East Coast Bays Club operated in the 1950’s as a Children’s-only club. In 1973 North Shore Club was formed as a Senior-only club. In 1977 their respective presidents (Graeme Avery and Dave Norris) initiated a merger and North Shore Bays Athletics was born. The Club underwent a name change to North Harbour Bays and the athletes compete as Bays Athletics Because the 300m track at Windsor Park was inadequate for its expanding membership, the Club fundraised, built and maintained the $3 million Sovereign Stadium.
With the building of the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health, the Club generously handed over major assets, including the stadium to the Institute, to form part of the Sovereign Sports Super Centre.
The Institute features state of the art sporting facilities:
Eight lane outdoor Rekortan track - Two horizontal jump pits - Two high jump fans - Two shot competition circles - Two pole vault areas - A discus and a hammer compeition circle - Two javelin runways - Full electronic timing facilities - Floodlighting for night training/competition.
Indoor six lane athletics track (60m) with 20m deceleration zone Mondo surface with timing and force measuring capability - Horizontal jumping pit (with force plate capability) - Pole vault dome - High jump fan with force plate capability - Strength and conditioning equipment and video analysis cameras and timing gates
To be the most outstanding Athletics Club in Australasia across the entire spectrum of athletics activities (Track & Field, Road, Cross Country, Children’s Section, Senior Section, Masters Section) for all levels of personal, recreational and performance achievements, working in association with AUT Millennium.
We will provide all the elements necessary to provide a pathway for every member to excel at whatever appropriate level they choose, especially on the National and International stage, in an environment that has:
Excellent unified administration and management
World-class coaching, facilities and equipment
A range of innovative and exciting programmes
Best possible appropriate competition opportunities
In a club that is financially self-sustaining
With a friendly and supportive social structure
At an appropriate cost for the value of the product and services
Integrity and Ethics
We conduct our day to day affairs in a professional and honest manner in respect to our members, governing bodies, officials and other competitors and the community.
Our goal is to do the very best that we can, to compete and maximise our potential as an organisation and as individuals. The pursuit of excellence, in an honest and open way.
Respect for People
We maintain an environment built on mutual respect, openness, and individual integrity. Respect for people includes our concern for all people who touch or are touched by our organisation: members, family of members, employees, partners, and communities.
Respect for Property and Rules of the Sport
To respect all property including Club property, AUT Millennium and any other facility and equipment used in our sport and to respect the rules and practices that relate to facilities, property and equipment
To have Fun
In all events we participate and contribute to be positive and have fun.
Foster Drug Free Sport
To uphold the Mission of Drug Free Sport in New Zealand. “To provide a sporting environment free of banned doping methods for our Club and our athletes".
As New Zealand’s premier athletics club, show and demonstrate pride in the Club. Continue to support and build onto the legacy of those members before, who worked hard to build the reputation of North Harbour Bays Athletics. To act in a way, so as not to undermine this reputation,
Foster an environment in which new ideas and ways of doing things flourish and develop.
Our People / Club Honours
Gaby Avery, Graeme Avery, Doug Hills, Kevin Hoare, Alma Lorimer, Keith Lorimer, Stan Meek, Eric Mullinger, Dave Norris, Lee Norris, Joanne Roscoe, Jonathan Wood, John Leydon, Paul Hamblyn, Russ Hoggard, Tony Deleiros
Key Office Holders
1978 - 2011 Graham Avery
2012 - 2018 Dave Norris
2019 - John Leydon
1978 - 1987 Dave Norris
1988 - 1990 Kevin Hoare
1991 - 2000 Dave Norris
2001 - 2002 John Leydon
2003 - 2011 Dave Norris
2012 - 2018 John Leydon
2019 - Tony Catchpole
2005 - 2012 John Leydon
2012 - 2014 Pete Smalberger
2014 - 2015 Chris Pilone
2015 - 2017 Dave Norris
2017 - 2019 Chris Pilone
2019 - Tony Catchpole
North Harbour Bays Athletics Inc, 17 Antares Place, PO Box 302 105, North Harbour 0751, Auckland