Remarkable Runners Harrier Club Inc

Coaching / Refereeing / Judging - Junior Athletics Event Assistant

Organisation Summary:

Remarkables Runners Junior Athletics Programmes aims to provide the people of the Wakatipu with a community, in which to enjoy participation and achievement in harriers and athletics.  They strive to introduce and nurture school children’s interest in running, jumping and throwing by offering a summer athletics programme for children which includes a mix of track and field events, and encourages involvement in regional and national events.    


Remarkable Runners Junior Athletics delivers training for children aged between 5-14 years.  Disciplines covered include:

  • Long Jump – 5-14years
  • High Jump – 10-14 years
  • Shot Put – 5-14years
  • Discus – 5-14 years
  • Hurdles – 10-14 years
  • Sprints – 5-14 years
  • 400m, 800m, 1500m run – 10-14 years
  • IAAF Kit Programme – 5-9 years

The children train in different events each week and every 3rd week we hold a PB (personal best) evening where the young athletes distance and times are recorded.  Their goal is to beat their PB the following time and if achieved a ribbon is awarded to acknowledge their progress.  Every Thursday the children complete 3 events each and the grades 9 and under usually focus on different events from the grades 10 and above.  Our aim is to ensure that children have fun, participate and develop great skills in athletics.

To successfully deliver the events for the children we require assistance from parents and volunteers to help run a discipline by measuring distances, time keeping, raking the sand pit between long jumps, replacing the bar at high jump, managing an event with the junior IAAF Programme and generally helping move the children from one station to another.  We require at least 2-3 adults stationed to each event and 5-6 for the sprints.  All volunteers will have a more experienced person placed at each event to help guide the delivery of the discipline.  Nobody will be left without support.

Time Commitment:

The dates for the 2020 sessions are as follows:
Frankton Events Centre - Thursdays 4:30pm - 6pm:
13th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March, 12th March, 19th March, 26th March, 4th April    
Arrowtown Primary School - Fridays 4pm - 5:30pm:
14th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March, 13th March, 20th March, 27th March, 5th April.

Skills Required:

18+ with good spoken English 

Volunteers should have an interest in supporting children to achieve and reach their potential. You must be able to communicate well with children, provide encouragement for them and be willing to have fun with the kids.  

Skills Gained:

As Event Assistant you will learn about all aspects of children’s athletics, the rules around each discipline and how to set up and manage a sport that requires a variety of events to be delivered in one evening.  You will also learn tips on how to show children the correct techniques that are required under Athletics New Zealand. 

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Thursday - Afternoon, Evening