The Performance Pathway

U16/U17 Blues

The U16/U17 Blues program (formerly Baby Blues) is the first step on the Auckland Rowing development pathway, with the purpose being to facilitate a fun, engaging and stimulating environment for young rowers. The program is aimed at second and third year U16/U17 rowers from all over Auckland, to teach them more about the sport and further develop their rowing skills. The camps are also an awesome development opportunity for young coaches looking to expand their expertise as well. 

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Light Blues

Light Blues is a development program for aspiring young rowers and coxswains in the Auckland region. The program is for athletes in year 12, heading into their final season of school rowing (U18). Through a series of weekend training camps, athletes will have the opportunity to form relationships with rowers from other schools, learn in new training environments at various rowing clubs around Auckland, and enhance their skills with great coaching from around the region.

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Dark Blues

Dark Blues is a series of winter development camps for school leavers/club rowers in Auckland wanting to take the next step in their rowing career and make it onto the National Pathway. This is a Rowing NZ supported winter initiative to develop athletes who show potential to be successful in National Pathway selection. Athletes can nominate themselves and are then selected by the National Pathway Coach and ARA board members based on their potential to succeed and reach the required standards for future national age group rep teams.

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Rowing New Zealand National Pathway

Rowing NZ has reshaped the high performance athlete development pathway to ensure that athletes have the best possible support throughout their rowing career. The National Pathway is the first step on the high performance pathway and will support identified athletes across the country before they reach standards required to gain selection into the RNZ high performance system. Selection into the National Pathway is based on erg and on-water testing through involvement in winter regional programs. There are two erg test weeks throughout winter, followed by the National Development Regatta held at Lake Karapiro at the end of August.