About the Cure Boating Club...
The Cure Boating Club currently has a membership of approximately 60, 40 of whom are active rowers.
Competitive and School Age Rowers
From August each year the club will actively seek out novice rowers for the coming season and rowers wanting to return to the sport competitively. A high level of commitment is required from competitive rowers, with training on the water up to 7 days a week near the peak of the season and trips away to races every second weekend.
Rowers from Rangiora and Kaiapoi High School find the location ideal, however, rowers from other schools are welcome to join The Cure Boating Club for the summer competitive season. (see Contact Us page)
All competitive rowers are actively coached and supervised, both on and off the water, however, motivated crews will gain more out of the sport.
The Cure Boating Club has a strong masters membership. Masters rowers have some competitive racing during the summer, their season culminating in a South Island Masters competition during Queens Birthday Weekend and the New Zealand Masters Championships. The Cure Boating Club also runs a Masters Long Distance Race once a year over the 14km course on the Waimakariri and Kaiapoi Rivers.
Both masters and competitive rowers participate in club rows on the weekends throughout the year, and during weekdays. In the competitive season, the boat priority is to the competitive rowers, however, with some juggling, no one misses out.
Coaching clinics and informal coaching is available to masters rowers. More formal coaching is available by arrangement.
Club Captain and Chief Coach
The Cure Club Captain and men's coach, Armin Svoboda was North Canterbury Sports Coach of the Year in 2004, and received a Services to Sport award at the Canterbury Summer Sports Awards in 2006. Armin was awarded a service blazer in 2011 for long term service to New Zealand Rowing. Armin is ably supported by Greg Smithson who coaches the females members.
A number of members are social only – they have either rowed for the club or other clubs in the past and enjoy retaining a connection to the sport. They are active in off-the-water activities and fundraising for the Cure Boating Club.
The club has in the past built its own rowing and sculling skiffs but over the last number of years has recieved good community funding and has fleet of mainly Wintech boats as well as Hudson and Elder eights. Other activities include running the masters long distance race, fundraising, helping with other club racing events, and supporting the competitive and masters crews at regattas.