CMA e-News 2011 - 2012 Season

Thursday 9th August 2012

Hi all,

Just a friendly reminder .... CMA AGM next Monday night 20th August @ 7:30 p.m., Port Hills Clubrooms.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Thursday 19th July 2012

Hi all,

Just a friendly reminder to pencil in some of the dates below from the Tuesday 19th June CMA E-News. There is one change to the events schedule listed, i.e. Oceania Postal Throws Pentathlon Challenge is now on 30th September 2012.

Please remember we need at least 25 current members to attend the AGM. The President's report was published in the last Cant-A-Long. If you are interested in becoming involved on the committee, please let me know.

The latest version of the track & field season is also available, CLICK HERE

Until the next e-News, I hope your training is going well or you are at least keeping warm.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Tuesday 19th June 2012

Hi all,

It's been a while since my last CMA e-news. Unless you are involved with cross-country, it is a quiet time of the year. In early June I went to a NZMA Board meeting in Hamilton. There is not a lot to report, apart from letting you know that the planning for both the North Island and the South Island Championships is well underway and that the NZMA Championships are being held in Wellington (March 1st - 4th) next year.

What's On, Where & When ........

CMA AGM - Monday 20th August 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.:

Port Hills Clubrooms @ 7:30 p.m. To view a draft summer programme for the 2012 - 2013 season, CLICK HERE and we can discuss it at the AGM. The other main issue to discuss will be whether or not we continue on with Cant-A-Long or simply use our website only as the preferred method of communication.

If you are interested in being on the committee, please let me know. If you have items you would like discussed, please send any remits to Bernadette Jago by 10th August 2012. - 32 Sloan Street or via e-mail bkjago@paradise.net.nz

Oceania Postal Throws Pentathlon - Sunday 30th September 2012 @ 10:00 a.m.:

Formerly know as the Trans Tasman Throws Pentathlon, this year some island members of Oceania have indicated they will join in this competition. In previous years it has been held in August, however as I am organising the event, we are going to hold it in September to hopefully avoid the cold weather in the south during August. For those interested, mark the above date on your calendar.

Other dates of note .....

  • South Island Masters Games (Timaru) - Athletics on 14th October 2012 - CLICK HERE to find out more information.
  • CMA Opening Day (Rawhiti Domain) - Wednesday 17th October 2012 @ 6:15 p.m.:
  • Tai Tapu Half & Quarter Marathons - Sunday 11th November 2012 @ 8:00 a.m.
  • North Island Track & Field Championships (Hamilton) - 23rd - 25th November 2012
  • South Island Track & Field Championships (Nelson) - 30th November - 2nd December 2012


Until the next e-News, I hope your training is going well or you are at least keeping warm.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Monday 26th March 2012

Hi all,

What's On, Where & When .....

END of Year Presentation Night - Sunday 1st April 2012

Prompt reply needed by Thursday 29th March: MINIMUM number of people required is 45!!!!

The final activity for the 2011 / 2012 season is the End of Year Presentation Night which is being held this Sunday 1st April 2012 at the Cashmere Club.

It is the same format as last year. Meet anytime from 5:30 p.m. for drinks, followed by a buffet dinner starting at approximately 6:45 p.m., presentation of awards, then dessert / tea / coffee.

Cost: CMA members $10.00, non-CMA members $20.00

At present I have 26 people attending. We require a minimum of 45 confirmed attendees for a buffet style meal to go ahead.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP if you are able to attend either by e-mail or telephone 338 0516.



Regards,

Andrew Stark



P.S. If you know of anyone who would normally go to this function but does not get e-mails, please let them know and ask them to contact me by Thursday.

Sunday 11th March 2012

Urgent Request:

The Link Relay (Halswell Quarry) is planned for Saturday 24th March 2012. See the attached race flyer ... Link Relay Race Call

This is a CMA organised event and one of our major fundraising events. For this to be successful, your committee needs your help.

Jobs involved:

  1. Course set up. Meet at Halswell Quarry @ 11.00 a.m.
  2. Assist with givng out Relay team cards / Late entries. Meet at Halswell
  3. Time Keepers / Results Recorders. Meet at Halswell Quarry by 1:00 p.m.
  4. Dismantle course after the event.

If you are able to help, please let me know ASAP by ringing Andrew on 338 0516 or send an e-mail.



Regards,

Andrew Stark

Tuesday 21st February 2012
Hi all,

Last Sunday we held the CMA Track & Field Championships at Rawhiti Domain in less than pleasant conditions. Fortunately the day improved as it went on and we finished the day with a well attended BBQ. Thank you to all who helped out as officials on the day. CLICK HERE Track & Field & CLICK HERE for Pentathlon view the results. The NZMA Track & Field Championships in Auckland are fast approaching as they occur during the first weekend in March. Good luck to those who are attending.

