Jeppe finished fourth overall, and were the top state school, at the SA Schools Rowing Championships at Roodeplaat Dam last weekend.
The club won eight medals, including two golds, and 17 Jeppe boats made it into A finals – the best performance by the club in a number of years.
The gold medals were won by Josh Gillespie in the under-16 single scull and by the under-14 double crew Sean Stork and Logan Roodt. They have all been included in SA Rowing’s junior development squad for this year.
Jeppe master in charge of rowing, Mr Devin Cripwell, said the improvement in the group has been very pleasing. “We have more crews making the A finals and scoring points now, and they have been more competitive,” he said.
The school’s 1st eight won its heat and made the A final, where they finished fourth, just outside of the medals which was a great performance.
Gold – under-14 Double (Sean Stork and Logan Roodt); under-16 Single (Josh Gillespie).
Silver – under-15 Quad – (Luca Silva, Blayde Franken, Brooklyn Coetzer, Cristianao de Freitas and Kian Lawrensen); under-16 Pair (Darian Ferreira and Jeb Molteno);.
Bronze – under-14 Double- Siya Nhlanga and Mario Alho); under-15 Octuple Luca Silva, Blayde Franken, Brooklyn Coetzer, Cristianao de Freitas, Kian Lawrensen, Ryan Laughton. Liam Anderson, Tyle Janse van Rensburg and Troy Jarvis); under-16 Quad (Sven Clausen, Robert Preston, Devon Lacy, Ryan Dean and Reece Arran); under-19 Four (Dylann Brown, Cameron de Araujo, Connor Bronkman, Nic Bonthuys, Zain Saeed).
The overall improvement is the club’s performance in recent years has been tremendous. In 2013 Jeppe came 14th at the SA Champs on 29 points. Since then they have been climbing steadily up the table. In 2018 we were 7th on 174 points, and last year 7th again with 152 points and 4th this year on 205 points.
The final school standings were: 15 St Georges, 14 Hilton, 13 Selborne, 12 Parktown, 11 Grey High, 10 Rondebosch, 9 Bishops, 8 SACS, 7 KES, 6 St Stithians, 5 St Andrew’s College, 4 Jeppe (205), 3 St John’s (212), 2 St Alban’s (219), 1 St Benedict’s (431).