SA rowing four hope inspire Africa

2012-08-04 08:02

Olympic gold-winning rowing men’s lightweight four Sizwe Ndlovu, John Smith, James Thompson and Matthew Britain said they hoped their win would inspire more people to take up the sport.

Their victory this week was the first time South Africa has won gold in rowing with Team SA’s previous best result being a bronze at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece.

“In South Africa a lot of Africans shy away from water sport and I hope this will inspire not only them but Africa,” said Sizwe Ndlovu who made up a formidable stroke pair with John Smith.

Smith said they had a low-profile celebration.

“We had a quiet dinner with supporters and a toast with parents, it was very civil,” he said to much laughter of the media during a press conference yesterday.

Said Ndlovu: “We had to believe it – at the start the conditions were good but got bad later.”

Team coach Paul Jackson said of the milestone: “Everyone wants to be my friend on Facebook and I don’t even know how to use it. But this is a massive victory for the sport and we enjoyed consistent support from Sascoc.”

» Read more on Sizwe Ndlovu in City Press on Sunday

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