What's On, Where & When .....

West Coast Track & Field Championships - Saturday 17 March 2012 - Greymouth:

Last year several CMA members went to these championships and had a great time. Why not give it a go. CLICK HERE to view the programme. If you need somewhere to stay, let me know as Keith Barrow has space for two couples to stay.

Max's Night CMA Meeting - Wednesday 21 March 2012 @ 6.15 a.m. - Rawhiti Domain:

This is the final meeting for the season and while the track events will be decided on the night based on who turns up, I have had a request from Dave Leech for a hammer & weight throws to be included for field event competitiors. Dave has a significant birthday soon as he is turning 85 on March 9th 2012, hence his request for these events. Following the meeting we will be having a social gathering, including some presentations and a shared supper. Please remember to bring a plate of food to share.

Link Relay -Saturday 24 March 2012 @ 1.00 p.m. - Halswell Quarry:

Advice notice. More information about this event will be available closer to the date.

CMA Throws Pentathlon - Sunday 25 March 2012 @ 10.00 a.m. - Rawhiti Domain:

Due to the Jack King Memorial Throws Pentathlon being held in January, the final CMA Championship event for the season has been delayed until this Sunday. If you are planning to attend, please let me know.

CMA Presenatation Night - Sunday 1 April 2012 @ 6.30 p.m. - Cashmere Club:

As yet the venue has not been booked but I will confirm the venue ASAP. It is planned that we have a similar format to last year with a dinner, followed by the presentation of trophies. Mark this date on your calendar. More details later.



Have you lost some shoes, white Saucony / red trim? These shoes and a black NZ singlet were left behind on Sunday at Rawhiti Domain. RIng me if you think the shoes and black NZ singlet are yours. (338 0516)

Until the next e-News, I hope your training continues to go well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Monday 13th February 2012

Hi all,

The Oceania Track & Field Championships have been and gone for another two years. Several Canterbury athletes made the journey north and you can look up their results on the NZMA website (CLICK HERE). If you are interested in looking at photos from this event, these can be viewed on Nesport.co.nz. (CLICK HERE). I look forward to receiving reports from anyone who attended the games.

What is of more importance at the moment is the up-coming CMA Track & Field Championships to be held this Sunday at Rawhiti Domain. We will be sharing the ground with the New Brighton / Olympic Children's section as they are holding their championships on the same day. I need to know who is competing and in what events ASAP so that if minor changes to the programme need to be made to avoid clashes, this can be done before Sunday.



Important Notice - Important Notice - Important Notice
Please PRE-ENTER the CMA Championships ASAP by contacting ...
Bernadette Jago (CLICK HERE to e-mail or telephone 980 2457)
or
Andrew Stark (CLICK HERE to e-mail or telephone 338 0516).



To view the proposed programme CLICK HERE. Based on entries and because we are sharing the grounds, it may be necessary to amend the start times of some events on the track. To enter the championships you MUST be a current financial member. The cost is $10.00, which includes attending a BBQ. Non-competing supporters can attend the BBQ at a cost of only $5.00. You can also purchase a certificate for $5.00. Payment of all fees MUST be done on Sunday, if not before.

Official required:
If you can help, I need to hear from you ASAP. All track races will be hand timed, so if you have done that before, please let me know.

It has been a very quiet season so far. I hope more members will come out this Sunday to compete and enjoy the social gathering afterwards.

Until the next e-News, I hope your training continues to go well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Tuesday 24th January 2012

Hi all,

Last weekend the CMA Steeplechase Championships were held in Timaru in beautiful sunny conditions. Iain Chinnery won the M60 2000m event and Kevin Prendergast won the M55 3000m event. Michael Bond unfortunately tripped over one hurdle and ended up spending the night in Timaru hospital. On Sunday, the Jack King Memorial Throws Pentathlon was held at Rawhiti Domain in wintery weather conditions. A select few of hardy competitors completed the event. CLICK to see the MEN'S & WOMEN'S results.

What's On, Where & When .....

CMA Meeting - Sunday 29 January 2012 @ 10.00 a.m. - CHANGE OF VENUE NOW Rawhiti Domain:

Initially this meeting was to be held at Hansen Park. As I am unsure if the track surface is suitable for races, the meeting has been moved to Rawhiti Domain. I apologise for the late venue change. This is the last chance for competition before the Oceania Games in Tauranga, so hopefully we will have a few more attendees.

Track Events: 60m Scratch, 60m Handicap, 200m, 600m / 800m, 2000m / 3000m run / walk, Relay or any other event by demand.

Field Events:Hammer, Discus, Long Jumpp

Oceania Track & Field Championships - 5 to 12 February 2012 - Tauranga:

It's not that long until these championships will be upon us. CLICK HERE for the event schedule for these games. I hope your training has been going well in readiness for these championships.

