- Callan Barrell and Cameron Taberer have helped South Africa to make it into the semi-finals of the World Rowing Junior Championships in Japan
- The two young men come from humble beginnings and were selected from the Parktown Boys’ High School rowing club
- The tournament not only focuses on rowing, but huge emphasis is placed on the sustainability of freshwater environments
Many people would be forgiven for the assumption that rowing is an elitist sport.
Images of the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge race often springs to mind when the sport is discussed.
However, two South African boys from humble backgrounds are making their mark at international level.
South Africa qualified for the semi-finals of the World Rowing Junior Championships in Japan on Thursday and Callan Barrell and Cameron Taberer played pivotal roles in the success.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the team finished in third place to secure their entry into the next round.
Good Things Guy reported that the two boys were plucked from the Parktown Boys’ High School rowing club by the national team.
Portia Gericke, an admirer of the two boys, revealed that they’ve been rowing together for years.
She said, “Both boys are from a government school, they come from humble beginnings and they show amazing talent and that hard work pays off.”
She added, “In 2011 World Rowing and WWF, the World Wide Fund for Nature, formed a global clean water partnership. This engages all rowers, rowing clubs and national rowing federations to work towards safeguarding their freshwater environments.”
Not only is the South African rowing team making us proud on the water, they’re playing their part to protecting the environment as well.
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