Cross Country

Dates: The 2017 Cross Country Championships will be held from Friday, 11 August – Monday 14 August.

Venue: Rokeby Police Academy, Hobart, Tasmania

Host: Tasmanian Education Department

Age groups: 10 years, 11 years, 12 years, 13 years, 14/15 years, 16/17 years and 18/19 years

Participating states and territories: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA

Event Program:

Day Date Activity
1 Friday, 11 August Teams Arrive, Course Inspection, Team Photos, Opening Ceremony (3:00 PM) at the event venue, Pre Event meeting (5:00 PM) at the event venuey
2 Saturday, 12 August Individual Races – Rokeby Police Academy (as per schedule below)
3 Sunday, 13 August Excursion Day (Port Arthur), Post Event Meeting (Time and venue to be confirmed), Official’s Dinner (Domain Athletics Centre, 6:30 PM arrival for a 7:00 PM seating)
4 Monday, 14 August Relay Event – Rokeby Police Academy (as per schedule below), Closing Ceremony (at the conclusion of relay events), Teams Depart

Age dispensation: There is currently no age dispensation provided in the SSA Cross Country Championships.

Rules: To view the SSA Cross Country Championships rules, click here.

Policy: To view the School Sport Australia General Policies and Guidelines, please click here.

Individual Event Schedule: To view the schedule for the Championship individual events click here (Updated 9/8/2017 – Start time of 12 Year Girls individual race changed from 11:00 to 11:05).

Relay Event Schedule: To view the schedule for the Championship relay events click here.

Merchandise: Click here to view and pre-order Cross Country merchandise from Sports Centre.

Contact: For all Cross Country Championships enquiries, please contact the School Sport Australia Cross Country National Secretary Trevor Wiseman on (08) 8344 2185 or email

Course maps (click on the images below to expand them):

The individual cross country course on Saturday is held 95% on a grass surface. At the time of writing, the surface is firm, however if rain comes it can turn to be a muddy course.
There is a road crossing, that athletes cross twice. Beyond that road crossing, spikes are appropriate. Carpet may be laid across the road, but be prepared for spikes to go on bitumen if you wear them.
The course is relatively flat, with a hill reaching its highest point at the 1k/2k point.

The road relays course is held on bitumen. The start finish area is on the driver training section of the police academy. Runners in the 1k event will be mainly on a flat course, with a slight incline first, decline on the return. Runners in the 1.5km loop will have a steep decent, followed by running back up the same hill on the way back.