Canterbury Masters Championships - Sunday 19 February 2012 @ 11.00 a.m. - Rawhiti Domain - PLEASE indicate you are coming ASAP:

Last year we introduced a new programme, starting later in the day and finishing with a social gathering / BBQ. The same format is planned for this year.

There will be a one off entry fee of $10.00 to enter the CMA Championships. The entry fee covers all events and a ticket to the BBQ. Non-competing 'friends' can purchase BBQ tickets at a cost of $5.00 each. Certificates are also available at a cost of $5.00.

So that we can organise this event successfully, I would like members to indicate if they will be attending and if possible which events you want to compete in ASAP. CLICK HERE for 2012 Entry Form.
There will be NO pole vault and hurdles this year due to the gear being unavailable at Rawhiti Domain.

You can enter by printing off the attached entry form and sending it to the address below or ringing Andrew Stark (338 0516) or Bernadett Jago (980 2457).

The Secretary
Bernadette Jago
32 Sloan Terrace
Christchurch 8022

I would appreciate a response to this request as soon as possible.

Until the next e-News, I hope your training continues to go well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Friday 13th January 2012

Hi all,

Happy New Year to you all. It seems a long time since I have been to a track & field meeting, so I am looking forward to competing this weekend. The past few weeks have been a trying time for those living in the eastern part of Christchurch, as the earthquakes have returned all too frequently, no doubt making life stressful again. I do hope that more members will join in the up-coming CMA events, as exercise is a great stress realease. At last I can report that the up-grade to Rawhiti is complete, apart from the building of the equipment shed. The first track & field meeting will be held there tomorrow.

What's On, Where & When .....

CMA 3000m Championships, Saturday 14 January 2012 @ 3:45 p.m - Rawhiti Domain:

Due to the small number of members competing in our championships, I have moved the race forward to 3:45 p.m., so that it falls within the Athletics Canterbury programme. You are asked to enter 1 hour before the start time and pay the normal race entry fee of $5.00. Good luck to those you enter. CLICK HERE for the event schedule for this meeting.

CMA Meeting, Wednesday 18 January 2012 @ 6.15 p.m. - Rawhiti Domain:

At our last CMA Christmas Break-up Meeting we were rained out, so very limited events were held. Let's hope for better weather next week.

Track Events: 60m Scratch, 60m Handicap, 100m, 300m / 400m, 1200m / 1500m run / walk, Relay or any other event by demand.

Field Events: Discus Throw & Javelin

Athletics Canterbury & CMA Steeplechase Championships, Saturday 21st January @ 11:30 a.m. - Timaru:

As we do not have any steeplechase facilities in Christchurch, this event will occur in Timaru. I hope some members will make the journey south to compete. Athletes from Dunedin have also been invited. CLICK HERE for the event schedule for Timaru.

Jack King Memorial Throw Pentathlon, Sunday 22nd January @ 10:00 a.m. - Rawhiti Domian:

Now that repairs to Rawhiti Domain are complete, why not come along to the Throws Pentathlon and 'give it a go!' You are all wecome and I look forward to seeing more than just the regular attendees.p

Oceania Track & Field Championships - 5 to 12 February - Tauranga:

It's not that long until these championships will be upon us. CLICK HERE for the event schedule for these games. I hope your training has been going well in readiness for these games.

William (Bill) Newton:

It is with great sadness that I must inform members that Bill passed away just before Christmas after a brief illness. He was an active member right up until his untimely death and he will be missed by the regular group of 'friends' he competed with at our CMA meetings.

Cant-A-Long Issue:

As we are having a very quiet season, with a low number of competitors and NO copy for Cant-A-Long, a reduced issue is currently being prepared ...... BUT it's not too late to send me some copy .... PLEASE!!!g



Until the next e-News, I hope your training continues to go well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)



P.S. If you know of members who DO NOT have computers, please let them know about the change of venue next week and any other information that relates to them.

Tuesday 13th December 2011

Hi all,

A friendly reminder ... meeting tomorrow night ....

Christmas Break-up Meeting, Wednesday 14 December 2011 @ 6:15 p.m - Rawhiti Domain:

At this meeting there will ONE major draw of a trip for TWO on the Trans Alpine Express Train and SIX minor draws of Shoe Clinic Gift Vouchers. To find out more about some Shoe Clinic Christmas Special Offers ... CLICK HERE.

All those who attend this meeting tomorrow night as either a competitor, official or supporter will be in the draw which will be made during the social gathering after the meeting. Please remember to bring a plate of food to share.

Track Events: 60m Scratch, 60m Handicap, 100m, 300m / 400m, 1200m / 1500m run / walk, Relay or any other event by demand.

