cross country
Cross Country
(Omanga Roa)
DateSunday 5th September 2021
VenueWaipuna Park, Kaitemako Road, Welcome Bay, Tauranga
Managers MeetingSunday 5th September 2021 (Waipuna Clubrooms at 9.00am)
Costs$25.00 per individual runner (NZ$)
Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $25.00 for the 12km Championship School Relay OR the 6km Open School Relay (NZ$).
Entries CloseWednesday 9th June 2021 at 11.59pm – Online registrations close
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Contact Details

Code Coordinators

Race Organiser:
Reuben Potaka
Tauranga Intermediate School
Phone: 07 578 4401

Para Athletics Classification Coordinator:
Rebecca Foulsham
Athletics New Zealand
Phone: 021 746 727

Course Organiser:
Malcolm Taylor
Tauranga Ramblers – Harrier & Athletic Club

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Tournament Planning


  1. Students competing must be enrolled full-time in the school they are representing.
  2. New Zealand students competing must be classified as a Year 7 or Year 8 student on the New Zealand Ministry of Education Enrol database.
  3. Participating New Zealand schools must be an affiliated member of NZAIMS – New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling
  4. Students may compete in more than one code however timetable allowances will NOT be made for any competitors.
  5. Competitors must be over 10 years of age and under 13 years of age, as at 31 December the year before the tournament year. Competitor’s birthdates will be required on school registration documentation. For the 2021 AIMS Games, this means the accepted birth years are: 2008, 2009 and 2010.
  6. All participants must have online medical and media waiver documentation completed to be eligible compete.
  7. This is an inclusive event providing opportunities for students with physical, visual and intellectual disabilities to compete. The Para sports of Swimming and Cross Country require a provisional classification for eligibility. In all other sports, disabled athletes compete in an open class. See individual sports for entry requirements.


  • Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $25.00 per runner (NZ$).
  • Non-refundable / Payment MUST be made within seven days of receipt of invoice.
  • Invoices will be sent to the School Accounts Manager after the entry closing date, Wednesday 9th June 2021.

Entries Close

  • Wednesday 9th June 2021 at 11.59pm
  • Entries to the 2021 Anchor AIMS Games Sporting Championships will be made and only accepted online
  • All registrations are completed online with EnterNOW.
  • Registrations will only be accepted from the designated School Anchor AIMS Games Coordinator.
  • Schools will be allocated a unique Anchor AIMS Games registration log in code to complete their entries.
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Planning Timeline



Friday 12th February Registration opens (EnterNOW).
Friday 28th May Deadline for those Para athletes required to submit a provisional classification application for Para Swimming and Cross Country (Para athletics).
Wednesday 9th June Entries close for the 2021 Anchor AIMS Games at 11.59pm. The EnterNOW system will generate a confirmation email three days prior to entries closing so school coordinators can check that they have entered the correct individuals, teams, codes, divisions etc. The AIMS Games Trust has a strict NO REFUND policy from this date! NO EXCEPTIONS!
Wednesday 23rd June All schools must have paid their registration invoice to have their entry confirmed.  Late entries (if accepted) will incur a 50% penalty fee.
Wednesday 30th June Confirmation sent to all 2021 participating schools (if registration for a sporting code is oversubscribed then the opportunity to compete will be at the discretion of the executive committee).
Wednesday 28th July All Team/individual online name and code information registration forms to be completed.
Monday 2nd August School group opening ceremony ticket bookings go on sale through Ticketek.
Monday 9th August Public opening ceremony tickets go on sale through Ticketek.
Wednesday 11th August Team sporting code draws published
Friday 13th August All parents/caregivers must have completed their child’s medical and media waiver forms on our website.
Thursday 2nd September Individual sporting code draws published.
Saturday 4th September The 17th Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships opens.
Sunday 5th September Opening Ceremonies, Trustpower Arena at Baypark, Mt Maunganui (First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm).

New Zealand School Divisions

  • Year 7 Girls
  • Year 7 Boys
  • Year 8 Girls
  • Year 8 Boys
  • Para athlete Year 7 and 8 Girls
  • Para athlete Year 7 and 8 Boys

International School Divisions

  • Year 7 Girls – over 10 years/under 12 years of age as at the 1st Jan 2021 (10/11 years as at 1st Jan 2021)
  • Year 7 Boys – over 10 years/under 12 years of age as at the 1st Jan 2021 (10/11 years as at 1st Jan 2021)
  • Year 8 Girls – over 12 years/under 13 years of age as at the 1st Jan 2021 (12 years as at 1st Jan 2021)
  • Year 8 Boys – over 12 years/under 13 years of age as at the 1st Jan 2021 (12 years as at 1st Jan 2021)


Saturday 4th September Managers packs can be collected on Saturday from the Waipuna Park Clubrooms (between 2.00pm and 4.00pm). Please note: ONLY the Team Manager or nominated individual can collect a school’s Manager Pack. Individual student race numbers will not be issued.
Course Organiser will walk the course (2.30pm). Meet at race start.
Sunday 5th September Managers Packs (collected from 8.00am from the Waipuna Park Clubrooms).
Teams and Managers (adult) can walk the course from 8.00am to 9.00am.
Managers Meeting (9.00am at the Waipuna Park Clubrooms).
Individual / Team Race (10.00am).
Individual Divisions – Prize giving at Waipuna Park (12.30pm).
School Relays (1.00pm).
Prize giving for Championship Relay and Open School Relay (1.45pm to 2.00pm).
Sunday 5th September Opening Ceremony at the Trustpower Arena at Baypark (First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm)

