The Gauteng Junior Rowing Championships took place from Friday 2 November to Sunday 4 November. Though many schools were writing examinations, the turnout was phenomenal.
The Friday began with stellar performances from the senior rowers in the sculls and pair sweep races. By the end of day one, we had five pair sweep boats and five scull boats in the finals. By Saturday, St Mary’s was ahead of all competing girls’ schools.
The racing was explosive and extremely entertaining when our girls pushed ahead of the competition with an aggressive “go for home” attitude during that last stretch of water.
Sunday, the last day of Gauteng Champs, arrived bringing with it a different sense of nervousness at hearing the long-awaited results at prizegiving. The Spirit Squad and other supporters arrived in St Mary’s colours, ready to shout with us on the banks. The support was palpable in the air as the entire club clapped off the first quad and cheered for them as they got off the water from a successful race in the finals – receiving a silver medal.
St Mary’s placed second overall, 14 points behind St Andrew’s. Despite not winning that top place, we remember that rowing has more aspects to it than winning. In the other aspects of the beloved sport, I think we more than won – in spirit, in pride, but most importantly, in the coming together of different people united by one love, in one club.