Field Events: Discus Throw & Javelin

I hope as many as possible will attend.



Kind Regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

P.S. If you know of members who DO NOT have computers, please let them know about the information contained in this CMA e-news.

Tuesday 6th December 2011

Hi all,

Over the past two weekends, we have had the North Island Track & Field Championships (Wellington) and the South Island Track & Field Championships (Timaru). Several of our athletes made the trip to both meetings and performed well. If you go to the results page of the website you can see the SI results, but as yet the NI results are not available. Well done to those who competed. A full report will be available in the next Vetline.

Up-coming event:

Jack King Memorial Throw Pentathlon POSTPONED until Sunday 22nd January 2012:

In consultation with members who usually compete in this event, it has been decided to postpone this event until mid January to allow the improvements to Rawhiti Domain to be completed. I apologise for the late notice of this change. It has been a difficult year deciding exactly where our CMA meetings will be held this year as the two venues we usually use have been unavailable because of earthquake damage / repairs. I ask again that if you know anyone who usually competes in this event, but does not have e-mail access, that you give them a ring to inform them of this change.

Christmas Break-up Meeting, Wednesday 14 December 2011 @ 6:15 p.m - Rawhiti Domain:

This meeting will go ahead as planned with an improvised programme and a social gathering. Please remember to bring a plate of food to share. I hope as many as possible will attend.

CMA 5000m Championships - Burnside High School Track - Saturday 17 December @ 4:45 p.m.:

Originally this event was planned to be held at Rawhiti Domain, but will now be at Burnside High School. Those competing are reminded to enter the event 1 hour before the scheduled start time and a fee of $5.00 is payable to Athletics Canterbury at the time of entering.



The end of year is fast approaching. I hope to see many of you at the Christmas Break-up Meeting. Until the next e-News, I hope your training continues to go well.

Kind regards,



Andrew Stark

(CMA President)



P.S. If you know of members who DO NOT have computers, please let them know about the information contained in this CMA e-news.

Monday 21st November 2011

Hi all,

Some important notices .......

Next CMA Meetings - Tuesday 22nd November 2011 & 29nd November 2011 - Both NOW at Burnside High School Track

I apologise for the late notice of this venue change. If you receive this e-mail and know of others who do not have computers but usually go to the CMA meetings, can you please give them a ring?

A decision about the venue for the Jack King Memorial and Christmas meetings will be made ASAP.



Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Thursday 17th November 2011

Hi all,

Some important notices ......

Athletics Canterbury 10000m Championships Saturday 19th November 2011 @ 4:45 p.m. - Change of Venue - NOW at Burnside High School Track:

Rawhiti Domain is still out of action, so all inter-club events this year will remain at Burnside High School until further notice. All current CMA members can compete in this championship event, but will be required to pay the $5.00 entry fee ONE hour before the start time. Please spread the word to other runners you know who might not see this e-mail.

Next CMA Meetings - Venue Undecided??????

Hansen Park is still out of action. I have a Track & Field Meeting tonight where an update of Rawhiti Domain will occur. Once I have that information, I can make a decision about where our next CMA meetings planned for Hansen Park can be held. Expect another e-News soon.



Until the next e-News, I hope your training continues to go well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)



P.S. If you know of members who DO NOT have computers, please let them know about the change of venue next week and any other information that relates to them.

Monday 7th November 2011

Hi all,

Some important notices ......

The Tai Tapu Half & Quarter Marathon events were ran last Sunday in near perfect conditions. Thank you to all the CMA members who assisted in anyway.

Track & Field Meeting Sunday 13th November @ 10:00 a.m. - Change of Venue - NOW at Rawhiti Domain (New Brighton - Olympic Club):

Due to repairs to the Hansen Park track, we will move this meeting to Rawhiti Domain. Work is due to start on Rawhiti Domain the following week, so I am not sure where our next meeting will be held as both venues may be out of action, however I will keep you posted with up-dates.

If you are a regular attendee of these meetings and know of any member who does not receive this e-mail, can you please give them a ring to inform them of this change of venue. Remember also that at each meeting someone will win a bottle of wine. The winner at the opening meeting was John Dumerge. John is moving to Waimate and we wish him well.

Track Events: 60m Scratch, 60m Handicap, 200m, 800m, 3000m run / walk

Field Events: Javelin & Shot Put

CMA Registration DUE NOW - CMA Registration DUE NOW:

As you are receiving this e-mail, I already have all your details so you DO NOT need to complete the registration form unless you have changed your details. If you pay by internet banking, please use your name as the reference. Our bank account and postal details are on the Registration page.

NEW Members please fill out the on-line registration form or download a printable version by going to the Registration page of the website and follow the instructions given.

