South African Junior Rowers win Silver at the World Rowing Championships

The South African Junior Rowers won Silver at the World Rowing Championships!


Japan – The 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships is doubling as the test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The five days of racing concluded today with the juniors racing for medals at the Sea Forest Waterway and South Africa bringing home the Silver!

The Sea Forest Waterway is one of the very few international regatta courses on saltwater and was built for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Germany made the most of this championship. Sporting a full team of 14 boats, the German team left with 12 medals, five of them gold but South Africa did secure a podium win with the Silver!

Well done to the entire team of talented rowers; Sebastian Prince, Bakang Sebitlaone, Daton Wolfaardt, Nathan Fletcher and Brandon Janse Van Vuuren on this outstanding result!

“Through this experience, I’ve really learned how to trust the process and myself. Even though this is my second World Rowing Junior Championships, you never know what to expect, and it’ll always come down to the race itself,” Bakang sebitlaone explained.

The focus of the championship is not only rowing, as the sport relies on clean water, the focus is also on keeping our waterways clean.

“Rowing is a clean water sport, and everyone involved in rowing has reason to protect this vital resource. In 2011 World Rowing and WWF, the World Wide Fund for Nature formed a global clean water partnership. This engages all rowers, rowing clubs and national rowing federations to work towards safeguarding their freshwater environments.”

Congratulations again to the amazing team. Check out some of the championship photos below:

Sources: South African National Rowing Squad | World Rowing | SA Junior Rowers 
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