday’s. Competitions can include Mini Multi’s, Paape Cup, Colgate Games and Otago Champs to name a few (see below for more info). Most comps are held at the Caledonian in Dunedin so there is the travel factor to take into consideration when choosing this option. Once again we hope to have more Competitive Athletes this season so if this is something you are thinking about for your child please do get in touch as we can discuss possible car pooling/mini van options and also look at house sharing accommodation options to try and get the overall travel costs down. This season we are also excited to offer additional coaching for any registered competitive athletes – this is optional and is included in the registration cost and will be from 5.30-6pm each Club Night, (straight after our usual 4.30 – 5.30 session).
Specialised Squad Training
If you’re serious about school and club events, join our competitive squads who train year round. These squads cater for age groups 14yrs and up.
Distance running, Sprints, High Jump & Long Jump training is offered by specialised coaches for Athletes focussing on personal performance goals and interclub competitions, you would travel approx 4 times within the season to compete, challenge personal bests (PB’s) and gain representative selection.
Coaches / Sessions:
Barbara & Michael Beable (high performance)
A minimum commitment of three training sessions a week is required – additional costs are applicable here. Please contact the club for more information.
Athletics Otago (AO) in association with Athletics NZ (ANZ) provide an excellent Competitive Program for athletes (junior and senior) who are keen to take part in meets outside of Wānaka. 90% of the competitions are at the Caledonian grounds in Dunedin whilst others, like Colgate Games, are in different locations each year. Travel and accommodation options are available so please speak to your coaches about this.
Athletes who are registered as ‘competitive’ for the season will have the option of additional training on Club Nights from 5.30pm – 6pm in preparation for an upcoming meet. Some Saturday training may also be included, dependent on coach and athlete availability. Any additional training is included in your registration fee and differs from the Squad training mentioned above.
Aspiring Athletes are in continuous discussions with AO regarding holding meets closer to Wānaka and we hope to be able to host our own competition in the near future.
Colgate Games 7yrs – 14ys
Colgate Games is held every January in different locations – the 2023 competition is being held in Timaru over the weekend of 13 – 15th January.
We are hoping to take a large contingent of Aspiring Athletes – the age groups are 7yrs – 14yrs and members need to be registered as Competitive to attend. We offer additional specialised training in the first half of the season for any athletes intending to compete. Athletes can enter up to 5 events and can also take part in a relay, depending on numbers.
This is an excellent opportunity for athletes of all ages (from 7 – 14yrs) to take part in a fun, all-inclusive environment. Please Contact the Club to register your interest.
Please note registrations for Colgate Games will open in November.
Interclub events 7ys – 14yrs
These are run throughout the summer season, with the majority held at the Caledonian Grounds in Dunedin on Saturday mornings. Athletes from Otago clubs compete against each other in a fun competition incorporating a mix of 4 track and field events. The mix of events offered ensures that children get the opportunity to compete in a varied range of run, jump and throw events, encouraging the children to gain skills in all areas and not become specialised too early in their athletics journey.
Mini Multis 7yrs – 14yrs
In the 2022-2023 season the Mini Multis Competition will be held over one weekend (in Dunedin) with children competing on a Saturday afternoon then again on Sunday morning. The athletes will compete in 4 events per day and points will be accumulated from both days, with the highest accumulated points for allround 1st, 2nd and 3rds in each age group.
Held over one weekend in March, the Otago Children’s Championships will offer all competitively registered athletes to have the opportunity to compete in their choice of all available events. Offering the children a chance to put all their seasons practice and competing into a grand finale event. This is a wonderful opportunity for the athletes to compete and support their other club members in a championship style of event.
Competitions for Athletes aged 14+
For competitive athletes over the age of 14 there is the opportunity to compete at Inter Club level at the Caledonian in Dunedin. These events usually take place in the afternoons which means you may not have to travel overnight. For a full season program click here.
For more information about any of these events, please speak to your coaches.