|Aoraki Dragon Boat
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"Aoraki Dragons" is a collective of the various adult, youth and school teams in the South Island of NZ that ensures we have the resources, equipment and infrastructure to train and race in Dragon Boats.
What is Dragon Boating? Take a look at this great clip of our recent Corporate Open Day - Thanks Jimmy Ryan, love your work! [Play it Loud]
Sound like fun? You bet! Email us to join a team - there is still time to get on board.
Regional Rep Squads announced.
South Island Champs on Saturday 25th March 2017, at Lake Hood
We've now completed the 2017 season of dragon boating in the South Island with a bang. Although the weather was cold, the paddling was intense and the camaraderie warm. Thank you all for helping to make yesterday's South Island Champs regatta run so smoothly and make it such an enjoyable event for everyone.
A summary of winners of the cups and trophies:
Congratulations to all the deserving winners!
For a number of us, the next stop is the climax of the season - the National Championships regatta at Lake Karapiro in two weeks' time. We'll see many of you there but, for those of you not heading north, thank you for your participation, commitment and sportsmanship this year and we've looking forward to seeing you all back on the water in October (if not before!).
Congratulations to Tu Meke and Ridge Riders for winning the Open A Finals of the 250 metres and 500 metres (respectively) at the Aoraki Open on Sunday 5-March-17. In the Women's Division, Otautahi won both distances. In the School Girls division, Avonside GHS won the 250 metre while Marian College won the 500 metre Final.
Tu Meke Super Sprints
Tu Meke Sports Club have asked Aoraki to allow them to run an extra event [Date and Venue to be confirmed, but probably just before South Islands]. Entry fee is $10 per paddler, with 500 metre racing. Register to TuMekeSC@gmail.com - note this is NOT run by Aoraki, it is a Tu Meke event.
At the Ice Breaker, Aoraki's Development Director Caleb Te Kahu announced the exciting new development in New Zealand dragon boating: regional representative teams. For the first time, NZDBA has invited the regional associations to select and develop representative teams, initially focussing on the Open and Women's Divisions. Aoraki is taking this further and will enter Premier Open, Premier Women, Junior Open and Junior Women. These teams will represent their regions at the National Championships Regatta at Lake Karapiro over 7/8 April 2017.
Click here to download an information document that explains the selection and development process, along with an Intent Form for paddlers to submit their application for one of the four teams. Intent Forms were due by 21 January 2017.
The selection and coaching team are looking forward to receving the applications from paddlers and then working with them to develop successful teams to represent the Aoraki Region at the National Championships next April.
Key dates: Trial 1 at Shirley Boys High then Lake Rua on Saturday 28-Jan-17. Trial 2 for Boat work at Lake Rua Sat 25-Feb. Trial 3 at the Aoraki Open (Coaches monitor regional paddlers and see how they work with their club crews). Trial 4 on Sat 18-March at Lake Pegasus for Race simulation 500m and Team building exercises. At the South Island Champs, Teams announced. Training #1 is Race simulation at Pegasus on Sat 1-April-17. Then Pre-Event (before start of racing on the first day of Nationals) meet as the Aoraki Squad and let everyone know the timing and plan for the race.
Ice Breaker, Sunday 11-Dec-2016 at Lake Rua.
Well, our first competitive regatta of the 2016/17 season has now been and gone! After a rather damp, cold start, the day eventually turned out sunny, but the weather didn't affect the competition. The races were quick over the short course and provided a good taster for our new team members. We all got a chance to see how we match up against everyone else – and we all got to see what we need to focus on in our training sessions! Race results are attached. Well done to all the participants and to the event organisers for making it a fun day out on the water.
See you all back training hard on the water, preparing for the next event – the fun Akaroa 10s event on 22 January – details to follow shortly.
...was on Sunday 21-August, at Lake Rua. Congratulations to winners on the day:
Next up was the Cob Web Blaster on Sunday 25-September. And what do you know? Very similar results!
See the "Events" tab above for more details and events.
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Team Profile pages
These have now been rebuilt, so that you can see all teams on one page. Just click the tabs to see each crew. They are split into 'Open' (Club based), Business based and the Schools. Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want your profile updated.
Aoraki dates for 2016-17 are/were:
Aoraki dates for 2015-16 were:
Events from last season...
... and highlights from earlier seasons:
Aoraki Dragons represents all the Dragon Boat teams in the South Island of NZ, and works hard to provide the equipment and systems to run the sport. For example, Aoraki buys (all but 3 of) the 16 Dragon Boats, and maintains them all, stores them and transports them to the training areas and racing events.
If you are interested in joining one of the many Dragon Boat teams, please email us. We'll see you right...
Here are some ways we are getting more and more people involved in our favourite activity - Dragon Boat paddling!
