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Press Release




  • Olympic pathway sports in the spotlight – athletes still aiming for selection
  • Get schooled up on inverts, table-tops and bar turns with BMX
Coming up next is a huge weekend of sport in New Zealand, with Olympic pathway and emerging sports in the spotlight.  Sky Sport Next will be streaming live and free:
  • BMX: FIRST Elite National Championships, Auckland, Sunday 8th March (with highlights on Sky Sport 9)
  • Baseball: United Airlines Men Club National Baseball Championships, Auckland, Sunday 8th March from 12pm
  • Athletics: New Zealand Track and Field Championships, Christchurch, Friday 6th to Sunday 8th. Athletics is simulcast on Sky Sport 9 from 6pm to 10pm Friday 6th
  • Beach Volleyball: Beach Tour Finals, Mount Maunganui, Sunday 8th March from 10am
  • Touch: National Championships, Rotorua, Friday 6th through Sunday 8th with the finals also covered on Sky Sport 9
  • Skateboarding: Bowlzilla, Wellington, Saturday March 7th from 9.45am
  • Superbikes: NZ Superbike Championship Round 3, Hampton Downs, Saturday March 7th from 9am and Sunday March 8th from 12.30pm 
Sky Sport Next will also be sharing yachting and golf highlights packages from the New Zealand Secondary Schools Keelboats and Golf Super 6s.  Sky Sport News and Crowd Goes Wild will also profile events over the coming days. 
Focus on BMX
The Riders website comes in pretty handy if you want to get to grips with the top 96 BMX moves, many of which will be on display at the BMX FIRST Elite National Championships in Auckland, and live-streamed on Sky Sport Next, Sunday 8 March.  
Moto Whip, Tabletop, Superman and X-Ups are just some of the moves practised by fearless competitors – and while this competition is local, BMX riders will be on the start line in Tokyo at the 2020 Olympics.  BMX has been part of the Summer Games since 2008. 
Sky Sport Next
Sky Sport Next supports grassroots sport and rising talent in New Zealand – showcasing more than 50 sports for free to all New Zealanders.  Many of the sports are receiving the profile they need to grow for the first time and are taking the opportunity to attract both participants and new fans.  
Iain Stewart, Executive Officer for New Zealand Ultimate says, “We’re delighted to be part of the Sky Sport Next programme in partnership with the NZSC.  We've been able to immediately increase the visibility of Ultimate and showcase the skills and dedication our athletes bring to their sport - it's a fantastic platform for growing participation in Ultimate.”
Sky Sport Next works in partnership with the New Zealand Sport Collective, led by former Olympian and America’s Cup sailor, Rob Waddell. More than 50 National Sports Organisations have come together to collaborate in a unique new way to capture their events, share them on a high-profile platform and get more Kiwis involved.  Fans can sign up to the Sky Sport Next YouTube channel to receive instant updates when new content goes live. 
The codes which are so far part of Sky Sport Next include: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe Polo, Racing and Slalom, Cheerleading, Climbing, Condor 7s, Crossfit, Cycling, Curling,  Dragon Boating, Diving, Equestrian, Eightball, Secondary Schools Football, Golf, Golf Croquet, Gymnastics, Hockey, Inline Hickey, Indoor Bowls, Judo, Karate, Lawn Bowls, Orienteering, Skateboarding,  Snowsports, Softball, Squash, Surfing, Surf Lifesaving, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, Underwater Hockey, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Waka Ama and Yachting.