Regional Representative Teams


Aoraki Regional Representative Teams 2024 - Lake Karapiro 

The Aoraki Regional Representative program is designed to be a high performance pathway for the paddlers who wish to compete at a higher level. The aim is to get the best paddlers who paddle for clubs within the RSO together to compete for the gold medal available in each division and to put the best squad together to gain points for the regional shield. It is a competitive program.


Available Divisons/Classes



At the 2024 Dragon Boat Nationals, NZDBA will have representative racing for Women and Open divisions in Premier and Senior racing Classes.

Racing classes are:

  •   Premier (any age) – 500m Standard Boat

  •   Senior A 40+ (born before 1/1/1984) – 500m Small Boat

  •   Senior B 50+ (born before 1/1/1974) – 500m Small Boat

  •   Senior C 60+ (born before 1/1/1964) – 200m Small Boat




Paddlers/Callers: Member of a team affiliated to Aoraki Dragon Boat Association 

Sweep: Member of a team affiliated to Aoraki Dragon Boat Association 




*To be reviewed for 2024*

Set at the start of 2020/2021 season:

1 year goal - Get full crews on the water. Be competitive, push to be in the top 2 in every division entered. 

2-3 year goal - Gain the gold medal in at least 2 divisions. Aim to hold the regional shield.

5 year goal - Gain the gold medal in 3 or more divisions. Hold the regional shield

Coaching Staff for 2024



Head Coach: 

Division/team coaches: 

     Premier Women - TBC

     Premier Open - TBC

     Senior Women (A, B & C) - TBC

     Senior Open (A, B & C) - TBC

Expressions of Interest for Paddlers, Callers and Sweeps


Registration for the Regional Representative Program 2024 is now open. 

To register fill out details here:

If you have any queries regarding the Representative Program, please email


2024 - TBC

2022 - Please see the previous requirements below

The frist trial will consist of:

1. Max hand release push ups in 60 seconds

2. Max chin ups in 60 seconds (Inverted row for Seniors)

3. 2km rowing erg time trial

4. Beep Test



The second trial will consist of:

1. Dry land portions

2. On water portions






Max hand release push ups in 60 seconds


- Chest to the ground

- Lifting hands off the ground to start/finish a rep

- Body kept flat 

Max chin ups in 60 seconds (Premier)


- No swinging

- Chin to the bar at the top of the rep

- Elbows past 90 degrees at the bottom

Max inverted row in 60 seconds (Senior)


- Chest pulled to the bar

- Arms at full extension at the bottom


2km rowing erg time trial


- Concept2 erg

- Set at resistance 5

- 2000m countdown used to measure the time accurately. This is pre programmed into all machines

Beep test


This test involves continuous running between two lines 20m apart in time to recorded beeps. For this reason the test is also often called the 'beep' or 'bleep' test. The participants stand behind one of the lines facing the second line, and begin running when instructed by the recording. 

The speed at the start is quite slow. The participant continues running between the two lines, turning when signalled by the recorded beeps. After about one minute, a sound indicates an increase in speed, and the beeps will be closer together. This continues each minute (level). If the line is reached before the beep sounds, the participant must wait until the beep sounds before continuing. If the line is not reached before the beep sounds, the participant is given a warning and must continue to run to the line, then turn and try to catch up with the pace within two more ‘beeps’. The participant is given a warning the first time they fail to reach the line (within 2 meters), and eliminated after the second warning.

Your score is the last passed level. 

The audio file that will be used can be found on Spotify - The Beep Test by Sports Australia