Anchor AIMs Games Canoe Sport


Sunday 6th September, Monday 7th September and Tuesday 8th September 2020
Venue: McLaren Falls Park, McLaren Falls Road, Lower Kaimai, Tauranga

Managers Meeting:

Canoe Slalom – Sunday 6th September 11.00am at McLarens Falls
Canoe Sprint - Tuesday 8th September 7.45am at McLarens Falls


Canoe Sprint $60.00 per individual (NZ$)
Canoe Slalom $60.00 per individual (NZ$)
Both Canoe Sprint & Canoe Slalom $90.00 per individual (NZ$)

Entries Close:

Wednesday 10th June 2020 at 11.59pm – Online registrations close


Contact Details

Race Organiser: Canoe Slalom
Liz Fowler – Canoe Slalom BOP
Phone: 027 548 2088

Race Organiser: Canoe Sprint
Karen Simpson-Warren – Canoe Racing New Zealand
Phone: 027 444 5596

For further information, visit and


Tournament Planning


  1. Students competing must be enrolled full-time in the school they are representing.
  2. New Zealand students competing must be a Year 7 or Year 8 student.
  3. New Zealand schools must be an affiliated member of NZAIMS - New Zealand Association of Intermediate and Middle Schooling
  4. Students may compete in more than one code however timetable allowances will NOT be made for any competitors.
  5. Competitors must be Over 10 years and 13 years of age or Under as at the 1st January of the tournament year (2020), competitor’s birthdates will be required on school registration documentation (accepted birth years for the 2020 Games are: 2007, 2008 and 2009).
  6. All participants must have online medical and media waiver documentation completed to be eligible to compete.


  • Schools are required to pay the entry fee of $60.00 per competitor (NZ$) per event (Canoe Sprint or Canoe Slalom), or if competitors wish to do BOTH events $90.00 per competitor.
  • Non-refundable / Payment MUST be made within seven days of receipt of the invoice.
  • Invoices will be sent to the School Accounts Manager after the entry closing date, 10th June.

Entries Close

Wednesday 10th June 2020 at 11.59pm

Entries to the 2020 Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships will be made and only accepted online:

  • All registrations are completed online with EnterNOW.
  • A ‘Quick Start Guide’ for EnterNOW will be sent out with the Registration Booklet.
  • Registrations will only be accepted from the designated School Anchor AIMS Games Coordinator.
  • Schools will be allocated a unique Anchor AIMS Games registration log in code to complete their entries.
  • EnterNOW demo video for schools

If registration for an activity is oversubscribed, then the opportunity to participate will be at the discretion of the executive committee and no further correspondence will be entered into (if unsuccessful team/individual entry will be refunded).

2020 Planning Timeline

  • Wednesday 10th June – Entries close for the 2020 Anchor AIMS Games at 11.59pm. The EnterNOW system will generate a confirmation email three days prior to entries closing so school coordinators can check that they have entered the correct individuals, teams, codes etc.
    The AIMS Games Trust has a strict NO REFUND policy from this date! NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Wednesday 24th June – All schools must have paid their registration invoice to have their entry confirmed.
    Late entries (if accepted) will incur a 50% penalty fee
  • Wednesday 1st July – Confirmation sent to all 2020 participating schools (if registration for a sporting code is oversubscribed then the opportunity to compete will be at the discretion of the executive committee).
  • Monday 27th July – School group opening ceremony ticket bookings go on sale through Ticketek (First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm).
  • Wednesday 29th July – All Team/individual online name and code information registration forms to be completed.
  • Monday 3rd August – Public opening ceremony tickets go on sale through Ticketek (First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm).
  • Saturday 5th September – The 17th Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships opens.
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Tournament Information

New Zealand School Divisions

  • Canoe Sprint / Canoe Slalom Year 7 Girls
  • Canoe Sprint / Canoe Slalom Year 7 Boys
  • Canoe Sprint / Canoe Slalom Year 8 Girls
  • Canoe Sprint / Canoe Slalom Year 8 Boys

International School Divisions

  • Year 7 Girls

  • over 10 years/under 12 years of age as at the 1st Jan 2020

    (10/11 years as at 1st Jan 2020)

  • Year 7 Boys
  • over 10 years/under 12 years of age as at the 1st Jan 2020

    (10/11 years as at 1st Jan 2020)

  • Year 8 Girls

  • over 12 years/under 13 years of age as at the 1st Jan 2020

    (12 years as at 1st Jan 2020)

  • Year 8 Boys

  • over 12 years/under 13 years of age as at the 1st Jan 2020

    (12 years as at 1st Jan 2020)


  • Thirty minutes drive out of Tauranga City is McLaren Falls Park, 190 hectares of pastoral and horticultural parkland set alongside Lake McLaren.
  • Around 300 sheep roam through the grassed areas so dogs are not permitted within McLaren Falls Park. Dogs are also not permitted to be left unattended in vehicles.

  • The event is held at Top Flat in McLarens Falls.

  • Please obey all security, marshalls, pre race communications and event staff.

  • There is strictly NO vehicle access to the park/Top Flat event site through the main gate – with the exception of park visitors.

  • ALL Anchor AIMS Games vehicles must drive past the main gate and continue 2.2km up to Maungapopo Road. Then turn right and into the signposted carpark at Blooming Acres (400 car parks).

