Much like their rising young star Eliza McCartney, Athletics New Zealand is looking to make a significant leap as 2016 draws to a close.

For McCartney, the 19-year-old feelgood story of New Zealand’s Rio Olympics campaign, the big jump came when she soared from international rookie to Games bronze medallist with a sensational effort in the pole vault on the penultimate day of track and field.

For Athletics NZ, the hope is they can make an equally significant bound from tier-two Olympic sport in the eyes of the national funding body back to the top echelon where they feel they belong.


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