SA rowing squad to compete in East London
The full South African rowing squad will feature in the 133rd Buffalo Regatta, South Africa’s most famous and historical rowing event, from February 13 to 15 at East London’s Buffalo River ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.
The Buffalo Regatta consists of a six lane sprint racing over 1 000 and 2 000 meters. Aside from the national team, rowing universities, clubs and schools across the country and 2 000 visitors will experience the three-day race.
There has been over 1 000 competitors and 200 events have been televised by SuperSport over the last few years. Two of the events, namely the Silver Sculls (for Senior A Single Sculls) and Grand Challenge (for Senior A Coxless Fours) are highly coveted races that every oarsman aspires to win for the two magnificent trophies at stake commonly regarded as the most valuable trophies in South Africa.
This is a special year as the Buffalo Regatta falls on an Olympic year making it an important training, racing and selection regatta for the South African National squad. Roger Barrow; coach of the South African Men's National Rowing team is bringing the Men’s squad to race the Grand Challenge, the Men’s Pairs and the Silver Sculls.
The team has been training hard and the rowing community are in for a treat to watch these athletes’ race at their peaks. Business is expected to boom in Buffalo City during this prestigious and popular rowing event.