Update from the C.E.O.

High Performance

World Cup 1 was a great success for our team. The women’s team won 4 golds, and Caitlin Ryan set a new World’s Best time in the K1 500. Scott Martlew won a close silver medal in the KL2 200 and finished 4th in the VL3 200. In addition, the U23 women's K4 performed very well, finishing 3rd in the B final.

The team is now en route to Duisburg in Germany for World Cup 2, which runs from Thursday to Sunday. Keep checking www.canoeicf.com to watch live coverage of our team.

Talent Development

The inaugural Asia Pacific Sprint Cup ran from 11-13 May in Adelaide and was a great success. The event came about as the result of an initiative by Hamish Barton, CRNZ’s High Performance Athlete Development Manager, and Ken Lynch of HPSNZ, to give our young paddlers more opportunities to compete in international events without having to travel all the way to Europe. Hamish worked with his counterparts in Australian Canoeing and the Japanese Canoe Association to deliver the event, and after this year’s success it appears that other countries from around the Asia-Pacific region are keen to get involved, which should make this event a key part of our annual calendar for young paddlers.

The Kiwi team performed very well, winning 39 medals and finishing 2nd behind Australia in the nations ranking. Next year’s edition will be run at Lake Karapiro in April 2019.

CRNZ Management Structure

We are making some changes to the structure of our high performance program. We have disestablished the High Performance Director position, and will be giving our high performance coaches more responsibility (and accountability) for the strategic direction of their programs. This change means that, unfortunately, Greg Owen will be leaving us at the end of June. Greg has been a valuable member of CRNZ’s team for three years. He will no doubt move on to achieve great things in his next endeavours, and we wish him the best for the future.

We are currently in the process of recruiting an Operations Manager, who will be responsible for giving our coaches and athletes the logistical and operational support that they need to deliver world class performance. The Operations Manager will also be responsible for developing and running an IT system to track athlete/coach performance, improve productivity between athletes, support staff and admin, and retain important performance expertise within CRNZ. We have already started work on this system, and Greg will be spending the next month spearheading the project.


Our immediate priorities are:
•recruitment of the Operations Manager role;
• development of our new IT/database system;
• review of our administrative systems, policies and compliance;

• developing new participation strategies to bring new paddlers into our sport (led by Karen Simpson-Warren); and

• supporting our high performance and development paddlers and coaches so that they have what they need to achieve their goals.

I look forward to the opportunity to see as many of you as possible at your clubs and races over the coming months. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, comments or ideas!

Tom Ashley, C.E.O.



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