With the help of Meridian Energy, the Otago Rowing Association are able to provide support to coaches in their first years of coaching, that are coaching school-aged rowers. 

Meridian Coaching Scholars receive up to $800 of financial assistance including equipment, and are offered training opportunities, useful seminars and mentoring from our Coach Support coach. 

Applicants must be doing regular coaching sessions each week and must be available for regattas including Maadi Cup where applicable.


  • Year 13 students and older may apply and be awarded the scholarships.  The scholarships are not just for recent school leavers but for any coaches in their early years of coaching.
  • An individual can only be awarded the scholarship for a maximum of three years total. 
  • A school can only nominate one coach for the scholarship and scholarships cannot be shared between coaches.
  • The applying Coach must be available for a Coaches Conference in Dunedin or Central in November.

If you would like to apply or know of anyone who fits the criteria, please encourage them complete this form

Due Monday 23rd October 2023 along with an email to [email protected] from your school's TIC or head coach endorsing your application. Emma, the ORA manager, will then email them to make sure the School Principal also endorses your application.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to get the email sent by the 23rd October.

ORA Meridian Coaching Scholarship Application 2023

Google Application Forms:

Schools - https://forms.gle/2W4AUqSU3HVnvW917

Clubs - https://forms.gle/zWZFg9jT2r9Yzhcg7