Sebastian Prince rowed for South Africa at the World Junior Championships last year and he is determined to go there again this year – to Japan in August – in a different boat.
He was part of the SA junior coxed four last year, this time he is determined to make it as a single sculler.
“I row in the four and eight for the school, but also in the single and I’m hoping to get into the Gauteng team as the best single sculler this year and, from there into the SA junior team.
To do that, he will have to win the event at SA Schools, he points out, so that’s what he is working towards. Last weekend he took an important 1st step by winning the single sculls race at the regatta at Roodeplaat, rowing against all the top locals. “This weekend is the sprint regatta at VLC, so the distance is much shorter, but I am competing in the mens race so I will test myself against some of the top seniors.”
Sebastian is the captain of the Jeppe rowing section and he is excited about the season ahead. “We have improved dramatically as a club,” he said. “Everyone has improved in their times and there is competition for places in the A boats, which is good.” He cites the example of the 2nd eight, who won their race at Roodeplaat last weekend.
“There is only one matric in that crew and the rest of them were all A team rowers in the past, and one or two have even rowed in the 1st eight. So the future is bright.”
There are few athletes at the school who work harder at their chosen sport that the rowers do. And it’s beginning to pay dividends. We will be watching them with interest.