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2018 Aon Maadi Cup

  • 23 Jan 2017

The Aon Maadi Cup regatta is the National Championships for school rowing in New Zealand. Run by the NZSSRA and Rowing New Zealand and it is New Zealand's largest rowing regatta.

The 2018 Aon Maadi Cup will be held at Lake Ruataniwha from 19th March until 24th March (with the 25th March as the spare day).

The week long programme is scheduled as follows:

  • Sunday 18th - Parade in Twizel (time tbc), Safety Meeting 4pm & NZSSRA AGM 5pm, Twizel Events Centre
  • Monday 19th - Heats begin
  • Tuesday 20th - Heats conclude and all Repechages begin
  • Wednesday 21st - Repechages end, quarter-finals, E&F Finals
  • Thursday 22nd - Semi-finals, C&D Finals
  • Friday 23rd - A&B Finals (events 1-26)
  • Saturday 24th - A&B Finals (events 27-52)
  • Sunday 25th - spare day (until 12pm)

Over 2000 competitors from 120 schools are expected and around 10,000 people watch the finals from the bank.

Information for Schools Attending

We are delighted to have your school attend the 2018 Aon Maadi Cup at Lake Ruataniwha!

Tent Sites - Check back in closer to the time for more information regarding sites

Boat Park - The boat park will open a few days prior to the event. It will be closed on Monday,19th March 2018 and will not be opened until the following Saturday after the last race. Vehicle access during the regatta is not available. Only boat trailers used for storage will be permitted to be left in the boat park but there is ample parking adjacent to the Boat Park for transport vehicles . Boat park access is restricted to officials, coaches and athletes.

Training on the Lake - Training is permitted only when supervised by Ruataniwha Rowing and at times advised by Regatta Control, which are subject to review in the event of adverse conditions or change of programme. There will be pre-regatta training supervised by Ruataniwa Rowing prior to the event starting, the times of the practice sessions will be advised closer to the time.

Training hours during race days at the regatta will be notified daily but they will be as extensive as possible. Crews will need to be signed out in a logbook and have an alpha numeric number allocated to them before taking to the water. Training is not permitted unless the GREEN FLAG is flying. Training during the regatta will be explained at the Safety Briefing.

Declarations - Remember to have all your schools paperwork signed by the Principal and emailed, your school cannot compete without these declaration forms being submitted.

Entry Limits - Entry limits will be applied to this regatta and will be advised to all schools during the early part of the 2017/18 season to allow for crew preparations.

Lightweight Events Not Sanctioned - The New Zealand Secondary Sports Council have declared that they will not be sanctioning the lightweight events at any of the secondary school sports events they govern. For rowing that is the New Zealand, North and South Island Secondary School Rowing Championships. See release of this decision here - http://www.nzsssc.org.nz/newsarticle/47799 Therefore there will be no lightweight events held at the 2018 Aon Maadi Cup.

Entry Recommendation - Reminder to all schools it is recommended that school rowers only be entered in 2 or 3 events maximum at the Aon Maadi Cup, with the amount of racing (heats, reps, quarters, semis, finals) over a one week period this is considered the acceptable entry level for school students.

Trophies - if you were a winner of a trophy last year please remember to bring this and drop it at the office on your arrival.

Parade - An Opening Parade will take place on Sunday 18th March in the Twizel town, those wanting to take part are to meet at the Twizel Fire Station (time to be advised). The Parade will travel along the road and finish on the park near the school.

Competitions - Rowing NZ are running the following competitions thanks to the support of the events sponsor Aon - Best School Banner, Best Team T-shirt, Best School Mascot! Details are on the competition tab here.

Smoke, Alcohol and Drug Free - reminder to all schools the 2018 Aon Maadi Cup is Smoke, Alcohol and Drug Free for all competitors.

After Party Concerns - After complaints received and concerns about young people and issues with alcohol NZSSRA and Rowing NZ do not endorse or support any form of 'after party' for rowers at the Maadi Cup.


Can't attend the event? Don't worry, there will be a live webcast on the Thursday/Friday/Saturday so don't miss any of the action! Check back in for the links closer to the time.


SKYSport will be broadcasting a 2018 Aon Maadi Cup Highlights package during the week following the regatta. Times will be announced closer to the time.