St Alban’s College Rowing Club was launched in 2000 and since then it has become one of the major summer sports at the College. Currently the Club has a membership of about 35 boys with an equal number of enthusiastic parents!
Despite the young age of the Rowing Club, relative to other schools, the Club has made outstanding progress, which is evident from the results at the SA Junior Championships over the past few years year. Over the past 10 years we have had 20 Junior South African rowers who have represented South Africa at the Junior World Championships in Europe.
None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for the outstanding dedication and commitment shown by these young rowers; in fact, we have become one of the most respected sculling clubs in South Africa and were awarded the Top Sculling School trophy, as well as the Best Open Division trophy, at the South African junior championships on a number of occasions. The St Alban’s rowing club focuses only in the sculling discipline and strives to be the best sculling club in the country and has successfully achieved this for the past few years. Describing sculling & sweep: Athletes with two oars – one in each hand – are scullers. There are three sculling events: the single (one person), the double (two) and the quad (four). All sculling events except the quad are rowed without a coxswain.
And it’s not just the senior boys in the Club that have been so successful as, for the first time in the history of the Club, our junior under 14 and under 15 crews medalled at South African Junior Championships. The junior boys ultimately form the basis of our future success, and we look forward to having some keen Under 14 rowers join us at the beginning of each year to help us continue this trend. (New boys in other forms joining St Alban’s College are also very welcome.)
Rowing is a sport that you can continue to participate in long after leaving school; over the last 18 months there has been a resurgence of interest at varsity level in rowing and some boys have even been offered scholarships due to their outstanding rowing results. John Smith, an Old Boy of 2008, competed at the World U23 Championships in Brest, in Belarus, and won Gold, which was South Africa’s first ever Gold medal in rowing! John has since gone on to represent South Africa at the Olympic Games where we won a gold medal in 2012. Rowing is not only popular at varsity and there are rowers who still compete at 70 years of age!
There is simply no way that you can excel at Rowing without first learning dedication and perseverance, which can only really be learned by pushing yourself. There is no other sport which requires a team to work together in such perfect harmony: every boy in the boat working in concert towards a single goal.
On an individual level, the sport appeals to goal-orientated boys, as it encourages a single-minded determination to strive towards achievement, whether that means winning or exceeding a personal best. Even the simple pleasure of spending some quiet time alone on the water at dawn is an enriching experience.
Rowing also helps boys become more self-confident both on and off the water, as it encompasses so many life skills, which are a key part of growing up. It is a sport that requires a high level of organization and planning. As their abilities grow, rowers also learn to cope with the pressure and stress of competing - win or lose.
Last but not least, the fitness requirements for rowing are such that for past few years the rowing boys have been consistently the fittest boys in the school; more than half the top 10 boys finishing the School’s Inter-House Bounds are rowers.
For any further information regarding athletics please contact Mr Tiago Loureiro at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rowing captains 2017 - 2018
(LEFT TO RIGHT)
Nicholas Botoulas (vice-captain), Brad Johnston (captain), Daniel Philipps (vice-captain)