Five years of rowing at Jeppe has come to an end for Sebastian Prince and it ended on a high note when he won a silver medal at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Japan last week.
He was part of the SA under-19 coxed four, along with four boys from St Benedict’s, and they were less than a second behind the winners, Germany.
Now he’s going to take well-earned break from all rowing before getting back into it slowly ahead of trying to qualify for the SA u-23s early next year.
“I’m finished with school rowing now,” he said. “I haven’t stopped training and competing since 2017, so I need a break. I’m going to stop completely and concentrate on my matric studies before getting back into the training habit in a month’s time.”
It’s been a good five years, he said. “I actually started rowing in grade 6 at Bishop Bavin and then came to Jeppe. The option was to go to St Benedict’s where all the other top juniors were going, but I chose Jeppe and it was the right thing to do.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it here. Bennies may be a better rowing school, but I got a better all-round education here, I think, and I showed that I didn’t have to go there to succeed.”
Sebastian has been unbeaten in the sculls this year, except for at the SA Championships and he has been part of the very successful four as well. “Jeppe’s rowing has come on tremendously in the time that I have been at the school, and we have a very good group of rowers coming through. The future is looking bright,” he said.
Filling the hole that Sebastian Prince’s departure will leave won’t be easy.