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Wednesday, 07 November 2012 14:33

Rowing: St.Mary's Gauteng Champs!

The St Mary’s Rowing Team had a great weekend this past weekend when they managed to retain the title they won last year at the Gauteng Rowing Championships.


rowingThe St Mary’s Rowing Club has the excellent record of winning the South African Schools’ Rowing Championships for the past six consecutive years.

The Club was started in 1993 by a father/daughter combination, making St Mary’s the first girls’ school in South Africa to row.

In its first full season (1993 to 1994), the Club competed at every regatta, against other clubs and schools that no longer offer rowing. The Club held its own for the next six years winning the South African Championships until 1997. The Club then spent several years rebuilding and restructuring. The competition stiffened and the Club struggled to gain numbers, winning the South African Championships periodically until 2007. Since then, the Club has dominated the overall standings. The St Mary’s Rowing Club has won 14 out of the 20 South African Championships in which they have competed.

When congratulating the team, Head Coach Caitlin Reed said ‘Winning the championships shows the depth of the club. We won only two races. This meant that the bulk of the points came from crews making the A final’. The top three scores in the Gauteng Girls’ Rowing Schools’ Championships were St Mary’s winning with 265 points, Holy Rosary in second place with 236 points and St Andrew’s third with 193 points.

Over the years, the School has had 37 athletes representing Gauteng at South African Senior Championships and, before that, 11 girls represented Transvaal. St Mary’s has had 25 rowers representing South Africa at the Junior World Championships. Recently, RowSA implemented a development structure, which is aimed at growing the sport. Through this, St Mary’s has had five girls participate in the SASRU organized development tour.

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