South Island Championships, Timaru - 2nd - 4th December 2011:

Entries for the South Island Championships close on Monday 14th November 2011. In order to compete, you must have paid your 2011 / 2012 registration fees. See the Events / Programme page for more details. There are entry forms you can download and print.

16th Oceania Masters Athletics Track & Field Championships, Tauranga - 5th -12th February 2012:

Entries for this event close on December 15th and there are NO LATE entries. Entries can be done on-line by going to the NZMA website, CLICK HERE.

Cant-A-Long:

I am hopeful of having a Cant-A-Long prepared in time for our Christmas Break-up Meeting in mid December. If you have some news, some running history or a report on the North Island or South Island Championships that you attended, please get that to me ASAP. So far I have nothing but results.

Until the next e-News, I hope your training continues to go well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)



P.S. If you know of members who DO NOT have computers, please let them know about the change of venue next week and any other information that relates to them.

Thursday 20th October 2011

Hi all,

Some important notices ......

OPENING CMA Track & Field Meeting @ 6:15 p.m. - Change of Venue - NOW at Rawhiti Domain (New Brighton - Olympic Club):

Due to repairs to the Hansen Park track, we have had to move our opening meeting to Rawhiti Domain. We plan to have a shared supper after competition, so please remember to bring some food to share. The cost to compete is $2.00 which will help cover the cost of hiring the clubrooms. This season we are introducing a random draw prize of a bottle of wine or a block of chocolate at each CMA meeting. If you compete or officiate at our CMA organised meetings, you will be in the draw. At the Christmas Break-up meeting we are planning a major draw, yet to be confirmed. I look forward to seeing many of you next week.

Track Events: 60m Scratch, 60m Handicap, 100m, 300m / 400m, 1200m / 1500m run / walk

Field Events: Discus & Shot Put

CMA Registration DUE NOW - CMA Registration DUE NOW:

As you are receiving this e-mail, I already have all you details so you DO NOT need to complete the registration form unless you have changed your details. If you pay by internet banking, please use your name as the reference. Our bank account and postal details are on the Registration page.

NEW Members please fill out the on-line registration form or download a printable version by going to the Registration page of the website and follow the instructions given.

If you are planning to compete in the North Island (November 25-27) or South Island (December 2-4) Championships, you must be registered by the entry closing dates for each meeting. See the Events / Programme page for more details. There are entry forms you can download and print for each event.

Shoe Clinic Tai Tapu Half & Quarter Marathon - Sunday 6th November 2011 @ 8:00 a.m.:

Organised by the Athletics Canterbury Cross Country & Road Committee - Click here for Entry Form & Race Details.

HELP REQUIRED: CMA members make up some of the officials for this event and we receive a donation for our efforts, so please keep the morning of Sunday 6th November 2011 free.

Please contact Kevin Jago (980 2457) immediately if you are able to help .... your help will be needed, so don't think someone else will do it?

Athletics Canterbury Track & Field Programme 2011 - 2012 - Opening Day 15 October 2011:

As Rawhiti Domain is not yet ready, the opening THREE meetings of the season will be held at the Burnside High School track (Christchurch Avon Club Grounds). For more detail of the programme click here.

Until the next e-News, I hope your training continues to go well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)



P.S. If you know of members who DO NOT have computers, please let them know about the change of venue next week and any other information that relates to them.



Friday 30th September 2011

Hi all,

Some important notices ......

Important QEII Replacement Meeting:

On Thursday 6th October at the Elmwood Bowling Club @ 7:00 p.m., an important meeting is being held to gather information so our sport can have input into the replacement of QEII. Click here for more information about this important meeting and be there if you can.

CMA Registration DUE NOW:

As you are receiving this e-mail, I already have all you details so you DO NOT need to complete the registration form unless you have changed your details. If you pay by internet banking, please use your name as the reference. Our bank account and postal details are on the Registration page.

NEW Members please fill out the on-line registration form or download a printable version by going to the Registration page of the website and follow the instructions given.

If you are planning to compete in the North or South Island Championships, you must be registered by the entry closing dates for each meeting. See the Events / Programme page for more details.

Crater Rim Trail Run - Sunday 16th October 2011 @ 8:00 a.m.:

This event is organised by the Port Hills Club - Click here Entry Form & Race Details.

Shoe Clinic Tai Tapu Half & Quarter Marathon - Sunday 6th November 2011 @ 8:00 a.m.:

Organised by the Athletics Canterbury Cross Country & Road Committee - Click here Entry Form & Race Details.

Advance notice: CMA members make up some of the officials for this event and we receive a donation for our efforts, so please keep the morning of Sunday 6th November 2011 free.

