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Maadi Cup 2015

In 2015 the most significant point of discussion is likely to be this statement from the School Committee. 

"After seeking advice from physiologists, leading elite coaches and the NZ Secondary School Sports Council the Schools Committee makes the following health & safety 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.*

To the best of my knowledge this is the first time a two event limit has been strongly advocated by officials. This brings Maadi Cup into line with most other major school regattas in other countries where the limit is one or sometimes two events. It remains to be seen to what extent schools and their coaches follow the health and safety advice on offer, as this would be a radical departure from what has become accepted, but unusual, practice.

Unless school Principals demand adherence to this recommendation, I for one would sadly suggest that the advice of the School Committee will be largely ignored.


AGM discussion regarding over-racing continue.  See item 13  


  1. Other Matter/Business from the Floor 
    MLBG asked if there has been any formal research into that over racing is detrimental. Sonya Walker confirmed that the committee had input from the HPSNZ physiologists and Elite coaches and they all agreed that they shouldn't be entered in any more than the recommendation. Have yet to talk to those coaches, will discuss with principals. HAMB requested whether there was any documentation. Andrew Carr-Smith suggested looking at a FISA documentation Mike Stanley has which looked at the effects on performance.
  2. Date of next AGM 
    27th March 2017
In response to the question regarding over racing being detrimental we could just as easily ask the following. "Is there evidence to suggest that the ability to enter an unrestricted number of events across age groups have a positive impact on junior rowing participants?"
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Nick McMaster,
25 Apr 2015, 16:34