Corporate Give-It-A-Go Day,
Toward the end of November, Aoraki brings together several Business houses for a 'crash course' in Dragon Boating. The latest was at Lake Rua on Saturday 7-November-15 from 10 to 2 or so. Abreast of Life Dragon Boat team ran the event, as a fundraiser to help them get to Adelaide in April 2016 for the Club Crew World Champs. Teams had so much fun, they are looking forward to when they can do it again. See more here.
The package includes pre-race “on the water” paddle instruction and race training, culminating in an afternoon of fierce competition between rival corporate teams. We provide the Dragon Boats, paddles, buoyancy aids, qualified helms (“Sweeps”), instructors, safety boat and driver, Marshals, Results Officials, competitor safety briefing and race schedule.
In past years, for example Five new Corporate-based teams had a great introduction to Dragon Boating on Sunday 10-Nov-13. Great feedback, like: "you guys came across as a pretty slick operation (especially in dragon boat terms) and things ran like clockwork". It's always great to share the thrill of Dragon Boating!
Spring Festival on the Avon
Teams joined Aoraki at the Spring River Festival on Sat 2-Nov-13 at Kerr's Reach. Avonside Girls HS, Christchurch Girls HS and Ridge Riders put on a great display.
Racing included a race to determine the KING OF THE RIVER, contested between Dragon Boats, Waka Ama, Kayaks and Rowers. Our elimination series showed Ridge Riders were the team to represent Dragon boating. Ridge took line honours, thanks to a handicap system, but Kayaking were closing fast. In the spirit of the Collaboration that Aoraki need to be part of, the codes agreed to share the trophy this year. Once the racing finished, a selection of Dragon Boaters took a Champion downstream past the narrows under Avondale Bridge, to meet Tipu Tai Tama Voyaging Trust's ceremonial waka, for the transfer of the special Waka Huia downstream to Owles Terrace Pontoon, where it was taken by street parade into New Brighton.
'Moving the boat forward'
Here is what Aoraki are doing to grow the sport and generate opportunities for paddlers.
Aoraki have been rolling out programs to improve the exposure of Dragon Boating. In 2012 we started the Secondary Schools Challenge, which brought in six new High Schools. And we now have an annual Corporate Give-it-a-Go day (click the "get involved" tab above) where business houses spend a morning or a full day at Lake Rua or Lake Pegasus, as an intro to the sport.
Up-Skilling: Sweeps and Coaches
Aoraki has been running the NZDBA's Sweep Accreditation system since 2013, where we share the knowledge and skills with those who want to take up the 'Long Paddle'. This includes a mentoring system and supervision during training, and assessment to ensure we have all helmsmen/women singing off the same sheet.
Aoraki runs several Sweep School Sessions per season, generally in October. This season included a Wednesday theory session (with a short test) then two opportunities at Lake Pegasus to learn some skills, and be assessed by Rick and Russell, who represent Aoraki on the "NZDBA Sweep Control Group".. More...
We have started a Coach the Coaches system, so that experienced Dragon Boat coaches can exchange learnings and tips, and develop techniques for developing their paddlers.
And with NZDBA we are bringing training and accreditation systems for those who want to become race officials.
Building the facilities.
Aoraki is expanding the options for paddlers. For example we have a great relationship with CCC for making use of facilities at Owles Terrace, plus Lake Rua, where we have bought a 40 ft Container for keeping our training gear safe for our paddlers.
Providing the best equipment
In December 2015 Aoraki placed another order with Champion Boats to import two more IDBF Standard Dragon Boats from Dalian Water Sports in China.
At the same time we have bought three of the Champion Boats that Auckland DBA are replacing, so that Aoraki will have a full fleet of FIFTEEN of the Standard 20-paddler boats, so that we can run a super-efficient National Championships event.
Aoraki also carries stock of PFD Life Jackets, spare training and racing paddles as well as all the gear necessary to run top quality regattas, and a very full dragon boat season.
"Super 12" Boats are here!
Aoraki's fleet of boats now includes six fantastic Swift "Ten Man" boats. These are particularly useful as they allow a club to can carry on paddling when they can't muster a full team. They are also great for 'festival' type events sucha as the January Super 12, or for a start up team or demo). See Facebook for more pictures...
This supplements our main fleet of 10 Champion "Standard" sized Boats (aka "20-Man"). Whoops, make that 15 Champions!
Thanks to the generous funding from Southern Trust , Aoraki has been able to grow this fleet of Champion Boats so that we can have a full fleet of 15 boats for 2016 Nationals, and after the 2015-16 season we will start to 'retire' some of the boats to key growth areas (like Nelson and Greymouth).
Aoraki will make sure they are still available from those centers if we need them for major events such as Nationals.
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