In lieu of the New Zealand Government’s COVID-19 update yesterday (24 August), Rowing NZ and Karapiro Rowing have evaluated all possible risk to those involved in upcoming events, as well as the possible risks posed to the wider community, and regret to announce that the 2020 New Zealand Masters Championships scheduled to be held at 19-20 September at Lake Karapiro has been cancelled.

This decision has been based upon crucial event factors such as New Zealand’s current Level 2 status, the high number of Karapiro Rowing staff and volunteers required to facilitate the event, the high number of athletes expected to compete and the significant amount of regional and inter-island travel required by all those wishing to attend the event in various capacities.

Rowing NZ and Karapiro Rowing understand this announcement will be sadly received by the Masters rowing community, but remain supportive of the Government’s COVID-19 containment initiatives, and understand their intent is to avoid non-essential gatherings that will increase the community risk for the spread of COVID-19.


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