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2019 Aon Maadi Cup

  • 25 Mar 2019

The Aon Maadi Cup regatta is the National Championships for school rowing in New Zealand. The regatta is a NZSSRA and Rowing New Zealand event and it is New Zealand's largest rowing regatta. It is hosted by Karapiro Rowing Inc and South Island Rowing on alternative years.

The 2019 Aon Maadi Cup will be held at Lake Karapiro from 25th - 30th March (with the 31st March as the spare day).

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

The week long programme is scheduled as follows;

  • Sunday 24th - Parade, Safety Meeting & NZSSRA AGM
  • Monday 25th - Heats begin
  • Tuesday 26th - Heats conclude and all repechages begin
  • Wednesday 27th - Repechages end, quarter-finals, E&F Finals
  • Thursday 28th - Semi-finals, C&D Finals
  • Friday 29th - A&B Finals (events 1-26)
  • Saturday 30th - A&B Finals (events 27-52)
  • Sunday 31st - spare day (until 12pm).

Information for schools attending:

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 25th March 2019 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 Karapiro Rowing Inc. 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 Karapiro Rowing Inc. 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 2018/19 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. Therefore there will be no lightweight events held at the 2019 Aon Maadi Cup. See release of this decision here - http://www.nzsssc.org.nz/newsarticle/47799

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 24th March in Cambridge town, those wanting to take part are to meet at the Cambridge Primary School (time to be advised). The Parade will travel along Victoria Street and finish in the square.

Smoke, alcohol and drug free - reminder to all schools the 2019 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 Aon Maadi Cup.