2017 Aon Maadi Cup Notices - Sitemap -
- Where: Lake Karapiro [map], Waikato, New Zealand.
- When: Friday 10 to Sunday 12 March 2017 (3 full days of racing)
- What: North Island schools competing for supremacy in 52 events and preparing to challenge the South Islanders at Maadi.
- Communication with the organisers of the 2017 North Island Secondary School Champs can be made using email to: [email protected]
The North Island Championships are finished for another year. Conditions weren't ideal but that didn't prevent some great racing.
St Peters School and Hamilton Boys High School were joint winners of Derbyshire Shield for Champion School of the regatta. It could not have been a closer contest. Hamilton Boys High School was only denied the outright win when Westlake Boys High School took first place in the B U18 8+ A final by 0.32s in the last race of the day.
The standard of competition was very high and the 12 pennant events (those with unrestricted entry i.e. U18 non-novice, non-lightweight) were shared between 7 different schools. The boys pennant events were shared between 3 schools. WTLB won 2 sweep oar events, WHAK wone 2 sculling events and KGCA won the 1 of each style. DIOC won 2 of the three girls sweep oar pennant events WNCS won the third. STPC won 2 of the three sculling pennant events and TRGG won the third.
Westlake Boys High School won the Boys Under-18 Eights and Diocesan School for Girls won the Girls Under-18 Eights.
Schools will now be looking forward to a chance to compete against their North Island counterparts at the 2017 Aon Maadi Cup.
1808 pupils from 95 schools entered in 4934 seats in 1383 crews. 295 races were required to complete the regatta and find the winners of all 52 events.
Tent sites are ordered during the online entry process and are allocated by ballot after close of entries.
While North Island schools are competing on Lake Karapiro for recognition as the best the North Island has to offer their South Island counter-parts will be do the same thing up at the 2016 Meridian South Island Champs on Lake Ruataniwha. Keep a watch on both regattas for indicators of who may claim the top spot at Maadi!
Number of events per pupil
After a review of the per pupil entries for the last few Seasons' school regattas and much discussion about the health and safety of each rower, the Schools Committee continues to make 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 recommendation advice was sought 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.
NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria pupils "new" to a school
The NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria were recently revised with effect this year. 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). There is now also a limit of 2 pupils with an NZSSSC-issed PCRE per crew (1 in singles!).
Lightweightschanges and reminders
Following the SGM in November lightweight rowing has been restricted to older pupils. The lightweight events are now "Over-15" events. This means they are no longer open to pupils who are Under-16 (Over-15 = 16 = Under-17).
We also take this opportunity to remind Members who enter lightweight rowers in both lightweight events that NZSSRA Rules require crews to weigh in before EACH event (Rule 12). Pupils cannot weigh-in once for both events. This is different from coxswains but coxswains can be check-weighed at any time whereas lightweights cannot.
As we have been repeatedly assured all lightweights at our regattas are genuine lightweights and naturally below the weight limits the Rule requirements should present no challenges with respect to making weight. An athlete who has to avoid re-hydrating and eating between events in order to make weight for both events should not be racing lightweight.
Entry fees (exclusive of GST) for the regatta were set by members at the 2016 AGM and are again unchanged from last year: 1X $14, 2X/2- $20, 4X+/4+ $25, 8X+/8+ $32, amenity $19.00 per pupil.
The entry limits are the same as for 2016: Doubles: 1 crew per event per school; Singles, Pairs, Fours, and Quads: 2 crews per event per school; Eights and Octuples: no limit
Schools must also be aware the compressed nature of this regatta means there should be no expectation any pupil who is entered in more than one event will have sufficient time available to compete in all of those events. There is only enough time to be able to hold semi-finals for the most heavily entered events and this brings together events that might usually be spread well apart during heats and finals.
Note: entry limits get rasied slowly during supplementary entries
1839 pupils from 94 schools entered in 4796 seats in 1366 crews. 305 races were required to complete the regatta and find the winners of all 52 events.