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Karapiro Rowing Board
Sonya Walker (NZSSRA)

Steve Brine (Chief Umpire)
John Hatwell (Chief Judge)
Brian Parr (Chief Starter)
Andrew Carr-Smith (NZSSRA)
Don Craig (Regatta Committee)

Martin Hyde (Umpire)
Tony Allen (Judge)
Terry Tidbury (Starter)

Maadi 2014

MAADI 2015



  22 DAYS TO GO  

Maadi 2014 Notices O.R.E.  


The other Championships


2015 Aon Maadi23 - 29 March 2015, Lake Karapiro

Entries & fees

Online regatta entry is OPEN.

The entry system will close at 10:00PM, Monday 9 March. It is the Monday after the Aon North Island Championships and the Meridian South Island Championships have been completed. This gives schools a little bit of time to tweak their Maadi entries based on those results.

Passwords for online regatta entry are held by Member schools' Sports Coordinators and are the same as used for the North/South Island Champs (schools should contact the Manager regarding misplaced passwords.)

Online Regatta Entry is a 4-step process:

  1. Select a squad of athletes from the school's roster (remember to include reserves!)
  2. Select crews using the squad members
  3. Provide the information required for the regatta declaration forms
  4. Submit the entries*

* When entries are submitted an email confirmation is generated and sent to the Sports Coordinator. The email has attached .pdfs containing an entry summary and the declaration forms. THE DECLARATIONS MUST BE SIGNED BY THE PRINCIPAL then scanned and emailed to the regatta hosts.

Please don't hesitate to make use of your club contacts to get your entries completed but make sure you receive the declarations and get those properly checked, completed and returned to the hosts.


Incomplete entries?

If your school is showing as having incomplete entries then there are crews that have been selected but not yet entered in the regatta. To remedy this:

  1. Log in (here).
  2. Make sure each form on the "other forms" page is complete.
  3. Go to the "submit entries" page*.
  4. Tick the box to agree to the Regatta's Terms & Conditions.
  5. Click the "submit my entries" button*.

When you do this an email confirmation of your entries, together with an entry summary and the declaration forms required for the regatta, will be sent to your school's Sports Coordinator and the email address given on the first of the "other forms".

* If you have already submitted your entries but later made changes to those entries which need re-submitting then you will also show on the incomplete list and the link and submission button (see 3 & 5 above) will say "update entries". (If the link is not active you need to also check your "other forms").


Entry fees (exclusive of GST) for the regatta were set by members at the 2014 AGM: 1X $26, 2X/2- $37, 4X+/4+ $49, 8+ $65, amenity $23.50 per pupil.

Non-progression penalty: to try and combat the number of crews that are entered but withdrawn from racing the non-progression penalty has been increased to $100. This penalty applies to any crew that races a heat and is subsequently scratched (if the scratching is late the crew can also incur an additional late scratching penalty of $40). Schools are strongly encouraged to not enter any crew they plan on scratching.

Non-financial members

Any non-financial members cannot enter NZSSRA Championships and should contact the Schools Committee urgently if they are hoping to enter Maadi or one of the earlier Championship regattas.

Number of events per pupil

After a review of the per pupil entries at last Season's school regattas and much discussion about the health and safety of each rower, the Schools Committee makes the following recommendation:

School age rowers should only be racing 2 events at a Championships regatta. A few rowers could be considered for 3 events; none should be doing more.

In reaching the reccommendation advice was sort from physiologists, leading elite coaches and the NZ Secondary School Sports Council. The Schools Committee will continue to monitor the entry per pupil this season.

Entry limit new limits for 2015

Last year saw the introduction of serious limits for a handful of events but entry volumes continued to increase. So this year the Schools Committee has approved the following limits*:

  • Doubles: 1 crew per event per school
  • Singles: 2 crews per event per school
  • All other events: 4 crews per event per school

Notwithstanding the limits there is still a possibility the number of entries will exceed the capacity of the progression system: 64 crews.

