Keen rower dreams of her own scull

2016-03-24 06:00

Since the first day Phillipa Robinson (14) sat in a scull and experienced rowing, she knew this is a sport that she would like to be the best in.

During 2013, Rosemary Brunette, the coach of Zwartkops Rowing Club (ZRC) visited schools to give a presentation regarding rowing as a sport.

“Phillipa loves water sport and is a keen swimmer. She was immediately interested in rowing. The day she took to the river, it was love at first row for her,” said Juanita Robinson, a single parent who takes pride in her daughter’s dedication to be the best in this sport.

Phillipa excelled from the start. She atten-ded the SA Junior Rowing Championships during 2014, 2015 and 2016. Now she is practising for the SA Junior Nationals which will be held from April 30th to May 1st at Roodeplaat Dam, Pretoria.

“It is a first for me at this nationals and I really, really want to do good,” said Phillipa.

She will be accompanied by four other girls as well as boys from the ZRC development team.

“Each of the rowers need to raise their own funds to be able to attend the nationals. Rowing is a rare and selective sport, therefore it is expensive,” said Juanita.

It is Phillipa’s dream to have her own scull, but a good scull costs about R75 000. In raising funds, the mother and daughter team makes rootis which they sell at work and school. Phillipa is a Grade 8 learner at Daniel Pienaar THS. They will also have a chicken braai during the first weekend in April.

As as a single mum it’s difficult for Juanita to maintain her daughter’s sport interest. Therefore they request the public for their support of the rooti sales and chicken braai.

  • For rooti orders call Juanita Robinson on 079 018 5150 or 041 988 8229.

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