|updated: 31 March 2020|
2020 Annual General Meeting March 29, Twizel
The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association was to be held in Twizel on Sunday 29 March 2020.
Due to restrictions on travel and gatherings, put in place as part of NZ's Alert Level 4 response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AGM was unable to be completed
The next AGM is scheduled for 21 March 2021 at Karapiro
2020 Aon Maadi cancelled
On 16 March 2020, the New Zealand Government advised gatherings of 500 or more people should be cancelled. Later that day NZSSSC announced all events on the School Sport NZ national calendar were suspended. Both these announcements affected the 2020 Aon Maadi regatta; meaning it could not go ahead as planned for the week of 30 March to 5 April.
The NZSSRA Board immediately met to review NZSSRA policy and and assess the available options. Those included postponement, reduced event size and hosting of the event in other locations.
After investigating all the options the Board reluctantly established there was no way forward. It was necessary to cancel the 2020 Aon Maadi regatta.
The decision was made for numerous reason. Not the least of which being the health of students and their support teams, officials, and volunteers.
A full statement about the decision is available here.
As responsible users of New Zealand's waterways all member schools need to be aware of the Didymo ("Rock Snot") bio-hazard. Schools should be proactive in their efforts to avoid the spread of this pest*. For more information see the Biosecuity New Zealand website.
"CHECK, CLEAN, DRY"
* Users of Lake Ruataniwha need to be especially vigilent as Didymo is confirmed in the Lake, fortunately SIR has an excellent washing programme in place to help members "check, clean, dry"
Missing History Can you help???
It is an unfortunate and little-known fact that NZSSRA lost the bulk of its records in an arson attack on a Member school in the nineties. So when we were contacted by rowing's Archivist, Evan McCalman, who was looking for Maadi regatta programmes to try and fill some gaps in the record we were unable to assist.
The missing Maadi Cup Regatta programmes, which are needed to complete the Archives set, are: 1970, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982-1989 inclusive, and 1991.
These programmes are needed to establish with certainty when girls events began, to establish who were the winning schools (pre Jubilee and Dawn Cups), and thus the names of the winning crews.
If anybody can assist the effort to complete the archives by donating (or lending for copying and return) a programme from any of the listed Maadi regattas then that would be greatly appreciated. If you have one of these programmes please contact Evan McCalman: 35 Marine Parade, Eastbourne, phone 04-562 7154, or e-mail [email protected].
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Please send an email to [email protected] if you have a school rowing related notice you would like considered for publication.
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