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Unique IDSU0130
Application Details
Entrant Club(s):University of Canterbury Rowing Club
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 Sports Event 2021
Name of event or initiative:University Rowing Champs Campaign
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

The campaign of leading up to and competing at the 2021 University National Rowing Champs, this includes 4 trainings a week from the beginning of Term 1 until travelling to Twizel during the Easter break for the 2-day regatta where we would be the largest university with 89 rowers competing.

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

Officially the aim was to train hard and make fast crews to compete and win races, but our Exec’s true goal was to create an environment which students felt like they had a second family within the university rowing community. We wanted everyone to feel as though regardless of their rowing experience, we were all working together as a team to achieve a common goal. In the end we were able to achieve 2nd University overall, with a special mention of the men’s eight who won the Hebberley Shield(the oldest national rowing trophy) which UC hasn’t won in 11 years.

How did you make it happen?

Getting help from Gary Gin and UC Sport, we were able to provide free transport in UC vans to all trainings, open days and down to Twizel. I ran for the NZ University Rowing Council; this now gives UC a vote in any decisions Rowing NZ makes as well as advice and support. Approaching friends within the Christchurch rowing community we were able to hire 4 highly qualified coaches. UC Rowing has never had all these things before, but now have a reputation that we are a professional club that people are proud to represent and be a part of.

How did you make it better?

Our goal was to be more social and inclusive, instead of the traditional 4 separate gendered trainings at various times for the different rowing grades, we combined them to make full squad mixed gender and experience trainings. We began using vans instead of carpooling and decreased the number of trainings per week. Instead of 4 small groups of about 7 people turning up to trainings, we now had 60+ people committed to achieving our team goal. These initiatives meant that people were now more excited about the van rides and chatting with their new friends instead of the actual rowing.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

At the beginning of the year we applied to become an incorporated society which opened us to apply for grants from CERT(Kiwi Gaming Foundation) and Rowing NZ. Along with the generosity of the UCSA and UC Sport we were able to hire Professional coaches, provide free transport, invest in new equipment and most importantly making it cheap for students. Giving 50% discounted subs and negotiating a 50% discounted equipment hire price from Avon RC for novice rowers. These things were done to grow the community and primarily make rowing a sport that “anyone can do” opposed to “few can afford”

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