Individual / Teams Races

  • Schools may enter one team only in each of the divisions below (maximum of five runners per team).
  • Runners cannot run for other divisions.
  • All team managers are required to have their team medical forms with them at the event.
  • Running barefoot is permitted.
  • Spikes are allowed to be worn for all races. Runners must keep these to a maximum length of 9mm.
  • Runners wearing no spikes will be positioned on the outside of the starting line.
  • Runners will have two hurdles on the course. The height of the hurdles is 0.762m (30 inches).
  • At the start, teams will be able to have two runners positioned on the start line with the other two runners directly behind them and then one runner directly behind them (two/two/one).
  • Schools with less than three runners in a division will be ineligible to claim team honours.
  • For schools that enter a team in a division, each individual runner in that team is also eligible to claim individual line honours.
  • Three runners in a team must finish their individual race to be eligible for team honours.
  • For division team honours the placings of your first three runners home will be accumulated and placings awarded from the lowest aggregate (should teams be tied the placing of the third-place runner will be the deciding factor). For example, the lowest team total is the winner i.e. Year 7 Girls 6th, 23rd, 29th = 58 points (1st), 5th, 22nd, 35th = 62 points (2nd).
  • We have electronic timing services and all race bibs have transponders attached to the back. Please follow the fitting and handling instructions provided.

Para Athelete

  • All Para athletes registering to compete in Para athletics 800m (Cross Country) must have a disability and a provisional, or higher, Para athletics track classification. Those athletes without a classification must apply for a provisional classification by completing the form below and submitting to by Friday 28th May 2021.
  • Forms to apply for a Provisional classification can be requested from Athletics New Zealand. Please email
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics New Zealand Classification Coordinator at
  • The event will be run as a Para athletics 800m event. Classification will align with World Para Athletics rules, to provide a structure for fair and equitable competition, ensuring that the impact of an impairment is minimised.
  • All Para athletics races will be run as multi class events with all classifications running together. Places in each race will be determined based on comparing each Para athlete’s time to the 800m World Record in their classification. The Para athlete with the time closest to their world record as a percentage will place first and so on.
  • Para athletics includes athletes with intellectual, physical and visual impairments. For further details about eligible health conditions and descriptions of the Para athletics Sport Classes please visit:


The race committee will appoint a race referee(s), to whom general complaints can be directed. Any race complaints must be lodged to the race referee within 10 minutes after the announcement of the preliminary results on the official disputes form and accompanied by $100.00.


Year 7 Girls 
Year 7 Boys 
Year 8 Girls 
Year 8 Boys
PA Year 7 and 8 Girls
PA Year 7 and 8 Boys


Max five runners per Division (top three runners counted for team honours)


One to two runners if no team entry

Individual/Team Race Distances and Times


Race Record

Year 7 Girls3km (1 x 2km lap + 1 x 1 km lap)10.00am11.24 (2014)
Year 7 Boys3km (1 x 2km lap + 1 x 1 km lap)10.25am9.56 (2016)
PA Year 7 and 8 Girls800m (2 x 400m laps)11.00am3.34 (2019, best time)
PA Year 7 and 8 Boys800m (2 x 400m laps)11.00am2.58 (2017, best time)
Year 8 Girls3km (1 x 2km lap + 1 x 1 km lap)11.30am10.56 (2019)
Year 8 Boys3km (1 x 2km lap + 1 x 1 km lap)11.55am10.05 (2016)

School Relays

  • Schools may enter either the Championship School Relay OR the Open School Relay (not both).
  • Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $25.00 for the 12km Championship School Relay OR the 6km Open School Relay (NZ$).
  • Runners in both the Championship Relay and Open School Relay must have completed the individual event.
  • Medals will be awarded to the winning school for both the Championship Relay and Open School Relay.
Championship 12km School Relay
  • Relay will consist of 12 consecutive laps of a 1km course.
  • Time – 1.00pm
  • Race Record – 40.29 (2018)
  • Year 7 & Year 8 Division Combined (there is no restriction on the year group ration, e.g. relay teams can be all Year 8 students).
  • Minimum of six and a maximum of 12 runners per team.
  • All relay teams MUST have a minimum of three girls/boys (Championship relay teams must be mixed gender).
Open 6km School Relay
  • Relay will consist of 6 consecutive laps of a 1km course.
  • Time – 1.00pm (to be run at the same time as the Championship School Relay)
  • Race Record – 21.34 (2019)
  • Open School Relay teams can be made up of any year group or gender ratio (there is no required minimum of year/gender, e.g. relay teams can be boys only).
  • Minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 runners per team.
  • Relay Rules for the Championship and Open Relays
  • Remove all bibs worn by individual team members in previous races and ensure these are kept clear of the timing equipment. Relay Team Co-ordinators not to have Individual team members bibs in bags or pockets at relay team tent. Please leave at the top of the hill.
  • All teams are required to list their starting order by 12.30pm on race day.
  • In all scenarios a runner must complete a minimum of one full lap. If for some reason the runner cannot complete his/her lap, the runner listed on the next lap must run back and tag them. They then proceed to complete the injured runners lap before commencing their own lap(s).
  • Runners can complete more than one lap consecutively.
  • Runners can run in any order in terms of year and gender.
  • The relay will be electronically timed – each school relay team will be issued with a baton (27.5cm).
  • Pacing during the relay is strictly not permitted.
  • There will be NO hurdle in the relay course.