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Unique IDSU0148
Application Details
Entrant Club(s):University of Canterbury Rowing Club (UCRC)
Entry completed by:Hamish Maxwell
Club Role:President
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Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best New Initiative or Event 2021
Name of event or initiative:The Canterbury Exchange
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

Hosted by UC Rowing, we invited Auckland, Otago, and Lincoln Universities to a Sprint Regatta, BBQ and Party along the Avon River on the 7th of August with 200+ rowers and spectators attending. The event had a “races day” theme where people wore second-hand blazers embroidered with their university crest.

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

The main aim of this regatta was to build the relationship between the university rowing community. Because there is only one University Rowing Regatta in the year, no one gets a chance to build friendships with other universities and so we wanted to improve that. There were only 3 races held per rowing class and only over 250m, in rowing this is considered an easy race which was done so that people could eat and drink on the riverbank without worrying about it affecting their race, as this was intended to be a social event more than a sporting event.

How did you make it happen?

Once again, we negotiated a deal with Avon Rowing Club, for them allowing us to use the boats, equipment, and BBQ; all their members were invited for free with their head coach giving a closing speech extending an invitation to all rowers who’d consider coming to compete for them over summer. Gary Gin from UC Sport helped by organising van hire for us to and from the river. In exchange for us hosting, Otago RC kindly provided prizes and trophies.

How did you make it better?

We were really trying to encourage inter-club interaction, so we provided social lubricant in the form of a keg of Speights and a sausage sizzle all for free. Due to this being an alcoholic event, we didn’t want anyone thinking about drink driving or catching Ubers so we hired 6 vans to ferry people from Uni to the river and then back to their accommodation or the student flat afterparty.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

Rowing is one of NZ’s biggest secondary school sports but there is a huge drop off once they leave high school, this is because they get burnt out from over training and a culture which is almost arrogantly competitive. Inter-university events like this and the culture we are trying to encourage is that sport doesn’t need to be about winning, it can be about having fun, meeting new people and making friends out of your rivals. This event shows our commitment to sustainability by helping students rediscover their enjoyment in sport.

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