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SA rowers raring to race at Rio Games

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By Mark Etheridge

They had two boats in London and South Africa’s rowers have more than doubled their representation at next month’s Rio Olympics.
Under the strict eye of national coach Roger Barrow, the rainbow nation will now have no fewer than five boats taking to the water.
Road to Rio 2016 asked a few of them just what it meant to them.

JAMES THOMPSON
‘It’s fantastic to have been given the opportunity to race at the Games again. We have dedicated four years to preparing for Rio and are excited to get out there and see what we can put together.’

LEE PERSSE
‘It’s a great feeling to be going to my second Olympics! I’m feeling very excited about Rio and getting the chance to take what I learnt in London and using my experience there to help me in my racing in Rio! It’s so exciting that we have a much bigger rowing squad going this time around, with five crews going the vibe in the team has been great in the build up and I’m looking forward to putting all our hard work and training together to see what we can all achieve!’

KATE CHRISTOWITZ
‘Making the Olympic team has been a dream of mine since 2008 when I competed at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria. I have had extreme ups and downs since then, but finally I am on the up and Rio is a reality!’

JOHN SMITH
‘So excited and ready to race for my country once again.’


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