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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 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.

Our high performance pathway purpose is to guide and support our people to achieve repeatable and sustainable medal winning performances on the world stage, which inspire New Zealand. In order to achieve this we must review, change and adapt in order to reach for greatness. Rowing NZ is evolving it’s High-Performance Athlete Pathway based on evidence gathered through an extensive review and is excited to deliver on what the rowing community have informed us was important. We are currently undergoing consultation with the Associations and Rowing Performance Centre entities to finalise the pathway.

The reshaped high performance athlete development pathway seeks to:

  • Reshape the way we think about development using an evidence-based approach.
  • Create a high-performance system with multiple entry and re-entry points.
  • Put the athlete at the core of what is delivered.
  • Offer a versatile support structure, that moves with the athlete - resourcing people, rather than places.
  • Provide athletes with education and knowledge to drive their own development.

The latest information is shared on the Rowing NZ website and links to relevant articles can be found below.


A full list of current National Pathway athletes can be found in the below attachment named 'National Pathway Athlete List‘ (please scroll to the bottom of the page) . This will be update throughout the year.

If you would like to make changes to your club/university, please contact michelemunro@rowingnz.kiwi


On 7 December 2020 it was confirmed that due to COVID-19, Rowing NZ did not intend to send athletes to compete at international regattas throughout 2021, excluding the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta and the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Rowing NZ has still selected age group squads irrespective of international travel throughout 2021. Given the restrictions currently in place surrounding international travel, Rowing NZ has worked on a number of scenarios to ensure that athletes have a valuable campaign experience even if they are unable to travel overseas.

North Island and South Island U18 Teams

Rowing NZ Trans-Tasman University Team

Rowing NZ U19 Team

Rowing NZ U21 Team

Rowing NZ World University Squad

Rowing NZ U23 and Winter Training Squad

Paris 2024 Lightweight Project Squad

For further information around development opportunities and the National Pathway, please contact the representative for your region.

Fiona Bourke: Auckland, Otago, fionab@rowingnz.kiwi

Nick Barton: Waikato, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, nick@rowingnz.kiwi

Mark Stallard: Wellington, Whanganui, Marlborough, markstallard@rowingnz.kiwi

Jared Cummings: Canterbury, Southland, jared@rowingnz.kiwi