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Athletics

Athletics is available to all students from Years 9–13. Coaching is offered for athletes at all levels in sprints, distance, jumps and the throws.

Sessions take place on a Tuesday and Thursday at 3.30pm in the summer terms and are led by experienced coaches, some of whom have performed at the highest level. There are other specialist sessions scheduled outside of this time. Athletics is a sport that complements all other winter sports and is very popular for this reason.

St Andrew’s enters teams into the Canterbury, South Island and New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships. In 2017, the College was the top performing school at the South Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships.

In College athletics we aim to provide the best sporting experience possible by:

  • Providing a warm and friendly environment where friendships and teamwork can flourish;
  • Ensuring a supportive and challenging environment where students can demonstrate their commitment and passion for sport, becoming role models for younger students;
  • Supporting all athletes to be independent and take ownership of their training and performance;
  • Supporting athletes in developing a growth mind-set and an understanding that all athletes can improve;
  • Ensuring training programmes will be tailored with an outlook to develop long-term success as a priority over short-term results;
  • All athletes will be coached to create a diverse training background across multiple events;
  • Providing appropriate training programmes and coaching for all levels, from beginner to aspiring international performers;
  • Providing appropriate competition opportunities and support for all pupils from beginner to those competing at international level;
  • Where appropriate, providing opportunities for athletes to utilise support services such as strength and conditioning, and performance support.

Co-ordinator: Miss Anita Sutherland – ASU@stac.school.nz