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December 17th, 2011 HJAC middle distance athletes perform well at Auckland Junior Championships
Four HJAC athletes compete at the John Walker Night of Miles which included the following Auckland Junior Championship events:
1500m 14 Boys Michael Dawson Gold 4 min 23.23 sec
1500m 10 Girls Zaria Ireland Silver 5 min 39.60 sec (0.28sec off the club record)
1 Mile Walk (W16) Emma Dunbar (14G) Gold 10 min 43.90 sec Club Record
1 Mile Walk (M16) Nathan McDougall (13B) Silver 14 min 02.24 sec Club Record
Four entries, four medals - fantastic effort! Congratulations!

December 10th & 11th, 2011 HJAC athletes compete at National Secondary School Championships

HJAC athletes competing in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Championships – Wellington 10th & 11th December 2011

Junior (under 16)

Zac Naidu

400m QF / Heat 2 – 7th place Time: 57.69 (DNQ)

4 x 100m relay Mt Albert - DQ

Niven Longopoa

Long Jump – 13th place – 5.45m

4 x 100m relay Mt Albert – DQ

Michael Dawson

1500m Semi 1 – 1st place Time; 4:16.80 Q (new PB and HJAC record)

1500m Final – 8th place Time; 4:17.15

Celine Pearn

400m Heat 3 – 2nd place Time: 1:01.62 Q

400m Semi 2 – 1st place Time: 1:00.16 Q

400m Final – 2nd place Time; 1:00.19 - SILVER

4 x 400m relay Senior Girls – Mt Albert 3rd place - BRONZE

December 3, 2011 HJAC shines at Auckland Relay Championships

In very warm conditions, HJAC athletes claimed a number of medals at the Auckland Relay Championships held at Massey Park in Papakura.

With a large number of athletes unavailable, not all age groups could be represented - especially in the track events. However, special credit must be given to those children running up an age group. Congratulations to the following age group medal winners:

1st place - 11 yrs Shot Put

1st place - 14 yrs Boys 200m Final

2nd place - 13 yrs Long Jump

2nd place - 12 yrs Boys 200m Final

2nd place - 13 yrs Boys 100m Final

2nd place - 13 yrs Boys 200m Final

3rd place - 11yrs Discus

3rd place - 7 yrs Shot Put

3rd place - 13 yrs Shot Put

Well done to everyone for doing their best and doing the club proud!

November 6, 2011 Trans Tasman Team selected

After two trials, 115 athletes were chosen to represent the Auckland team in the Trans Tasman competition. This team will compete against a NSW team at the Trans Tasman Challenge Day to be held at Waitakere Stadium on Sunday 15 January 2012. Congratulations to the following people who were selected:


Andre Munro-Wilson


Caleb Simmons


Hollie Weston


Kalisi Longopoa


Karl Pearn


Malia Longopoa


Melata Tatola


Rachel Speir

October 16, 2011 Congratulations to:

Emma Dunbar for winning the NZ Championship 10Km Walk U14 age group Time: 1 Hour 21.2 minutes

August 2011 Congratulations to:

Debbie McGurk and Rachel Ireland who have passed their level C coaching papers and can now officially be officials :)

July 2011 Congratulations to:

Emma Dunbar got a gold medal for her 5km walk in the AAI Centre Road Racewalking Championships held at Keith Hay Park on the 31st July

May 2011 Auckland Sportsmanship Awards

Congratulations to:

Niven Longopoa for winning the Auckland Sportsperson Award (10-14 Boys) &

Malia Longopoa for winning the Auckland Sportsperson Award (10-14 Girls).

This is a great honour and we are very proud of you :)

A big congratulations also to Melata Tatola, Nathan McDougall and Michael Dawson who broke Auckland records this season and were presented with certificates from Auckland Athletics.


