Kahawai Year 7/8 Challenge **CANCELLED**


Nov 06 - Nov 06

12:30 pm - 04:00 pm


Boyes Beach, 73 Millar Rd, Lake Okareka, Rotorua

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021 202 6154

Danika Mowlem


Unfortunately with Auckland still in lockdown, so are all our boats for this event.


Where & When

Saturday 6 November 2021

Boyes Beach, 73 Millar Road, Lake Okareka, Rotorua


11.30am- 12.15pm Paddler registration

12.15pm Paddler Briefing

12.30pm Racing begins

Prizegiving to follow as soon as possible after racing is completed

Boats will be available for use if any paddlers want to practice in the boats, prior to racing from 10.30am.

What is it?

The 2021 Kahawai Challenge– a new Canoe Racing NZ event to make up for the cancelled AIMS Games, designed to develop the next generation of paddlers.

This event is open to all paddlers of intermediate school age (year 7 and 8) and is suitable for paddlers of all levels and from any paddling discipline (Sprint, surf, ocean, slalom or multisport).
All boats and equipment will be provided by CRNZ.   We will be using the sit-on boats.

The focus of this event is being active and having fun with friends.

NOTE:  The Canoe Slalom North Island Intermediate Schools Championships is being held in Tauranga on Sunday 7th November, so the idea is that paddlers have the option to do both if they want!  The slalom event is being run by Canoe Slalom BOP and information on that event can be found at https://canoeslalombop.co.nz/north-island-intermediate-school-cup

Event Format

The event format will be the Kahawai Paddler X, where heats of 6 paddlers race from a start line, around one or more buoys and back to a finish line adjacent to the start. Races aim to take 2-4 minutes and every paddler will compete in several races as they progress from heats through to division finals.

Depending on participant numbers, there may also be a long-distance race (1-2km) option available in the afternoon.  Participants will be separated into age groups as follows:

  • Year 7 girls
  • Year 7 boys
  • Year 8 girls
  • Year 8 boys

To enter

Enter online https://www.paddler.nz/copy-2-of-kahawai

Entries close 9pm Monday 1st November.  Event fee of $20 to be paid at registration on race day.

If you have any questions or want further info, contact Danika at Canoe Racing New Zealand danika.mowlem@canoeracingnz.org.nz or 021 202 6154