With the Mutual and Federal Universities Boatrace fast approaching – the Kowie River has been a hive of activity. Rhodes crews have been busy perfecting their rowing skills, putting more emphasis on speed, endurance and corners. On the sidelines they are motivated by Rhodes staff rowing crew of Sue Smailes, Rod Walker, Sanel Sobahle, Catherine Deiner, Mandla Gagayi; Rose Thornycroft, Mike Bailey, and Jack Bacela – also preparing for a long standing race against the staff of University of Johannesburg.
History was made on 27 September 2014 when Rhodes representatives, Adv. Sue Smailes (Director: Special Project in the VC’s Office), Prof. Rod Walker (Chairman of Sports Council), and Mr Mandla Gagayi (Head of Sport) flew to Cape Town, where they met the board of Varsity Sports at UCT for a brief introduction and presentation by Francois Pienaar.