St Andrew’s College Rowers win Gold at SA Champs

MARCH 6, 2017
St Andrew’s College Rowers win Gold at SA Champs

St Andrew’s College had a really outstanding weekend of rowing at the South African Schools’ Rowing Championships held on the Roodeplaat Dam north of Pretoria over the past weekend. Their early promise in the sprint season was brought to bear at altitude where the coastal teams generally struggle to compete against their Gauteng-based counterparts.

After a difficult week, which included an armed robbery at the venue where they were accommodated, the Club showed tremendous grit and determination in bringing home 8 medals: 3 x Gold, 4 x Silver and 1 x Bronze. The Club’s dominance in winning both the premier 1st and 2nd VIII’s events shows tremendous depth and strength in this boat class.

They backed this up with silver medals in the Open coxed and coxless IV events and a bronze in the Open pairs. The U16 division were competitive in all boat classes and narrowly missed out on the medals. The U15 division showed their tremendous potential in winning the gold and silver in the U15 single sculls, with Jason Thomas setting a new SA Champs course record over the 2000m course. In addition, the U15 Quad claimed the silver medal in this division.

The U14 division put in a stout effort and would have a learnt a great deal about regatta racing that will stand them in good stead going forward. All in all, the St Andrew’s College Rowing Club can look back with much satisfaction on the sprint season and they will look to build on this success going forward.

There is no doubt that a number of these boys will be considered for selection for national crews in the weeks ahead. Head Coach, Chris Holliday, said; “ I am probably more proud of the resilience and grit that the boys displayed over the last week, than the actual results achieved.” Obviously the one aspect often translates into the other.