  • Shuttles will transport athletes, spectators and your gear the 1.5km down into McLaren Falls to Top Flat and back again when you wish to leave (please allow plenty of time for this).

  • There will be a compulsory Park n Ride operating on all scheduled event days (Sunday to Tuesday)

  • Mobility Card and Anchor AIMS Games Officials (car pass holders) will be directed where to drive on arrival to the Park n Ride site.


Sunday 6th September

Practice Day Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint

Sunday 6th September

Managers Meeting – Canoe Slalom 11.00am

Sunday 6th September

Opening Ceremony (Trustpower Arena at Baypark)
First show – 3.00pm, Second show – 7.00pm

Monday 7th September

Canoe Slalom Event Race

Tuesday 8th September

Managers Meeting – Canoe Sprint 7.45am

Tuesday 8th September

Track open for practice 8.00am - 9.00m

Tuesday 8th September

Canoe Sprint Event Race

Events Canoe Slalom

Paddlers arrive - 8.00am
Paddler briefing - 8.05am
Individual start time - 9.00am


Event 1 9.00am Year 7 Boys Canoe Slalom K1
Event 2 9.30am Year 7 Girls Canoe Slalom K1
Event 3 10.00am Year 8 Boys Canoe Slalom K1
Event 4 10.15am Year 8 Girls Canoe Slalom K1
Event 5 12.00pm Head to head race
Event 6 2.00pm Teams Event

Events Canoe Sprint

Paddlers arrive - 8.00am
Paddler briefing - 8.15am
Individual start time - 9.00am


100m Sprint Year 7 Boys, Year 7 Girls, Year 8 Boys, Year 8 Girls
200m Sprint Year 7 Boys, Year 7 Girls, Year 8 Boys, Year 8 Girls
500m circuit Year 7 Boys, Year 7 Girls, Year 8 Boys, Year 8 Girls
100m relays (3 ppl) Year 7 Boys, Year 7 Girls, Year 8 Boys, Year 8 Girls
Mixed 100m relays (3ppl) Year 7 mixed, Year 8 mixed (minimum 1 girl per team)

NOTE: The Sprint schedule will be confirmed and distributed once entries have closed off.

General Rules

  • There is no limit to the number of paddlers from each school.
  • Each school can only enter one team per age and gender in the team event (e.g. one Year 7 Boys team, one Year 8 Boys team, one Year 7 Girls team and one Year 8 Girls team).
  • For all individual and team’s events to be constituted there must be a minimum of three entrants from at least two different schools. If these criteria are not met, then the entrants go into the next age group i.e. Year 7 would compete in the Year 8 event. If there are insufficient girls, then they will move into the boy’s event of the corresponding year or as above up a year group.
  • Wear clothing that is associated with your school. No bare torso allowed.
  • Please obey all marshals and briefings and park all vehicles in set areas.
  • Officials only in designated areas during each race.
  • All team managers are required to have their team medical forms with them during the event.
  • Team Managers are responsible for their parents and supporters.
  • Please ensure that the safety and enjoyment of all competitors is of upmost importance.

Equipment Rules

  • All Kayaks will be supplied - own kayaks not permitted.
  • All paddles are supplied.
  • Canoe Slalom - All buoyancy vests, spray decks and helmets will be supplied.
  • Shoes are permitted in kayaks.
  • Individuals may use their own paddle, buoyancy vest, spray deck or helmet if desired.

Health and Safety

  • All participants, team managers and schools are reminded that they compete at their own risk and absolve the event director, all marshals, helpers and volunteers from any blame or claim.
  • Officials and safety kayakers will be located on water with radio coverage to event organisers in case of emergency.
  • All participants are reminded that they compete at their own risk and absolve all officials, helpers and volunteers from any blame or claim.
  • Clear instruction to coaches/team managers will be given about the extent of the organisers responsibilities at the Managers Meeting.

Discipline - Teams Event

  • Schools to select teams comprising three boys or three girls in each year group.
  • Slalom Team members can be of mixed gender and mixed year groups; however, they compete in the boy’s team race of the eldest team member.
  • Sprint Team members ages and genders are specified for each team event as follows: – 100m relays teams of 3 are gender and year specific. – Mixed relay teams of 3, minimum one girl in each team.
  • All participants in the team event must have competed in the individual event.
  • The last opportunity to name or change teams will be at the Team Managers meeting with the exception of withdrawals due to injury or illness.
  • All team members must be students at the same school.
  • The organisers will accept students from different schools if they do not have the required number in their team BUT no points will be awarded for this event (participation only).

Event Honours

  • Medals are awarded for 1st, 2nd 3rd in each event provided the rules of event constitution are met.
  • Teams Event points are awarded to the first three teams only (1st = 18, 2nd = 16, 3rd = 15)
  • Individual points will be distributed for the top 16 athletes (Points are 1st = 18, 2nd = 16, 3rd = 15, 4th = 14 and so on).
  • Top School Cup awarded to the winning school with combined points from the Teams Event and Individual Events.

Chief Official

The organisers will appoint a Chief Official to whom general complaints can be directed. Complaints must be lodged within 15 minutes of the completion of the race on the official disputes form and accompanied by $100.00.

Medal Presentation

  • Individual and Team Event place getters for each Year Group/Gender will be presented with their medals at the venue at completion of all races.
  • The Top School overall will be presented with a cup. There will be a cup for both Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint.
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