Gauteng rowing champs lower the curtain


The school sport season winds up this weekend with the Gauteng Schools Rowing Championships taking place at Roodeplaat Dam on Saturday.

Master in charge of rowing, Mr Devin Cripwell looks forward to the regatta:

An interesting aspect of Jeppe’s participation is the inclusion of a number of grade 7 oarsmen who are starting at Jeppe in Januray, but who have already expressed an interest in rowing as a sport.

It will all be new to them – they have had just one regatta in preparation –but they are a small, yet committed bunch, who could surprise a few of the bigger schools come the weekend. Crews to look out for will be Zenith Griessel in the Single Scull and Zenith Griessel and Joshua Gillespie in the Double Scull. These two will also team up with the rest of their crew for the A Quad, and could pull off an upset.

Rowers to watch out for include Phoenix Griessel, who like his little brother Zenith, is one to watch in the Single Scull in the under-15s. Phoenix will team up with Nicholas Bonthuys to compete in the double, and those two join Cuan Thompson, Gabriel Camara and Liam McCourt in the quad. All three boats are serious medal contenders.

It’s a big step up from under-15 to under-16, and this age group is still adjusting. That being said, they have a really quick Eight which will definitely look to secure a medal. James Wetselaar has also finished just outside the medals in the build up regattas, but may have a point to prove.

In the under-19 age group, the only ‘2nd’ Division race is the Eight, and our Second VIII will have a good shot at a medal.

In the First Team events, it has been a learning curve, as the 1st VIII is made up primarily of Grade 10 rowers. That said, they have been moving the small boats really well, and will be looking to pick up some medals in the Pair (Karl Kaminski and Jaryd Johnston) as well as in the Coxed Four (Karl Kaminski, Jaryd Johnston, Sebastian Prince, Brendon Zodiates and Nizaam McBride). They are untested in the Eight, but don’t be surprised if they pop up in medal contention.