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2018 Assistant Men’s coach appointed

NZCPA is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Gurden as the 2018 Assistant Men’s coach. His primary responsibility will we coaching the U21 team to the 2018 World Champs.

We look forward to working with Eric and supporting him on building upon his successes achieved in the 2017 Oceania Campaign.

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2018 U21 Squad Information and Applications

2018 U21 Squad Applications

NZCPA are now seeking applications for the U21 Mens and Womens Squads for the 2018 World Championship campaign.

Applications must strictly be returned by the 31st August 2017 using the following link;

U21 2018 Worlds Application Form

The application fee is $100 payable to the Squad Account; 02 0876 0048375.

2018 Junior Development initiative:

NZCPA are in the initial stages of planning a training camp in January 2018 that will involve a wide range of coaching staff to better prepare our U18 athletes to succeed as part of future Oceania and World championship campaigns.

Further details will follow in the coming weeks.

Please email if you have any questions or require any assistance.

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Applications for 2018 World Championships Management Positions now being taken

NZCPA are now taking applications for Managers and Assistant Managers for the 2018 World Championships campaign. The 2018 World Championships will be held in Welland, Canada.

NZ will be represented in both Senior and U21 categories for both men and women. Further information can be found in the campaign overview document.

Player applications will be opening within the next week.

2018 World Championships Campaign Overview

Position Description_Assistant Men’s Manager Worlds 2018

Position Description_Assistant Women’s Manager Worlds 2018

NZ – Mens Squads Manager Application Form_worlds 2018

NZ Women’s Squad Manager Application Form_worlds 2018

NZ Mens Assistant Manager Application Form_worlds 2018

NZ Women Assistant Manager Application Form_worlds 2018

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2018 World Championships Coaching Applications

NZCPA is looking to appoint new coaching staff for the 2018 World Championships campaign to the following positions:

•Assistant Men’s Coach- closes 17th August 2017
•Head Coach: Women- closes 31st August 2017
•Head Coach: Men- closes 31st August 2017

We envisage coaches starting the U21 campaign in September 2017and the Senior Campaign starting in October/November. Coaches would be expected to run 5-7 training camps prior to touring with the teams to the World Championships. All reasonable costs associated with the role are covered. Coaches are expected to work with the Squad management to shape the final tour to meet the expectation of good results (within the constraints of a player-funded model). The World Championships are being held in Welland, Canada, August 1-5 2018.

NZCPA is also looking to run a Junior Development program for U18 players at the beginning of 2018. We expect our National Coaches to be involve in shaping this program as well.

If you have any queries around these roles please feel free to contact the Executive Director: James Mitchell on 021684993 or

2018 NZ Coach Application Form

2018 Team Coach position description

2018 Assistant Coach position description

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New Schools Director Appointment

NZCPA would like to announce that Kelly Hepburn has been appointed to the Schools Director position. Kelly brings a wealth of experience and passion to our executive team, we will see Kelly in her element hosting the Secondary School Nationals final 24-26 March at Makino Aquatic in Feilding. Welcome Kelly.


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NZCPA appoint new squads director

After a successful stint as the Oceania Squads manager, we are pleased to announce the appointment of David Morritt onto the Executive as a the Squads Director. We are looking forward to being able to better organise and deliver our Squads activities. David has a number of ideas on how we can improve our systems and processes after his Oceania experience and feedback.

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NZCPA would like to advise all it members that the 2017 AGM will be held 3rd June 2017, 1pm at Naenae Pool, 2 Everest Ave, Naenae, Lower Hutt.

The previous minutes and annual report can be found on the website

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NZCPA Award winners

NZCPA held our first awards dinner on the 18th March in Christchurch. The evening was a huge success with our members able to celebrate an immensely successful 2016 and award its members in the following categories.

