2021 Oceania Championships Coaching Applications

NZCPA is seeking coaching applications for the 2021 Oceania Championships campaign and the 2022 World Games/World Championships.

Please note there have been some changes to the roles required.

These applications will close 31st January 2021.

We are looking for a number of coaches to develop our players to their full potential for the 2021 Oceania Championships campaign. You will play a pivotal part in developing and leading our Oceania campaign, to be held at the Mitre 10 Sports Park in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand 9th-11th December 2021.

The positions for the Seniors, U21’s and assistant coaches for the Men’s and Women’s squads will be appointed for a 2-year period. These positions will encompass the Oceania campaign and the 2022 World Championship in St. Omer (France) for the Senior and U21 teams. There is also the potential that the senior teams will qualify for the 2022 World Games (USA).

*The U18’s coaches will only be appointed for a 1 year term.

*The assistant coaching positions to the Senior and U21’s teams will not be required to travel to the World Champions in France or (if teams also qualify) to World Games in the USA.

Please see our NZ Squad page for all application details and forms.

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2021 Coaches Appointments Panel for NZCPA

The 2021 coaches appointments panel for NZCPA has been finalised and we welcome Greg Oke, Peter Housiaux, Claire Osborne and Jacqui Frost to this panel.  Greg Oke is our current High Performance Manager, Peter Housiaux is a former Paddle Ferns coach (including winning the 2016 World Championships), Jacqui Frost is our current Coaching Manager and Claire Osborne, who’s resume includes former long-time Paddle Ferns player and NZ selector.

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2020 Development Camp – Mentors

To give extra mana to our players at this year’s Development Camp we are delighted to confirm that Matt Oke, Greer Edison, Kate Blincoe and Casey Hales have all come on board to support the players as mentors.
They will be available for players to ask questions of, to share their hints and tips and to generally support players. They will be visiting and interacting with all the teams over the course of the weekend.
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2020 Development Camp – Team and Mentor Coaches

We are very fortunate to have a fantastic team of coaches who are excited to be able to share their expertise and skills with our players.
Our Team Coaches for the 2020 Development Camp are:
Meghann Corbett
Jason Dalziell
John Frost
Kelly Hepburn
Jordan Hinton
Andrew McFadzean
Carl Massarotto
Lydia Nuttall
Bede Skinner-Vennell
Connor Taylor
Georgia Wheeler
Callum Wilde
This year our team coaches are going to be supported by Mentor Coaches, whom we feel very honoured to have with us:
Trevor Hinton
Pete Housiaux
Steve Hunt
Greg Oke
The expertise, experience and passion that we have organised for this year’s camp is of a level that we are proud to be bringing to our players. The weekend is going to be extremely valuable for everyone. We can’t wait!
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2020 Development Camp – Specialist Coaches

We are excited by the high calibre of our Specialist Coaches who are sharing their expertise with us at Development Camp. A big thanks to everyone who has offered to help our future paddlers!


Kelsey Wilde

Tom Neilson



Carl Duncan

Megan Juno


Boat Skills:

Justin Tate

Kate Blincoe


Paddle Skills:

Eric Gurden

Georgia Wheeler

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2021 World Championship Teams and Squads Disband from Competition

The NZCPA board of directors has made the decision to disband our two selected U21 teams and the two Senior training squads for the delayed World championships due to be held in April 2021. This decision was made in consultation with our player groups, coaches and management.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our players, coaches and managers for their dedication to teams and squads. Especially those long hours training and planning over the last few uncertain months since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the postponement of the 2020 World Champs to 2021. NZCPA will ensure that the two named teams will be recorded in the NZCPA yearly report and our history.
NZCPA will continue to engage with ICF around any future planning to host the World Championships in October 2021; their cancellation and the implications of these decisions. We will continue to consult our stakeholders to share in this process.
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Competition Guidelines for Level 2 (Covid-19)

NZCPA has worked with Sport New Zealand to come up with specific guidelines for operating our competitions under level 2 (COVID-19) restrictions. In short; in the event we go back to level 2 restrictions we should be able to host competitions like School Nationals and the Club Championships. However these events would then be required to operate under more restrictive operating conditions to ensure everyone’s heath and safety. In the event of a level 2 lockdown players, teams, officials and spectators will be expected to abide by these instructions. 

NZCPA Level 2 COVID-19 Competition Guideline 2 Oct 2020

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2020 Development Camp “Road to 2025” Player, Coaches, Referees and Managers Application Forms

Use these forms to apply for the 2020 Development Camp ‘Road to 2025’. Those players wishing to trial for Oceania 2021 should attend this camp (unless you are currently or have been previously selected in a World Championships team).  If you intend to put your name forward as a Coach, Referee or Manager for 2021 Oceania Championships then it is advisable that you attend this development camp.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th November 2020 at 6pm

2020 Development Camp “Road to 2025” Player Application Form

2020 Development Camp “Road to 2025” Application form – for Coaches, Referees and Managers

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