NZSSRA: 2019 Meridian SISSC

2019 Meridian South Island Secondary Schools Champs Logo Lake Ruataniwha, 8-10 March 2019
terms & conditions | programme of events | progression system | entries | results

3-day regatta Friday start

This year's regatta will be starting on Friday.. Friday is not intended to be a full day's racing. Instead it will relieve the scheduling pressure seen in recent years. Having 11-12 hours of racing scheduled for the Saturday was not a long term solution!

The extra day was added after consultation with South Island Member Schools Principals. It is seen as the best option to make the regatta manageable and reduce the pressures caused by high entry numbers. If NISSC is a good indictaion then, over the coming years, entries now have capacity to grow to nearly twice their current levels.

Entry limits & lightweight rowing

The entry limits are the same as for 2018: events other than eights and octuples: 2 crews-per-school-per-event; eights and octuples: no limit.

And, due to NZSSSC sanctioning being withdrawn from lightweight rowing (see announcement here: no entries will be accepted in those events i.e. Lightweight events: 0 crews per school per event

Schools must also be aware the compressed nature of this regatta means there should be no expectation any student who is entered in more than one event will have sufficient time available to compete in all of those events.

Note: entry limits (other than for lightweight events) get raised slowly during supplementary entries

Number of events per student

After its annual review of per-student entry levels, and much discussion about the health and safety of rowers, 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 student this season.

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

The NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria were recently revised with effect last year. An updated article about the NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria is available to help members assess whether or not each of their students is considered new to their school. Schools are limited to 3 "new" students in an eight and 1 "new" student in other boats ("new" students 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 students with an NZSSSC-issued PCRE per crew (1 in singles!).

ENTRIESOpening February

NZSSRA's online regatta entry system will open for entries in February and entries will close a fortnight before the regatta. Member schools will be sent a notice and copy of the regatta Conditions when entries open.

Meanwhile the online regatta entry system is open for roster maintenance. Schools are strongly encouraged to log in for Roster Maintenance and tidy up their roster of students before starting entries, as doing this while making regatta entries considerably slows down the process.

Passwords for online regatta entry are held by Member Schools' Sports Coordinators (schools should contact the Manager regarding misplaced passwords.)

News 2018-12-23

2018 Stats

There were 1110 students from 49 schools entered in 3324 seats in 928 crews. 184 races were required to complete the regatta and find the winners of all 50 events.

Entry Fees

Entry fees (exclusive of GST) for the regatta were set by members at the 2017 AGM: 1X $16, 2X/2- $20, 4X+/4+ $30, 8X+/8+ $44, amenity $22 per student.


While South Island schools are competing on Lake Ruataniwha for recognition as the best the South Island has to offer their North Island counter-parts will do the same thing up at the 2019 Aon North Island Champs on Lake Karapiro. Keep a watch on both regattas for indicators of who may claim the top spot at Maadi!

Regatta Documentation


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

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