The School Rowing Championships will be held at Lake Ruataniwhia with racing starting on Tuesday 28th March, Repacharges on 29th, Semifinals on 30th and finals on Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April.
If you are planning to send a team to Ruataniwhia then accommodation bookings should have been made by now. I have advice from Twizel that accommodation is very tight already.
By the time you receive this new letter you should have received the first news letter from South Island Rowing Inc who are organising the 2000 regatta.
It is with much pleasure I advise that Mighty River Power have undertaken to take over from ECNZ and will be the principal sponsor of the 2000 regatta which will be formally known as the
For the note books, the 2001 regatta will be held at Karapiro on Tuesday 27th March through to Saturday 31st March. Like the two previous regattas at Karapiro the volume of entries and a 6 lane course will probably mean racing in heats will start on the Monday afternoon.
1999 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
It is perhaps unfortunate that at the 1999 AGM, despite over 60 schools nominating delegates to attend, we did not end up with a quorum at the AGM. The reappointment of the President and Secretary/Treasurer (who stood unopposed), Annual Accounts will have to be ratified at the 2000 AGM. Hopefully the delegates appointed by the principals to attend the 2000 meeting to represent the schools interests will all attend??.
2000 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is given that the annual general meeting of the Association will be held at Ruataniwhia on Thursday 30th March. The business will be
Those who attended the meeting in 1999 raised a number of matters. The continuation of Lightweight events in the regatta program was one issue.
The principal area of concern is that pupils who are not natural lightweight are being entered in these events. The weight limits are:
Although the event is an Under 19 event it is noted that many of the rowers fall into the U17 and U16 age groups. If U17 and 16 rowers cannot meet the U19 weight limit then the continuation of the event must be questioned. The concern is that pupils are being encouraged to develop unhealthy eating habits in an effort to loose weight to enter these events. It is well known and documented that such practices and pressures can lead to eating disorders that can develop into grave medical problems.
We cannot eliminate these events until a majority of members vote to do so. The last vote on the matter was lost by one vote.
As the events are on the program we strongly recommend that the school has in place proper checks to ensure only natural light weights are entered into the event and that the school acts to stop pupils who are not natural lights entering. The legal responsibility for consequences for not adopting such a policy rests with the school.
FORMS - SCHOOL DECLARATION
The School Championships are an age based regatta for full time pupils attending school. One of the forms sent with the entries asks the Principals to sign is a declaration stating the rowers representing their school are of the age stated on the form and are attending as full time students. The form should be signed off by the principal under the last name listed.
All rowers who pay any sort or subscription to a registered rowing Club, be it school or otherwise, and all rowers who race in Club regattas must be registered with the NZRA. (This is a condition of their constitution but is not always enforced by the NZRA Local Associations.) The file of registered rowers is used at the Schools Championships and other major regattas to enable crew entries to be entered into the Regatta Control Program.
This program is used to manage the regatta and to enable crew based results and programs to be produced. Certain checks are also made when the crew registration numbers are entered such as that the rower is of the correct age.
To enable this program to be used at our Championships it is essential that all rowers for your school are correctly registered by the times required by the NZRA. If you have rowers who do not pay any Club subscription and who have never rowed at a Club regatta then the NZRA Registration form should be completed and be sent to the NZRA accompanied by a declaration from the Club the school is associated with as well as the Local NZRA Rowing Association stating that the rowers are not Club members and have not rowed in a Club regatta.. These rowers will be allocated interim numbers so they can enter the School Championships.
Some schools take the opportunity to review their rowing singlet colours at this time.
The subscription invoice for membership to the NZSSRA is attached. This subscription remains unchanged at $80.00 with a $40.00 discount if paid before 1st December.