This memo contains important information on three sport areas:
A significant amount of work has been undertaken over the last three months exploring the possible structure and timing of an interprovincial competition to replace Surf League in the 2013/14 event calendar. This work included recommendations from the National Sport Committee, and a working sub-group, which developed objectives and a proposed event format for the competition.
The proposed format for the competition was recently presented to local sport committees, and feedback was sought.
The result of this process has been that only four of the eight provinces indicated they would attend the event in the proposed format.
Feedback received from provinces included (see appendix of this memo for more detailed provincial feedback):
Given these responses, it is obvious that a lot more work will be required to devise an affordable format for the event that will be acceptable to the majority of athletes/provinces. There is now not enough time to undertake this work before the 2013/14 season, so we have no choice but to inform local sport committees, clubs, and members that there will be no interprovincial competition for the 2013/14 season.
However, we would like to continue working with local sport committees, within scope of the Blue Sky Review, to address the feedback and further test event format ideas to see if something can be introduced for the 2014/15 season. We firmly believe the concept has some real merit as an event competition, and a High Performance pathway for our athletes, but as it has to be an event that is self-funding, the format has to be something that clubs/athletes are willing to pay for.
The current Surf Sport Competition Manual (8th edition; V1), published in October 2012 contains no provisions for a residency rule. After endorsement by the National Sport Committee, the 'residency rule' will be added to the rule book as of 1 November 2013.
NON NEW ZEALAND RESIDENTIAL QUALIFICATION
Non New Zealand citizens who wish to compete for a New Zealand Club are required to provide proof of residing in New Zealand for a period of not less than thirty days immediately prior to the commencement of the competition in which they wish to enter.
Applications are open for active coaches wishing to complete the Competitive Surf Coach course. The course is tentatively scheduled for the Tauranga area from 2-3 November. This is the third level in the current coaching framework, and those coaches with the necessary pre-requisites are welcome to apply online: Click link here. Applications close at 5pm on 13 September 2013.
SLSNZ Sport Manager
Download a PDF version of this memo (pdf, 287kb)