Schoolboys take a swing at rowing overseas

2017-04-11 17:22
A team of rowers from Rondebosch Boys’ High School wants to participate in international regattas in the United Kingdom.

A team of rowers from Rondebosch Boys’ High School wants to participate in international regattas in the United Kingdom.

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Five rowers from Rondebosch Boys’ High School will be heading off to the United Kingdom at the end of this month as part of the South African schools rowing development tour.

The rowers, popularly known as the boys in the yellow caps, will be in the national u.16 team that is expected to participate in two international regattas.

They are Akin Brown, Christian Bezuidenhout, Clev Gilliam, George du Plooy and Kyle Henry.

The boys believe this opportunity could be their break into international rowing competitions and educational programmes in the sport of rowing.

Akin says: “This could be a great way to open up educational opportunities for us if we can go and show off what we can achieve in terms of this sport. There are bursaries and scholarships offered to young rowers at international level and all we have to do is to take advantage of the chances we get. It took us a lot of effort to get where we are and we are very happy with our achievements.”

He says they woke up at 05:00 and trained until to 09:00 every day and they still had to get ready for school. They promise to plough back the expertise they would learn overseas to help grow the culture of rowing in the province.

They first need the help of members of the Rondebosch community to raise funds for their trip through donations and an online contest.

Residents can pledge donations for every km the boys row for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Friday.

Residents can also enter the online contest at R50 a person by guessing the fastest time for the 21km – the closest entry will win R500 cash.

For more information find boysintheyellowcaps on Facebook.

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