Rowing is the ultimate team sport. Every person in the boat needs to work together to progress. The younger girls are nurtured and inspired by the older girls. Our Rowing Club is more than a club, it is a family. It is not necessary to have excelled at another sport to become a rower.
Rowing is a high school sport but, because the season starts in the third term (September), girls in Grade 7 are invited to join the Rowing Club. Their first experience of Rowing is at the pre-season Rowing camp held during the last week of August holidays and the season ends after South African Schools’ Championships held during the first weekend of March.
Training is both water-based at Victoria Lake Club in Germiston and land- based in the School’s Ergo Room. Regattas are held on Saturdays. The Club is dependent on the support of families with transport and involvement in the Club.
St Mary’s School Rowing Club has enjoyed much success during the past 17 years and we have won the SA Junior Champs Best Girl’s Club Trophy over 12 times. We are proud of our rowers who have been selected to represent Gauteng. Some girls have gone on to represent South Africa at the Junior World Rowing Championships.