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Rowers up for challenge
- Updated: October 29, 2010
Team South Africa have all but wrapped up their preparations for the World Rowing Championships that start in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand on Sunday.
They’ve been in New Zealand for more than a week now fine-tuning for the tough challenge that lies ahead in the week-long championships. The first few days were spent in Rotorua’s Lake Okarakea before they moved to the competition venue on Friday.
Said team manager Roger Barrow: “The final morning in Rotorua was a dark and cloudy one. The dark clouds hung over our heads but we were blessed with some magic water and peaceful winds. It was all about us when we hit the waters of Lake Okareka. The South African four was on fire and the men’s pair was like a raging bull with ballet shoes. It was graceful but if you got in the way, you were done.
“After the morning row the trailer was packed and our bags were ready to head off to┬áholy land, Lake Karapiro. This is where we will be put to the test. This is where the best in the world will be brought before us. This is where we will race the ÔÇ£world championsÔÇØ. World championsÔÇØ — we will put their names to the test. Two kilometres of ‘never back down.
Upon arrival to the mother land of rowing, we saw our battle ground. Two kilometres of buoys in the hills of New Zealand. Our hearts were racing. We looked our enemy in the eyes. Sunday can’t come soon enough.”
Stirring stuff indeed. Sunday will see just what our stuff our teams are made of.