High Performance Overview
Each year Rowing New Zealand selects teams to represent New Zealand at international rowing competitions. The core international competitions that are of immense importance to the Rowing New Zealand High Performance programme are the Olympic Games (held every 4 years - with the next Games in Tokyo in 2020) and Senior World Championships (held each year). The Rowing World Cup series comprises three regattas held each year and overall winners are determined by points that are awarded to the top finishing boats at each event. The elite team from time to time attend events such as the Henley Royal Regatta.
Rowing New Zealand also selects developing athletes to compete in the U23 World Rowing Championships, U21 Trans Tasman competition and the Junior World Rowing Championships each year. Every four years (January after the Olympic Games) the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) is held in Sydney Australia and Rowing New Zealand selects developing athletes (U20) to compete in that event.
New Zealand university students have also represented New Zealand at the World University Rowing Championships which are held every two years, and rowers have also raced at the Universiade (Summer University Games).