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Thursday, 15 April 2010 14:11

SACS Rowers SA Champs Again!

Over the last three seasons SACS Rowing has seen its best ever results. Under the stewardship of Richard Found, as Master in Copy_of_actionCharge, Brendan Gliddon ('08), as Head Coach and Robbyn Moir,Chair of the Parent committee, the club has become a force in South African Rowing.

On the 28th February 2010 the club crowned its achievement by defending their 2009 Gold medals in the 1st Eight and Pair at the Schools South African Championships at Roodeplaat, Pretoria.

Silver medals were also achieved by the U16 Pair and Bronze in the U14 Double. The 1st Eight has not been beaten by South African opposition since December 2008 in the Schools Boat Race in Port Alfred. This year in the same event we once again made the A final, but were beaten by Abingdon School, Oxford (UK), who were on tour. This was a real challenge for SACS as Abingdon had made the final of the Henley regatta in the previous year. SACS have also won the 1st Eights at the Buffalo and Selborne regattas in both 2009 and 2010 and remain unbeaten for the last two seasons in the various Western Cape Rowing regattas.

These achievements have firmly placed SACS as one of the foremost rowing schools in the country. Producing oarsmen who not only go on to represent their country, but also give back in the form of coaching - without this return the club would almost be impossible to run. Also, it must here be noted that Geoff Olivier has committed many years to the club, in fact coaching Brendan Gliddon when he was a junior. In many ways our success is his as without his tireless contribution to the club, there would be no rowing at SACS.

The club now enters a period of change as Richard, Brendan and Robbyn all move on to new challenges. However, as the club is passed onto a new group of leaders, I am sure the achievements of the last three years will be surpassed and the oarsmen will continue to
shout 'Row SACS Row!'

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