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Photo Credit: Rowing South Africa

Paige Badenhorst has qualified for the Paris Olympics, where she’ll join the likes of legend John Smith and young hotshot Chris Baxter as the Olympic rowers, making South Africa proud!


South Africa (05 July 2024) — With only a handful of weeks to go until the 2024 Paris Olympics, we can already hear South Africa’s voice roaring in support of our athletes. From Olympic rowers to gymnasts, much of our star team has already been announced, and it’s a long list to be very excited about.

Some names on the lineup are seasoned and in the running to make fantastic comebacks like Wade van Niekerk, while some are making history by representing their fields for the first time in ages, like fencer Harry Saner.

But all share a common denominator: they’re going to do their utmost best to make South Africa proud.

For our Olympic rowers, a unique dynamic will play out for team South Africa that merges upcoming talent and a wealth of experience as Olympian John Smith (who won Gold in 2012) and young hotshot Chris Baxter (2022 World Record holder) team up to navigate their dynamic.

It’s an exciting time for Gauteng as both Olympic rowers attended schools in the province and both race for the University of Pretoria Rowing Club.

While the Men’s Pair dynamic is something new, it’s a thrilling chance for South Africa to bring different eras of talent together to create what we’re sure will be a memorable Olympic season.

In other news to be proud of, Paige Badenhorst has successfully qualified for the Olympics where she’ll compete in the Women’s Single Scull!

Another Gautenger who attended St Andrew’s School for Girls in Senderwood before representing Michigan University, Cambridge University and at present, the University of Pretoria, this incredible athlete has definitely earned her moment in the sun!

Sources: Row SA 
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