A rower is first eligible to compete in Masters competition in the year that they turn 27. There is no upper age limit to this. Rowers are then put into age based categories from A to K (see below). A being an average age of 27 or older, K being aged 85 or older.
Masters rowers can have a variety of reasons for competing, whether it is for the competition, the camaraderie, or for the pure enjoyment of the sport. There is also no age too high to learn to row, many people find rowing later in life and enjoy the many benefits it brings.
There are a number of Masters events held each year across the country. This includes at some of the major regattas during the summer season. The largest Masters regatta is the New Zealand Masters Rowing Champs. This is held at either Lake Karapiro or Ruataniwha in mid September.
Most clubs offer rowing to Masters rowers - check out our club directory for contact details. Our Affilliate, The Legion of Rowers also hosts and encourages Masters events. You can find them at lor.kiwi
Masters rowing events the following crew age categories apply:
A Minimum age: 27 years,
B Average age: 36 years or more,
C Average age: 43 years or more,
D Average age: 50 years or more,
E Average age: 55 years or more,
F Average age: 60 years or more,
G Average age: 65 years or more,
H Average age: 70 years or more,
I Average age: 75 years or more,
J Average age: 80 years or more,
K Average age: 85 years or more.