Most valued administrator: Penny Dustin
Most valued coach: Carl Massarotto
Most valued referee: Michael Beauchamp

NZ Player Awards
Most valued player (Coach choice)
Paddle Ferns: Jordan Housiaux
Paddle Blacks: Matt Keong
u21 Paddle Ferns: Stephanie Dryfhout
u21 Paddle Blacks: Aaron Crabb

Player’s Player (voted by team)
Paddle Ferns: Jordan Housiaux
Paddle Blacks: Matt Keong
u21 Paddle Ferns: Stephanie Dryfhout
u21 Paddle Blacks: Aaron Crabb

Most Player Potential (Coach choice)
Female: Madison Gaiger-Grove
Male: Cole Hawkins

Congratulations to all recipients, and a big thank you to Andi Fear-Ross and Olivia Spencer-Bower for all your time and effort spent making the evening such a huge success.

We look forward to seeing what 2017 brings.

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NZ Oceania teams announced

NZCPA are pleased to announce the representative teams who will be competing at the 2017 Oceania Championships 22-24 April, Palmerston North. The previous Oceania championships saw our teams take away gold in six out of the seven categories, which enabled NZ to regain the Julian Carter memorial trophy which Australia had claimed in 2013.

During the 2016 Canoe Polo World Championships, the New Zealand Senior Women’s and Senior Men’s Teams qualified entry to the 2017 World Games being held in Wroclaw, Poland during 20th-30th July. Following the Oceania championships, the NZ Men’s and Women’s Squads will continue preparation for this. New Zealand Senior A teams will be selected to compete at the 2017 World games after/ at the 2017 Oceania championships.

We look forward to seeing our teams in action in the coming weeks. Well done paddlers.

Snr Womens A
Erin Bolton (V Capt)
Julie Bolton
Kate Bolton
Jordy Housiaux (Capt)
Paris Pidduck
Gemma Potaka
Liv Spencer-Bower

Snr Womens B
Sarah Adderley (Ralton) (V Capt)
Kelsie Campbell
Sian Fendall
Alexia Hinton
Jess Nugteren
Kaylie Potaka
Nicole Symons
Sophie Winton (Cap)

U21 Women A
Kate Blincoe (Capt)
Hayley Cameron
Milly Douglas
Greer Edilson
Leah Morrison
Klara Richter (V Capt)
Lisa Storrier
Kelsey Wilde

U21 Women B
Toni Baker
Anna Flett
Meg Gallen
Emily Jagoutz
Emma Malcolm
India McJarrow-Keller (Capt)
Mikayla Mead (V Capt)
Georgia Wheeler

U18 Women A
Kayleigh Gourman
Casey Hales
Krista McJarrow-Keller (Capt)
Amy Saunders (V Capt)
Abbie Sawkins
Sam Spencer
Hana-Tia Ross
Ava White

U18 Women B
Jenna Borst
Gemma Fraser​
Jess Forbes (Capt)
Roslyn Gray
Madi McGregor
Rebecca Shepherd
Mia Thomas (V Capt)
Ashleigh Van Uffelen

Senior men A:
Carl Duncan(C)
Jed Graham
Nevan Hadley
Sam Hapeta
Matt Keong
Alex Lowen
James Mitchell
Conor Sellwood

Senior Men B:
Jason Dalziel (co-captain)
Luke Dustin (co-captain)
James Gibb
Mitch Graham
Cole Hawkins
Jade Johnson
Kyzen Macdonald

U21 Men A
Ethan Flanders (C)
Phillip Massarotto
Oliver Morritt
Matthew Oke
Jake Talbot
Connor Taylor (VC)
Liam Warren
Callum Wilde

U21 Men B
Liam Bowden
Jake Devlin
Harry Dickons
Josh Duncan
Joe Easley
James McNatty (C)
Matthew Sawyer
Ryan Stevens

U18 MenA
Patrick Bould
Hunter Burns (v captain)
Liam Brunton
Josh Gray
Jayden Petersen
Josh Vivian
Liam Ward
Tom Whale (captain)

U18 Men B
Gordon Brown (captain)
Brad Brunton
Regan Chambers
Renzo Childs
Alex Hare
Andrew Hearn
Matt Patient
Bede Skinner-Vennell

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