Athletics Canterbury Track & Field Programme 2011 - 2012 - Opening Day 15 October 2011:

As Rawhiti Domain is not yet ready, the opening TWO meetings of the season will be held at the Burnside High School track (Christchurch Avon Club Grounds). For more detail of the programme click here.



Until the next e-News, keep training as the new track season is about to start.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Thursday 22nd September 2011

Hi all,

The beginning of the track & field season is fast approaching. A CMA 2011-2012 season programme is available on the Events / Programme page of the website. It was discussed at the AGM about the possibility of Masters being able to compete regularly at Inter-club meetings without being registered club athletes. Unfortunately this is not possible, but there are still some meetings throughout the season where you can compete and these are highlighted on our programme. It has not been possible to indicate the field event schedule for the season until I know the extent of damage to the throwing circles at both Rawhiti and Hansen Park. This will be done ASAP and an updated programme created.

Entry forms for the North Island, South Island and Oceania Championships can also be downloaded from the Events / Programme page. If you are considering going to the North Island Championships in late November, several of our members are staying at the Halswell Lodge Hotel Motel complex in Kent Street. Why not join us?

QEII Update:

The equipment storage area at QEII has been entered by the appropriate people and I am pleased to report that it looks like we will be able to remove our gear along with most if not all Centre gear. The process to obtain permission to enter the area is currently being 'worked' through, but just exactly when that will happen is not sure. When we run our CMA meetings, I ask the throwers to bring their own gear just in case.

Rawhiti Domain Up-grade:

Athletics Canterbury is putting together a plan & costings of getting the track & field facilities up to standard, with the assistance of CCC. As all areas of the sport will benefit from the work they are doing, it was agreed at the last CMA committee meeting that CMA contribute $5000 towards the cost. It is estimated that it will cost upwards of $110,000, half of which is to be paid from within the sport and half from funding.

CMA Opening Day - Wednesday 26 October Hansen Park @ 6:15 p.m.
It is still unclear as to when Rawhiti Domain will be available, so our first meeting is planned for Hansen Park. Closer to the time, I will indicate which throwing events will be on. Following the meeting there will be a shared supper, so please remember to bring some food.

Remember these important dates:

North Island Track & Field Championships - November 25th to 27th 2011 @ Wellington
Click here to view the programme and entry form.

South Island Track & Field Championships - 2nd to 4th December 2011 @ Timaru
Click here to view the programme and entry form.

Until the next e-New, keep training as the new track season is about to start.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Wednesday 31st August 2011

Hi all,

The CMA AGM occurred last week, with a good turn out of over 30 members. A new committee was duly elected, made up of the same members as last year, but with a couple of roll changes. Diane Carter stepped down as treasurer as she is planning to move back to Gisborne. After Bob died, it has not been that easy for Diane to continue in the roll as treasurer and it is a credit to her that she did. On behalf of all CMA members, thank you Diane. Glen Watts was nominated for CMA Life Membership and it was duly passed by those present.

Tony McManus has taken on the roll as treasurer. The other change involves the secretarially position. Due to the extra demands related to earthquake recovery plans within the sport, Bernadette Jago has taken over from Andrew Reese. Andrew is very committed to our sport, with various treasurer / secretarially rolls within Athletics Canterbury and we still be involved on the CMA committee.

On Sunday 28 August, a small group of 10 gathered for the Trans Tasman Postal Throws Pentathlon. Click here to view the results.

CMA Opening Day - Wednesday 26 October Hansen Park @ 6:15 p.m.
On the HOME PAGE there is a report from John McBreaty about the progress being made re: improvements to Rawhit Domain. At the AGM, it was decided to hold the opeing CMA meeting at Hansen Park as it was not clear as to whether Rawhiti Domain will be available due to the work required to the in-field high jump / javelin area. I am in the process of completing the 2011-2012 programme and this will be available ASAP and posted on this website.

North Island Track & Field Championships - November 25th to 27th 2011 @ Wellington
Click here to view the programme and entry form.

South Island Track & Field Championships - 2nd to 4th December 2011 @ Timaru
Click here to view the programme and entry form.

Until the next e-New, Keep training as the new track season is about to start.

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Tuesday 23rd August 2011

Hi All,

Two cold snowy periods in one year is a bit much. The only good point is that the weather on several days like today, appears warmer than normal. I certainly have enjoyed getting up on the hills looking out over Christchurch. It makes the hard climb up well worth it. By now many of you will know the fate of your houses - red, orange or green. Not in that position myself, I not sure if that is good or bad. However, a guess progress is being made, but I suspect will be a long process before it's 'over'.

In the meantime life goes on, so what's coming up ....

IMPORTANT: CMA AGM - Wednesday 24 August @ 7:30 p.m - Port Hills Club Rooms:
It's that time of the year again. There will be some charges in committee personel and I encourage as many as possible of you to please come along. If you feel you have something to contribute, please make yourself available and get involved. There will be gaps to fill on the committee. A supper will be provided, giving you a chance to catch up with friends.

