Jeppe rowers were in action at the season-ending SA National Regatta at Roodeplaat at the weekend.
This event is arranged for the senior rowing clubs but this year there were junior age groups included after the SA Schools Championship could not be staged in March because of the Covid-19 restrictions on sport.
Jeppe entered crews in a number of races, but we did not send a full team. Some of the junior rowers are in the national development squads and they rowed for them, although they were allowed to race for the school when there was not a clash in their race schedules.
The winter sports season has started as well, and a number of boys who are committed to their winter sports did not attend.
The Under-18 Eight crew, for example, was a mixture of senior and junior rowers. They rowed in an older boat – Damascus, our new eight, will only be used by official 1st teams in official school regattas, so it’s debut has been delayed. The young Jeppe eight came third, never-the-less, which was a very good result for them.
Rowing coach, Mr Chris Paynter, points out that the main thing was to give the boys an opportunity to compete in a real competition in a year when that didn’t seem likely.
“We did very well, however,” he said. “Jeppe crews won a number of medals, including four golds, and our rowers who were in the SA Development Squad boats also came home with medals.
”The medal winners were:
Under-15 single, Gold – Logan Roodt
Under-15 double, Gold – Logan Roodt, Mario Alho
Under-16 pair, Bronze – Troy Jarvis, Liam Anderson Under-18 pair, Bronze – Darian Ferreira , Sven Clausen
Under-18 quad, Gold – Robert Preston, Liam McCourt, Joshua Gillespie, Darian Ferreira, Sven Clausen
U18 four, Gold – Robert Preston, Michael Concalves, Joshua Gillespie, Darian Ferreira, Sven Clausen
U18 eight, Bronze – Robert Preston, Troy Jarvis, Blayde Franken, Terence Laughton, Mandla Green, Christiano De Freitas, Joshua Gillespie, Darian Ferreira, Sven Clausen
The following Jeppe rowers won medals while rowing for the SA National Development Squads (under-15 and under-16):
Under-15 – Logan Roodt Gold Eight, Gold Quad; Mario Alho Gold Eight, Gold Quad
Under-16 – Blayde Franken Gold Four; Mandla Green Gold Eight, Silver Four, Bronze Single; Cristiano de Freitas Gold Eight, Gold Four.