The Performance Pathway
Year 10 & 11 Blues Programme
The purpose of the Year 10 & 11 Blues Programme is to encourage as many U16 and U17 Auckland based rowers and coxswains to experience rowing outside of their own school or club and learn new skills and form new friendships in a fun, engaging and social environment.
The camps are designed to introduce new skills and learnings that can be utilised over the next school season. Those involved will also have the opportunity to row in boat classes that they may not have tried before in a fun and enjoyable setting.
The camps also offer; coxswain development, coach development, an ARA t-shirt and guest speakers from current and former elite/Olympic rowers who will share their experiences and insight.
Year 12 Blues Programme
The Year 12 Blues Programme (formally Light Blues) is a development programme for rowers and coxswains in Year 12 of school in the Auckland region. Those involved in the programme will attend three development camps hosted at rowing clubs around Auckland, where they will be able to build upon their skills, take away new learnings and meet and form friendships with rowers from other schools.
This programme will also provide; introductory strength and conditioning sessions where those involved will learn basic fundamental skills that will be useful as they progress in their rowing journey, coxswain development, coach development and guest speakers from current and former elite/Olympic rowers who will share their experiences and insight.
Another purpose of this programme is to select an Under-20 Interprovincial Squad to represent the Auckland region.
Open Blues Programme
The Open Blues programme is for both Pathway athletes and aspiring pathway athletes (formally known as the Dark Blues Year 13+) who are looking to further their development in a competitive environment or looking to progress their rowing career and gain selection onto the National Pathway and NZ representative squads. This programme is also for those who are not necessarily looking to progress into NZ squads but still want a competitive, challenging and fun experience.
The Open Blues programme will train weekly between May and August which will incorporate; on-water sessions, strength and conditioning sessions, and camps in June and August, giving athletes the opportunity to build upon rowing fundamentals and learn new high-level skills.