ATHLETICS

Massey University javelin thrower Ben Langton- Burnell, who will compete at the New Zealand  Track and Field Championships later this month. Massey University javelin thrower Ben Langton- Burnell, who will compete at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships later this month. CREDIT: Massey University

Massey backs track and field champs

Tuesday 12 March 2013, 4:26PM
By Massey University
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AUCKLAND CITY

Massey University is now the major supporter of the Athletics New Zealand Track and Field Championships and the Aurora Series.

The Championships – and first leg of the Aurora Series – will be held at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland from March 22-24.

The series continues with the Cross Country Championships in Hamilton and the Road Championships in Dunedin, both in August, and the Road Relay Championships in Christchurch in October.

Massey University national events and sponsorship director Denise Armstrong says the championships is the perfect match for the University.

“Massey is the leading sports university in New Zealand and the home of more high-performance athletes than any other tertiary institution,” she says. “This partnership with Athletics New Zealand is further proof of our commitment to sport and high performance athletes.”

Athletics New Zealand Commercial and Marketing Manager Carl Jackson says he is thrilled to have Massey University on board. “Many of our members participating at the national level are about to embark on tertiary education,” he says. “So the partnership with Massey makes a lot of sense.”

In 2011, Massey was the first New Zealand university to sign up to the Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network set up by High Performance Sport New Zealand.

The network is made up of tertiary institutions that agree to adopt a set of guiding principles to support New Zealand’s high performance athletes to combine their sporting and academic aspirations.

With its leading distance education programme and Academy of Sport based at both the Albany and Manawatu campuses, the University has been able to attract leading sportspeople like Olympic gold medallist rowers Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, and kayaker Lisa Carrington.

More information about the track and field championship, which is free to attend, can be found here.