Christchurch Avon Athletic Club
We have a competitive spirit in the club that underpins our undoubted success across all age groups and forms of the Sport – track and field, cross country, road and trail running. However, we know that runners compete primarily with ourselves to be the best we want to be, so we welcome and cater for runners of all abilities. Our members are a social bunch who enjoy club runs, post event socialising, and other fun activities, including club trips away.
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Christchurch Avon Athletic Club is a successful club that encourages not only athletic success but a love for the sport. The positive and friendly environment the club has created allows individuals to achieve personal goals through the ongoing support from coaches both during and outside of the training sessions. I think that Christchurch Avon provides an extremely positive atmosphere, where everyone is welcome whether you are a social or competitive runner. The club helps and guides people of all ages and abilities to develop their athletic skill. The optimism, tenacity and humility of the coaches and other club athletes gives both the athletes and families an incredible support network.
There is a huge amount of work put in by all the coaches and people involved in the club, their positive outlook and sense of humour is always obvious. There is always an opportunity for everyone to get involved and be a part of something and to challenge themselves. From club and interclub competitions, to national and international level competitions the club’s support will always be behind you.
I joined Christchurch Avon in the 2015-16 season as an 11-year-old. My brother and I came from cricket, which we did not enjoy. Mum and dad said we had to do something on a Saturday, and I enjoyed athletics a lot at primary school, so we decided to give it a go. Athletics very quickly took over my sporting life.
I have competed at 3 Colgate Games and two Inter provincial Championships over the past 3 years. I have made a lot of new friends at CHAV and have received very good coaching. My coaches have taught me that when I put the effort into training I will be rewarded with better results. I have really enjoyed being involved in the junior club and look forward to moving into seniors next year.
I joined Christchurch Avon when I was 8 years old and have enjoyed it ever since. I enjoy getting to meet new people and see my mates. I joined because some of my friends and I started cross country and we already knew some people at the club. I really like getting to do a variety of different track and field events.
I joined Christchurch Avon a couple of years ago. The reason I choose Christchurch Avon was predominantly due to its location and a similar vibe to a running club I’d been a member of while living in Melbourne, AUS.
I’ve found the club to be extremely welcoming, friendly and supportive. With two young children, I’m unable to train as much as I’d like nor can I attend a lot of the social activities, however it’s great to know that there are a lot of things happening within the club that I could join in on in the future.
I like it’s relaxed, yet organised approach to club run activities and it also has a great presence at all the Canterbury Athletics events throughout the year. Christchurch Avon is a great club for all abilities and ages and I’d highly recommend it to all runners, serious or recreational.
Joining Christchurch Avon 3 years ago was one of the best sporting decisions I have ever made. I have played a lot of sport over the years and at 57 thought that was my lot until invited to join a club run. When older runners told me how fast they were running I thought they were exaggerating; they were not. I like to compete in sport so this was the Club for me. They say the All Blacks are successful because of the culture. Christchurch Avon has a similar environment and a very good management structure that involves all ages.
The Club has a lot of success with the younger members who are well coached. For an older athlete it is a delight to see the young athletes enjoying themselves so much while competing.
I would recommend Christchurch Avon to anyone with younger children, older athletes that just want to run for fun, compete or just looking for a change of lifestyle. There is strong evidence that running can turn back the biological clock and at Christchurch Avon there are a lot of older runners still competing.