Trans Tasman Postal Throws Pentathlon - Sunday 28 August @ New Brighton Club Grounds, 10:00 a.m.
If you are intersted, can you please ring Bev Church (388 5736) and let her know. It's not too late. Thank you to those who have already done so. We will be able to use the New Brighton gear, but I'm not sure if all appropriate age group equipment is available. To ensure we have the right equipment, please bring along your own if you have any. Thank you.

CMA Opening Day - Wednesday 26 October
The CCC has indicated that they will assist with the up-grade of the New Brighton track & field area and this will become the primary competition venue for Canterbury Athletics. As yet, we do not when the work required will begin or if it will be completed in time for the start of this season. Therefore I am unable to confirm the venue of our Opening Day. I will let you know closer to the time.


Until the next e-New, Keep training as the new track season is about to start. I can't wait!!

Kind regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Monday 1st August 2011

Hi all,

Usually the performances we celebrate as masters athletes relate to track & field results. However, I am pleased to inform you all that Andrea Cattermole has produced a performance that she is very proud of ... a wee girl born on 17/07/2011 at 8:27 a.m., weighing in at 7lbs 4oz. Below is a photo of Emma May Hack.

Andrea's Baby



It's not often a 'masters' athlete does this, so well done Andrea.

Canterbury Masters Road Championships - Saturday 6 August 2011 Pegasus Town:
For all details, race times and map CLICK HERE.

IMPORTANT: CMA AGM - Wednesday 24 August @ 7:30 p.m - Port Hills Club Rooms:
It's that time of the year again. More information about the AGM is printed in Cant-A-Long that will be sent out this week. Come along and have your say. I look forward to seeing many of you again ... the first time since the annual dinner back in April.

Cant-A-Long:
The latest version of Cant-A-Long is about to be sent out, however the e-Cant-A-Long version can be read on-line (CLICK HERE) now. If you are happy to NOT get the paper version of Cant-A-Long anymore, can you please let me know via e-mail ASAP.



Until the next e-New, Keep safe.


Regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Wednesday 27th July 2011

Hi all,

Interesting weather we are having .... I remember the 1992 snow and time it's just about as heavy. While the city may look beautiful all covered in white, I suspect that coupled with earthquake damage makes for a very unpleasant time for some. The WMA Track & Field Championships have been and gone. There were some great performance and if you CLICK HERE, you can see a list of all the New Zealand athlete' performacnes.

Last weekend, Canterbury hosted the New Zealand Cross Country Championships, held at the Halswell Quarry on the same course at the Canterbury Championships. We were so luck with the weather, as the predicted storm arrived a couple of days late. CLICK HERE to view the results.

What's On ...

Athletics Canterbury Track & Field AGM - Thursday 28 July 2011 @ 7:30 p.m. - Cashmere Club
Just a reminder that the AGM is on tomorrow night at the Cashmere Club. Come along and hear about what's happening this summer re: track & field.

IMPORTANT: CMA AGM - Wednesday 24 August @ 7:30 p.m - Port Hills Club Rooms
It's that time of the year again. For more information about the AGM is printed in Cant-A-Long that will be sent out next week. Come along and have your say. I look forward to seeing many of you again ... the first time since the annual dinner back in April.

Trans Tasman Postal Throws Pentathlon - Sunday 28 August
For those interested, pencil this date in. As yet, I am unsure of the venue and the availibility of equipment. If you are intersted, can you please ring Bev Church (388 5736) and let her know.

CMA Records Up-date:
Bryan Kerr has continued to keep our records up-to-date The latest version are now on this website ... CLICK HERE. I have yet to convert the non-stadia records into the new layout. Once this has been done, i will add them to the records page.



Until the next e-New, Keep safe.


Regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

Sunday 10th July 2011

Hi all,

Follow this link ....
http://www.wma2011.com/en/home.htm

to find the results from the WMA Track & Field Championships, Sacramento. Look for the YELLOW '2011 WMA Results' banner at the top right of their HOME page. Click on this link. This takes you to the results page, organised by venue. Click on a venue and scroll down the find the events of interest.


Andrew

Tuesday 5th July 2011

Hi all,

The winter season is well underway and for many CMA members I know it is a quiet time of the year without regular gatherings / meetings. Fortunately the weather has been bearable, unless you want snow.

Two more large earthquakes in early June. More damage ... more stress.... Recently the earthquakes have become less frequent. However, I'm not sure if that's good or bad?? I know many of our members have been affected by the Government annoucement about the red / orange zones. I can't imagine what it must be like to live within the red zone. I suspect it is not easy as you come to terms with what that exactly that means for you personally. I do know that doing exercise during times of stress is helpful, so what's coming up that you can focus on .....


