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Thursday, 5 March 2015

2015 National T& F Champs Newtown Park Thu 5 Mar (Robertson Twins)

Zane Robertson, Mike Powell, Jake Robertson
The photos below of the Robertsons are about 10 years old. They were taken at the 2004 National Secondary Schools Track & Field Champs held in Hamilton, the year that there was a norovirus outbreak 

Jake Robertson on his way to winning the Junior Boys 3000m final

Zane Robertson grabs 2nd place in the Junior Boys 1500m final which was won by Dallas Bowden

This weekend will see a lot of activity in Wellington with both Homegrown and the Newtown Festival expected to pull in the crowds. For athletics fans the big weekend of the year brings the National Track and Field Champs back to Newtown Park with the expected thrills and spills. Expect to see some outstanding performances.  Star attractions include Nick Willis, The Robertson twins, Mike Powell (USA High Jump star), Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill and of course all of the Southland team lead by super-coach Lance Smith. Details of the meeting and key statistics are detailed below the photos.

Up at the track Jake and Zane Robertson led about 45 keen athletes, young and old, through a warm-up and drills session followed by a Q&A and some signings.  The Robertson story is one of the most intriguing tales of NZ sport, and I would imagine that some day you can expect a book and possibly a movie.

Steve Willis


Fri 6 March 10.00am – 6.10pm
Sat 7 March 9.30am - 5.00pm

Sun 8 March 9.30am - 3.45pm

(Road Walks 8.00am - 10.00am)
Total = 546

Male = 314 (57%) Female = 232 (43%)

Senior (20+) = 202 Junior (18-19) = 132 Youth (13-17) = 212
Athletes from

Auckland 128

Wellington 98

Canterbury 76

Waikato BOP 64

Otago 43

Manawatu/Wanganui 36

Southland 25

Tasman 23

Hawkes Bay Gisborne 17

Taranaki 12

Northland 5

Overseas 19


3 x 2014 Commonwealth Games medallists

16 x 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes

1 x 2014 World Indoor championships medallist

3 x 2014 World Indoor championship athletes

1 x 2014 World Junior championship medallist

3 x 2014 World Junior championship athletes

61 x New Zealand Representatives from 2014