Honours Citation - Matthew Kroon - St Andrew's College

Honours Citation – Matthew Kroon

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Honours Citation – Matthew Kroon

Matthew has rowed for the St Andrew’s College First VIII since 2012. He has stroked the First VIII for the last two seasons as well as the First IV and First Pair.

In 2012 Matthew was selected as part of the Under 16 National Development Squad to attend a tour to Ghent, Belgium. He represented South Africa in both the Under 16 and Under 18 Eights and received Gold medals for both events. Matthew was also awarded his Eastern Cape Half Colours and St Andrew’s College rowing Colours

In 2013 Matthew Rowed in the First Pair and was unbeaten over 2000m. He received a gold medal at the SA Championships and was invited as a trialist for the Junior Elite team. Matthew was selected to row in the pairs at the 2013 World Rowing Championship, however, he had to withdraw due to his pair partner being unavailable for the event. Matthew would have received his full National Colours had he attended. Matthew also received Full Eastern Cape Rowing Colours and was re awarded School Colours.

2014 saw Matthew take over as captain of the Rowing Club. He showed a terrific work ethic and was always willing to push himself and his team mates further. Although their first National Regatta saw them placed 5th, Matthew’s motivation for success never faded. He stuck to the process and saw the crew placed 3rd at the Buffalo Regatta and in an exciting final; The First VIII won the silver medal. This was the first podium finish for College in four years.

Matthew was once again invited as a trialist for the Junior elite team. He made it through to the final round of selections. Matthew decided to withdraw to focus on his Grade 12 academic results. Matthew was ranked 2nd in the country over the 2000m ergometer. Matthew was rewarded Full Eastern Cape Colours and again Re awarded School Colours.

Matthew’s commitment to the St Andrew’s College Rowing Club and his determination for success as an elite athlete have led to a shift in culture. He has been an outstanding athlete and leaves College with four medals from SA Championships alongside many other outstanding results.