|Aoraki Dragon Boat
Team Managers' information on Clubs within Aoraki, plus the Regional Representative team. See also 'club' based teams.
Aoraki Rep Teams
In 2016, Aoraki Board's Development Director asked the New Zealand Dragon Boat Association (NZDBA) to provide a pathway for paddlers to represent their RSO on a National stage.
At the National Champs on Lake Karapiro in April 2017, NZDBA ran inter-regional Championship races for Standard Boat (20 paddler) 500 metre Open and Womens teams. Aoraki Dragons fielded an Open Team (mostly men) and two Women's Representative teams.
Regional Representative - Paddler selection and training
At the December 2016 Ice Breaker regatta at Lake Rua, Aoraki announced the launch of the Regional Representative Teams.
The eligible divisions for this first year were Open Standard Boat (20s) and Women's Standard Boat (20s) with each region able to enter two teams in each division. These teams race at the NZDBA National Championships in a "Regional Representative Final". This is in the 500m race distance, run straight after the Club Standard Boat races on Friday morning. Thus paddlers are still be able to race at the Nationals with their Club team. Note, there is one "Final" but there are no "qualifying heats".
Winners of the Regional Representative Finals are automatically eligible (and expected) to represent New Zealand at the IDBF World Cup Competition - which, in 2017, is in Kunming, China.
Aoraki Development Director, Caleb te Kahu, worked with key figures including Evan Roper, Russell Stocks and Izak Frunt to develop a program of paddler trials and Development (see below).
This is a combined initiative between NZDBA and the regions which could not happen without the drive and passion of key people in those areas, and is an incredibly proud moment in the history of the Aoraki DBA. We expect to constantly review and improve the Regional Representative division over the first three years alongside the NZDBA with the aim to see New Zealand squads back in the top three World teams at the IDBF World Nations Championships.
We would like to thank the NZDBA for their support in this initiative.
And the 2017 Teams are:
Congratulations to everyone who has made it through they were not easy decisions to make but we hope those that have not made it will use this as motivation to come back next year fitter and stronger and with the ability to represent our region to the fullest.
All-day Trials are as follows. Paddlers wanting to be considered must make these trials a priority.
Trial #3 (Aoraki Open, Sunday 26-Feb)
South Island Champs
Key Team players:
Clubs and Teams in Aoraki
Aoraki are keen to see new teams join the sport, and will do what it takes to help individuals or groups into Dragon Boating.
For example, we can arrange for Aoraki people like Meri Gibson, John Fox, Glen Dickie, Scott Johnson and Rick Smith to visit Christchurch High Schools, talking to assemblies and showing DVDs of our recent regatta.
Our Regular teams
There are a variety of teams in Christchurch catering for different paddlers. Some are in it to compete and win; others love it because it is great for team-building (in a business or school) while others use it as a social opportunity.
Any managers who haven't done so already should email Aoraki Dragons so we can add you to our email list for entry forms, training times and safety instructions/waiver. These need to be completed BEFORE start of training. We also need an e-mail address and an after-hours/mobile number in case of training cancellations.
For a list of some of the current teams, see the team profiles.
Before 2007, dragon boat teams were very familiar with Magazine Bay in Lyttleton for training, and Lake Roto Kohatu for racing. Under Aoraki, things changed.
In 2007, the lake was not available for the dates we wanted in March, so Aoraki chose to stage the final Christchurch regatta for the season on the Avon River, Kerr's Reach.
In fact, the earlier race day (a Regatta on 9-Feb-08, in conjunction with Chinese New Year) was used to "christen" the Kerr's Reach course.
But after the earthquakes Dragon Boating moved away from Kerr's Reach. Aoraki are back at Roto Kohatu, but using the western half - Lake Rua - for training and regatta, and Lake Hood near Ashburton, especially for larger events and regatta. Another favourite venue is Pegasus Lake, 25 minutes north of Christchurch.
Safety training is essential for all crews. Special training can be run for crews to familiarise them with safety and paddle techniques, and the specifics of using the Kerr's Reach and New Brighton river areas.
Up till 2007, Team training on the water started in mid-Nov, but now first training will be immediately after Labour weekend (ie from about Tuesday 27-October-09). Click here for details.
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|Affiliated to NZDBA||updated: 18-Sep-2017 :: (c) Noel Anderton|
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