Sebastian Prince is taking a break. Jeppe rowing coach Mr Devin Cripwell has told him to take two weeks off to recover from what he describes as the hardest four months of training that he has ever undergone, before getting ready for the schools rowing season that lies ahead.
Sebastian has just come back from the Junior World Championships, in Racice, Czech Republic where he rowed in the junior mens coxed four. “We came third in the B final, which is ninth overall,” he said, “but our time was the fastest any SA under-19 crew has ever done, so we were happy with our performance.”
Those races were the culmination of a process that began with the SA Schools and Junior championships back in March where Sebastian was selected to go to trials. “I made it through and after much training and another trials regatta I was chosen, along with a boy from KES, one from St Alban’s, and two from St Benedict’s, to go to the world champs.”
It was the trip of a lifetime, Sebastian said. “I learnt so much about rowing and training techniques and I’m looking forward to passing it on to the other rowers here at Jeppe.”
There has been a steady improvement in Jeppe rowing in recent years, according to Sebastian, and he believes it is going to get even better. “I think we have rowers who are good enough to make SA squads and crews that can win races at inter school regattas, as long as the attitude of the rowers is right,” he said.
Until then, while the rest of the team is already hard at training ahead of the new season, Sebastian is kicking his heels, but raring to get going again.