Over the past week, a group of five St Andrew’s College rowers have been training and competing in the Lower-Saxony region of Germany at the invitation of the regional sporting federation and in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. This rowing exchange forms part of a broader scheme of sporting exchanges between the two regions and we expect to welcome a team from Lower-Saxony to compete at the Buffalo Regatta next year.
Following our arrival in Hannover on Wednesday 22nd September, the squad was based at the regional high-performance center and we immediately set about preparations for the North German Championship Regatta held in Hamburg over the weekend.
The Eastern Cape squad, comprising of rowers from St Andrew’s College, Grey and Selborne were able to compete across multiple disciplines with the St Andrew’s rowers focusing their efforts on the fours and eights events. All the rowers acquitted themselves incredibly well against opposition of the highest standard, including in many cases, members of the German junior national team.
Following the regatta, we were able to enjoy a number of cultural activities, including a visit to Volkwagen’s original factory in Wolfsburg, the historical town of Celle with a number of UNESCO Heritage sites as well as a number of other junior and senior rowing clubs in the region where the team received a warm welcome from members.
The tour was an incredible opportunity for our rowers to broaden their horizons in the sport and experience a very different approach than we are used to at home. Our sincere thanks go to all those who made this possible, especially our hosts in Lower-Saxony.