In the leadup to this year's Boat Race, squad members visited FRBC, where they met some keen young athletes from Kensington Aldridge Academy. Through a Q&A and exciting ergo challenge, some of the best student-athelets in the country offered an awesome insight into rowing to the next generation.
As everybody knows, rowing isn’t easy. Not only is it mentally gruelling, but it tests athletes to the limits of their physical endurance. The physical state of an athlete is almost entirely derived from the work they put in throughout years of training, and the process of becoming a good rower is long and weary.
As a rower myself, I'm massively biased towards the sport, however, I have spent years of my life playing and taking part in loads of different sports and moved on from them all, apart from rowing. Here's why.
Germiston High School is a secondary school in Johannesburg, South Africa with a rowing club full of dedicated young athletes. Many of the children come from disadvantaged backgrounds and the club itself receives minimal support. On the 17th January this year, they were hit by a devastating storm which destroyed the shed and all the equipment that it contains.