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Blue Lake divisional format mixes it up

Author -  Karen Simpson

The first of our national competitions begins this weekend with the Blue Lake 1 regatta on Lake Tikitapu, Rotorua. This event is a little different as it is raced based on "divisions" rather than age groups.

Blue Lake divisional format mixes it up

The first of our national competitions begins this weekend with the Blue Lake 1 regatta on Lake Tikitapu, Rotorua. This event is a little different as it is raced based on "divisions" rather than age groups.

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The first of our national competitions begins this weekend with the Blue Lake 1 regatta on Lake Tikitapu, Rotorua.  This event is a little different as it is raced based on "divisions" rather than age groups, and this gives both competitors and spectators something quite outside of the norm! 

Divisions are calculated using two seeding races where paddlers of all abilities are given two opportunities to gain placement in higher or lower divisions.  This means that by the end of the rounds paddlers should end up racing against others of similar ability, rather than age.  The fun of this is that a 14 year old could be racing against a Masters paddler - so there is plenty of friendly rivalry as neither wants to be beaten by the other.   There is ample opportunity to race so this is a great development regatta for all levels of racing.  

At the top end high performance paddlers, for example Quaid Thompson, Kurtis Imrie, Max Brown and Ashton Reiser, may find themselves up against some hungry under 18s (or even some exceptional under 16s!) or some feisty masters paddlers.  It makes for some very interesting racing and nothing can be taken for granted. 

There are still tons of opportunities for team boat racing which is a combination of age group races, relays and fun mixed events. 

Up to the minute draw and results can be found via our App (find Canoe Racing NZ in the Play Store - free to download).   Or check the Live Results Website.

 

 

Blue Lake divisional format mixes it up

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