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Annual General Meeting March 18, Twizel

The Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association will be held in Twizel on Sunday 18 March 2018. It will take place in the Twizel Events Centre after the Maadi Safety Briefing is completed. The Agenda for the 2018 AGM can be viewed online. Draft minutes will be published when available.

Novice quadruple sculls Exhibition events

The Schools Committee has approved the inclusion of Novice quadruple sculls events at this year's Championships regattas. They will be used to fill the large gap where the lightweight doubles would have raced. They appear as events 35E and 36E and can be entered during supplementary entry for NISSC or SISSC and during regatta entry for Maadi.

Memorial Notice Murray Campbell

NZSSRA wishes to record the passing of Murray Campbell. Murray had a long association with school rowing through Karapiro Rowing. He was Regatta Controller for many NISSC and Maadi regattas. In that role Murray was instrumental in the adoption of online regatta entry and results; helping to usher rowing into the 21st Century.

NZRA news Membership change

On Saturday 20 May 2017 the Members of NZRA resolved to change NZSSRA's status within NZRA from Affiliate Member to Local Association.

This change in status marks the successful completion of a long-standing project for closer integration between NZSSRA and NZRA. It began in 2010 with the creation and adoption of the School Rowing Integration Project Plan.

NZSSSC news Lightweight event de-sanctioning

At its April Board Meeting NZSSSC resolved it "will not provide a sanction for lightweight rowing events within the NISS, SISS and Maadi Cup Rowing Championship regattas".

The full effect of losing sanctioning for those events is not yet known. However, in the absence of a Special General Meeting, they will remain officially part of the programme of events until 2023 (because removing them requires a Rule-change and then a Programme-review). But if they are no longer viable events then setting an entry limit of zero crews-per-school-per-event would mean lightweight rowing ceases to be contested earlier than that.

Annual General Meeting Sunday 26 March, Lake Karapiro

The Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association was held at lake Karapiro on Sunday 26 March 2017 in the Don Rowlands Centre. The DRAFT Minutes for the 2017 AGM are now available online.

Some items of note arising from the AGM include:

  • South Island Secondary School Championships might start on a Friday afternoon in 2019.
  • Undergarment colour restrictions have been relaxed. The colour no longer needs to match the school's colours (but all rowers still need to wear the same colour).
  • To prevent draw manipulation through pre-heats crew changes the Race Committee can now re-draw an event.
  • The start procedure was updated to allow Roll Call and Quick Start starts.
  • NZSSRA changed from classification according to sex to classification according to gender and adopted the NZRA Transgender and Transsexual Policy.
  • U14 rowers were not excluded from sweep oar rowing
  • Coxswains now have just one weight limit (55kg), check-weighing now only re-weighs deadweight (not cox + deadweight), and penalties for weighing infractions are now specified in the Rules.
  • U15 was not merged with Novice.
  • Entry form requirements have been updated.
  • Per-pupil entry limits remain unavailable as a tool for Championships hosts to manage increasing entries.

The Regulations, Rules, and Safety System have now all been updated online.

Bio-security ALERT

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.


* 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.