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Rhodes women’s team snatch win from Tuks

Date Released: Sun, 16 September 2012 18:00 +0200

The hard training and preparations has paid off for Rhodes University B rowing team this year, as they managed to win first place in the 2012 Boat Races in Port Alfred.

Smiling brightly after their  win,  rower Samantha Beckley, Rhodes University B team member says,  “We trained real hard this year, we had hours and hours of rowing and we had our best practice during intervarsity before coming to practice at the Kowie river.”

Beckley has been with the B rowing team for two years  and was part of the team that lost to the University of Pretoria  also known as ‘Tuks’, in the 2011 Boat race.

Appropriately called ‘The Avengers Crew’, and training under a new coach, Ryan MacNeil, the B team had to train as hard as the A crew. The team started with 10 girls and only the best nine girls were chosen to represent Rhodes University. Making this team one of the strongest B teams Rhodes has ever had.

“It was tough and rowing is never easy, but we all fought for it, put in the effort and we deserve to win,” says Beckley.

Rowing is a passion for the 22 year old Biochemist honors student, “This is an amazing sport, it teaches you a lot about yourself,” she says, “I am passionate about it because it is a hard sport and requires a lot of dedication and commitment, you cannot row unless you are passionate.”

Although they came first but because that are in the B division the team will be awarded a bronze medal for their efforts.

The Avengers have shown revenge is a dish best served cold.

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Photo and story by Pamela Kyando