22 March 2011 Auckland Champs success!

35 Athletes initially registered for the Auckland Champs - 29 made it to the finals.

15 athletes collected medals:

Results:Gold =14 Silver = 8 Bronze = 10 Total = 32 Medals

Auckland Records to:

Melata Tatola Shot Put 12.52m

Niven Longopoa Long Jump 5.62m

Nathan McDougall 1200m Walk 8 min 43.40 sec

Top medal winners:

Malia Longopoa 3x Gold, 2x Silver

Niven Longopoa 4x Gold, 1x Silver (100m)

Malia Steinmetz 2x Gold, 1x Bronze

For full results see the Athletics Auckland website. Well done everyone!


22 February 2011 HJAC 6th!

A big thank you to Tony for the work done organising Top Ten teams. Hillsborough came a credible 6th place despite losing points in the 14yr age group. A special congratulations to the following medal and ribbon winners.

9 girls BRONZE Medal - Kalisi & Rowena

9years combined 3rd Place ribbon - Kalisi, Rowena, Caleb, Keshan

10 girls BRONZE Medal – Malia L, Sophie

11 girls GOLD Medal – Malia S, Alex – medals

12 boys BRONZE Medal – Niven, Richard

13 years combined – 3rd Place ribbons – Celine, Eilish, Michael, Armani

Here are the Top Ten clubs on the day.

  1. Waitakere
  2. Pakuranga
  3. Takapuna
  4. North Harbour Bays
  5. Massey
  6. Hillsborough
  7. Pt Chevalier
  8. Eastern
  9. Papatoetoe
  10. Roskill


2 February 2011 Bunnings BBQ

Buntings Mt Roskill have kindly supported HJAC over the last two years with the opportunity to utilise their excellent facilities to run sausage sizzle fundraisers for the Club.

Parents and the athletes have contributed time away from their busy weekends to run the BBQ stand and sell sausages and drinks to help raise necessary funds for the club to support athletes with domestic and international travel and ensure the equipment every week by hundreds of children is updated and maintained.

In addition to seeing many many familiar faces while selling sausages, we have had several enquiries from families interested in the club, whose children have subsequently joined up.

The Anniversary Weekend BBQ was a big success with $1706 profit raised towards team travel costs (such as Trans Tasman, IP's), upgrade of sports equipment and other club related costs. We really appreciate the opportunity to use the Bunnings facilities and their shoppers to raise money for the club.

Our thanks to Bunnings and all of the families who have supported these wonderful fundraising events.

Our BBQ fundraiser dates at Bunnings are: 18th -19th June, 3-4th September & 5-6th November. Please support these fundraising opportunities - they are an important source of income to help the whole club. We need more helpers at these events so please write these dates in your diary and contact David Ledger for a time slot over these weekends!


19 January 2011 Medals at Trans Tasman Challenge in Sydney

The Aussies won this time, but a big congrats to our team of representatives who were selected. Special congratulations goes to the following two medal winners: Melata Tatola for Shot Put and Discus = two gold medals

Rosie Mimms in the 100m = a bronze

Well done - we look forward to seeing them!


12 January 2011 Medals at Colgate Games in Hastings

A team of 21 athletes attended the NI Colgate Games under the management of Sheryn Dunbar and Reagan Muru. A big thanks to them and congratulations to the following medal winners.

Malia Longopoa (10) – Gold in 400m and 200m, Silver in 100.

Malia Steinmetz (11) – Gold in 200m, Bronze in 100m

Niven Longopoa (12) – Gold in long jump and 80m hurdles, Silver in 400m

Nathan McDougall (12) – Gold in 1200m walk

Michael Dawson (13) – Gold in 1500m, Bronze in 800m

And the final most exciting Gold was for the 12 girls relay comprised of Malia Longopoa (10), Malia Steinmetz (11), Emma Dunbar (12) & Tamsin Harvey (12).

Niko Steinmetz (10) – Silver in long jump

Cherie Walpole (14) – Bronze in 800m

Many PB’s and club records were also achieved.