Athletics Canterbury AGM - Thursday 7th July @ The Cashmere Club starting at 7:30 p.m.
CLICK HERE to see the programme for the night.

Canterbury Cross Country Championships - Saturday 9th July @ Halswell Quarry
CLICK HERE to found out race start times. You do have to be a member of a club to compete.


NZ Cross Country Championships - Saturday 23rd July @ Halswell Quarry
If you are a financial member of CMA (i.e. but not a club athlete), you are able to enter the NZ Championships either by post or on-line via this link .... CLICK HERE. Entries close midnight 10th July. I'm not sure how user friendly the entry form is, as I see it does not allow for Masters athletes who are not registered NZ club athletes. Maybe one of our members who is on the organising committee can explain the process? Contact me if you need help.

Like many CMA members, I'll be out helping organise the next two cross-country races (not that I do much compared to some), but every little bit helps. Let's hope for fine weather and maybe I'll see you there.

Trans-Tasman Postal Throws Pentathlon
This event occurs during the month of August. If you are interested in competing, please let me know. At present, all our gear is unavailable as it is still locked under the stand at QEII. Hopefully, between those competing, the Port Hills and New Brighton Clubs, we can arrange to get the right equipment for those competing. I will tell you more, when I know more.

WMA Championships - Sacramento 2011:
In the latest issues of Vetline, there was a full list on NZ athletes going to Sacamento. Good luck you all, but especially to Ric Davison and Ron Munro. Diane Carter is also going as an official. We all look forward to hearing about your experiences.

July Cant-A-Long:
I am collecting articles for the next issue of Cant-A-Long .... but as yet I still only have one or two so it will be a very small issue! This is your newsletter and there is only so much I can do .... so please help. It will not be sent out until two weeks before our AGM, which is going to be late August so there is still time.

CMA AGM:
The CMA AGM were occur during the week starting August 21st. I will send out more info in Cant-A-Long. What I am interested in hearing about, is how we can improve our CMA Track & Field Meetings, as requested in the last e-News. So far I have had no suggestions.


Until the next e-New, keep safe.



Regards,

Andrew Stark

(CMA President)


Friday 3rd June 2011

Hi all,

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It's been almost two months since the last e-mail. The news is still full of earthquake stories, many about the frustration of how slow progress seems to be occurring. Having walked around the outside of the red zone, the repair / clean-up is not going to be easy and I suspect that applies to many parts of Christchurch too.

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Track & Field Planning Meeting Review:

On the 7th April, a large group of interested people gathered at the Cashmere Club to discuss how Athletics Canterbury can run a track & field season without QEII. Ideas from the meeting were discussed at the subsequent Track & Field sub-committee meetings, of which Andrew Reese and I are members. A sub-committee involving all sections of Athletics Canterbury has been set up and with the help of Sport Canterbury personnel, they are approaching the CCC to determine where to from here, with particular interest as to where meetings can be held next season. What we do know is that it will be no 'quick fix'. I will report on process when I know more.
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An approach has also been made to the fire service to access QEII to remove ALL athletic gear, but as yet I have not heard the outcome of the request.
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Winter Season Events:

Several of our members have been involved in organising many of the races and competing. A full list of results can be found on the Athletics Canterbury website ... CLICK HERE. To those competing, well done.

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SBS Marathon:

This event, plus the other associated races are occurring this Sunday on a new course starting in Lincoln. If you are competing in any of the races, good luck. For more information about when each race / walk starts in case are going out to watch, CLICK HERE. I'm not sure of the weather forecast for Sunday, but I don't think it's looking great.
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July Cant-A-Long:
I am collecting articles for the next issue of Cant-A-Long .... but as yet I only have one! This is your newsletter and there is only so much I can do .... so please help.
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Members Feedback:
While QEII may be out of action, our usual CMA meetings can still go ahead on the two grass tracks we used last season. What I am concerned about is the small number of members who attend these meetings. Why is that? This is your chance to have a say as to how we can run these meetings better, so that more people attend. Use the e-mail reply button above in the blue box and have your say.
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Finally, some sad news. Kerry Kaass and his wife Helena were involved in a serious car accident earlier this week. I don't know the exact details of their injuries, but Kerry has several broken bones, including both legs. I remember watching Kerry race as a 'school kid' and more recently he has shown that with hard work and dedication, he still 'has what it takes'. On behave of CMA, I will pass on our bless wishes.

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This winter I'm having a 'forced break' from racing due to an on-going injury ... very frustrating. If you are competing, good luck and remember, write something for Cant-A-long.

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Regards,

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Andrew Stark

(CMA President)

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