Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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By Kaamil Adams

This article is exclusive to the online Edition 1 of VARSITY Newspaper. 

 

UCT Rowing Club has made a major mark amongst South Africa’s top rowing institutions. What drives their success?

It began in 1912, when eight men felt the need to rise at 4am, put on body suits and move in the wrong direction. From pure wood boats to Carbon Fibre oars, the sport, like many others, has rapidly evolved.

Image from UCT Rowing Club’s Facebook page.

However, the passion never changed. The club prides itself in accommodating some of South Africa’s top athletes who have represented our National Squad. The standard of rowing at UCT has escalated to the point of national and international students basing their choice of university on the excellence of the club. This, when paired with outstanding academic performance, makes UCT the ultimate choice for a rowing athlete.

The amount of work done behind the scenes of the club, most definitely contributes to the club’s past and future successes. It is all of the work done together by all of the students, rowers, and executive committee members that positions this club where it is today.

With less than a month remaining, the annual University Sport South Africa (USSA) Rowing championships await UCT Rowing Club’s arrival. With fresh and new faces, the club is hopeful that they will set a high bar for what is to come this year.

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