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The High Performance programme of Rowing NZ is the entity that is focused solely on the identification, selection, training and delivering of athletes to international competition. The core international competitions that are of immense importance to the High Performance programme are Olympic Games and Senior World Championships. Rowing NZ also selects developing athletes to compete in the U23 World Rowing Championships and the Junior World Rowing Championships each year and may also select athletes to compete in competitions that are held predominantly in Australia, Europe and North America (which may or may not be age dependent).

The Core Purpose of the Rowing New Zealand High Performance Programme

The core purpose of Rowing NZ's High Performance entity is the delivery of distinguished performances at World Championships and Olympic Games. This has been defined as a performance that delivers at least an A Finals berth (top 6) with a strong chance of winning medals.