If it turns out 65+ entries are received, despite the limits in place, then the usual process is to lower the limit for the affected event. Or, if that's not possible, to implement an emergency progression*.

* Emergency progressions include the Option 2 progression for over-subscribed regattas (viable for 65-72 entries) and time trialling

* note: when supplementary entries open the limits will be gradually raised

NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria pupils "new" to a school

The NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria were revised with effect from 2012 and then tweaked for rowing at NZSSRA's 2013 AGM. An updated article about the NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria is available to help members assess whether or not each of their pupils is considered new to their school. Schools are limited to 3 "new" pupils in an eight and 1 "new" pupil in other boats ("new" pupils are those who've swapped schools or come from overseas and looks back over the past 2 years).

2014 Aon Maadi Cup Regatta Star TrophyLake Ruataniwha, 22 - 30 March 2014

New Zealand's premier rowing school: Hamilton Boys High School, winners of the Star Trophy! [Points table] Other major trophy winners were:

  • Executive Trophy: Hamilton Boys High School
    (Sweep Oar Champs) [Points table]
  • Presidents Scull: St Peters School
    (Sculling Champs) [Points table]
  • Maadi Cup: Hamilton Boys High School [5:55.84]
    (B U18 8+) [results ]
  • Levin 75th Jubilee Cup: Waikato Diocesan School [6:51.43]
    (G U18 8+) [results ]
  • Simon Briggs Cup: Natalie Bocock, St Margarets College
    (Coxswain of the regatta)
  • Bill Eady Cup: Dan Kelly from Roncalli College and Timaru Girls High School
    (RowingNZ's Junior coach of the year: domestic & international competition)

How the weeks unfolds Monday, 23 - Sunday, 29 March 2015

If all goes well and the weather co-operates then the week's racing will roughly unfold as follows:

  • Monday: heats begin
  • Tuesday: heats conclude and all repechages begin
  • Wednesday: repechages conclude, quarter-finals, E & F Finals
  • Thursday: Semi-finals, C & D Finals [webcast]
  • Friday: A & B Finals (events 1-26) [webcast]
  • Saturday: A & B Finals (events 27-52) [webcast]
  • Sunday: spare day, until noon

Until entries are in we won't know what event number the heats split at or which events will end up with quarter-finals and/or semi-finals or how many finals each event will have. Also, as 2010 showed dramatically, the best laid plans can quickly go out the window if we get bad weather (or bad weather is forecast for later in the week).


There will be a number of competitions at the 2015 Aon Maadi Cup, so get your squads to come up with an entry for your school and get into the festivities.

  • Team Banner: the school with the best banner displayed during the parade
  • Team T-Shirt: the best school team t-shirt
  • School Mascot: the best mascot supporting their school racing at the lake
  • Instagram Photo: the best Instagram photo from your time at Maadi

More specific information will be sent to schools via email flyers

Notices & Updates

  • Tent sites
    Tent sites are ordered during the online entry process and are allocated by ballot after close of entries.
    The NZSSRA AGM also be held in the Don Rowlands Centre at Karapiro. It will follow the Maadi Safety Briefing so be held on Sunday 23 March. We would love to hear your thoughts on school rowing at this meeting.
  • Progression system
    The current progression system was brought in in 2013 and introduces quarter-finals, C - F finals, has fewer eliminations from heats, and more...
  • Stats from 2014:
    2108 pupils (excluding reserves) from 125 schools entered in 5583 seats in 1641 crews. 595 races were required to complete the regatta and find the winners of all 50 events.
  • Weather
    Victoria University provides an excellent weather forecast service.
    The Norwegian Meteorological Institute also provides great local weather forecasts.
  • Finals Webcast
    There will be a live webcast of the three last days of the regatta (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). This covers semi-finals, and A-D finals.

Media coverage 23 - 28 March 2015


Sponsors, Supporting Partners & Patrons


This New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association regatta is sanctioned by the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council and by the New Zealand Rowing Association.


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