2020 World Club Sprint Championships

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Please find information regarding qualification for club teams to the 2020 IVF World Club Sprint Championships being held in Hilo, Hawaii.

Updates January 2020: Club Qualifiers

Congratulations to all those clubs that have qualified to compete at the 2020 IVF World Club Championships in Hawaii

Follow this link to see the Clubs and Paddlers that have qualified in the V6/V12 and V1 Events: https://www.wakaama.co.nz/stories/read/1005228

Clubs who have qualified for a position are asked to confirm their participation by return email to worlds@wakaama.co.nz by the end of Tuesday 4th February

See all intents online here: https://wakaama.co.nz/racecalendar/lookup/1645

Helpful links

World Sprints Website: https://www.worldsprints2020.com/

IVF Website: http://www.ivfiv.org/

IVF Sprint Rules: http://www.ivfiv.org/race-rules.html

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23 August Club World Championship

Race Venue:

Hilo Bay, Big Island, Hawaii


Time Line

Online Intent process will open 26 July 2019 for clubs to submit their intent to trial to participate at the 2020 IVF World Club Championships.

See intent form attached  

26 July 2019

The intent process will require the club to register a team and category/ies. No paddler names will be required for this registration of intent.

Please note that the name of the team must be the same team name that they use when they enter the Sprint Nationals in 2020.


Only teams with intents submitted will be eligible to qualify for the 2020 World Club Championship


The intent must be accompanied by the Entry Fee to the World Club Championships ($160 per paddler/$960 per team) This fee is only refundable if there are more than 6 teams that register intent and your team does not qualify. If the team qualifies, then this amount will be used as their Entry Fee to the IVF.



Intent and fee due by 30th November 2019


30 November 2019

Teams must qualify in 500m, 1000 /1500 W6, W12 and turns races separately. (So it is possible that a club may choose/qualify to go to the World Club Championships to do one event only).




After teams have qualified, the club has until 30 January 2020 to confirm that they are taking up the spot.



30 January 2020

After 30 January 2020, should a club choose not to take up their spot, then it will be offered to the club that came next in that final event with an intent submitted



The next club/s in that event have until 7 February 2020 to take up the vacant spot.



After 7 February 2020, if the vacant spot is not taken up, then it will be offered to a team in another event that may not have qualified in this event (e.g. if a team qualifies in the 500m and not in the 1500m)



Club qualifies a waka, not the people in it. – So the paddlers can change but must still be on their club’s member roster



Clubs will need to sign off that all paddlers are members of that club by the IVF deadline time for entries to the world championships.




Teams will be representing their Club as part of the New Zealand contingent and must wear their Club Uniform to compete at the World Championship



Clubs will arrange all travel and accommodation arrangements for representative teams. Waka Ama New Zealand will manage entries only.




NZ Quota = 6 Teams per division


Open Master

Senior Master 
Golden Master 
Master 70

(W12 for each above Division, Quota = 3 teams per division )

·        As per IVF Rules only three (3) Elite team paddlers can paddle in any one club team W6 and six (6) Elite team paddlers can paddle in any one club team W12. The Club would need to EITHER source three (3) other paddlers for their team (six (6) for W12) OR decline the spot at the World Club Championships.

·       The V1 events will happen throughout the entire week at World Sprints. New Zealand Quota will be filled from the results of finals at the Waka Ama Sprint Nationals 2020.

Paddlers will only be able to qualify in 1 age category for V1

The same deadlines as above apply to V1 paddlers post qualfication, they must confirm their spot by 30 January 2020

Should you have any questions please contact worlds@wakaama.co.nz

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