The St Andrew’s College Rowing Club enjoyed considerable success at the South African Schools Rowing Champs held on the Roodeplaat Dam in Gauteng over this past weekend. Being one of the smaller clubs at the regatta it was impressive that virtually all the crews qualified for the A Finals of their events and that they garnered 8 medals in total, made up of 2 gold, 1 silver, and 5 bronzes. There was an excellent atmosphere up at the regatta and the weather, although very hot, was perfect for rowing. This produced some exciting racing.
The U14 age-group did very well with Jason Thomas winning gold in the U14 Single Sculls and Brendan Mouritzen securing the bronze medal in the same event. They followed this up with bronze in both the quad and octuple events. The U15’s were happy to come away with a bronze medal in the octuple, whilst the open 2nd VIII, stroked by Alistair Muskett, swept all before them to win their event by a considerable margin. The open coxed IV, stroked by Henry Torr, did very well to earn a silver medal, whilst the open 1st VIII, stroked by Torr, were involved in a very close tussle in the premier event of the day to secure the bronze medal.
All in all the Club showed tremendous depth and support for each other and they can be well pleased with their sprint season. The success of the junior crews bodes well for the future of the Club.