The Performance Pathway

Year 10 & 11 Blues Programme

The purpose of the Year 10 & 11 Blues Programme is to encourage as many U15 and U16 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.

Light Blues Programme

The Light Blues Programme (Year 12 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, as well as insight and tools on how to navigate life as a high performance athlete.

This programme will operate like a “rep-team”, so we are looking for athletes who are looking to progress their development and have future aspirations of making Auckland regional or New Zealand representative teams.

Another purpose of this programme is to select an Under-20 Interprovincial Squad to represent the Auckland region at the Interprovincial Championships in late September 2023.

Open Blues Programme

The Open Blues programme is for both Pathway athletes and aspiring pathway athletes (year 13 and over) 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.

The Open Blues programme will train weekly between late-May and late-August which will incorporate; on-water sessions, strength and conditioning sessions, and competing at the RNZ Winter Series Regattas, giving athletes the opportunity to build upon rowing fundamentals, learn new high-level skills and race against current NZ age-group athletes.

Athletes will have the opportunity to train out of their local club with ARA appointed coaches.

Another purpose of this programme is to lead into the ARA / RNZ Interprovincial Campaign – further details to be advised shortly.

Auckland Interprovincial Team 2023

Following on from the success of 2022, the ARA will be sending an Auckland Regional Team to represent the region at the Interprovincial Championships in Twizel on 23rd September 2023!

The ARA will be sending an Open Squad of 8 women and 8 men + coxswains, which will consist of a minimum of 4 Under-20 women and 4 Under-20 men as per the race conditions. We will also send a Light Blues (year 12) squad in a development capacity.