SA rowing community helps out after devastating storm

The Germiston High School rowing shed at Victoria Lake was destroyed in a huge storm that swept across Gauteng on the evening of 17 January 2018. This comes just a week before the RMB VLC Sprints Regatta.

It has taken years for Germiston High School’s rowing team to build up its collection of boats and rowing equipment, which is often donated by private schools. Most of the boats are old, but thanks to Rowing South Africa (RowSA) and local schools, they have managed to build a rowing community at the school that gives pupils the opportunity to row and compete.

Sadly, they lost almost everything in the storm.

The rowing community at Germiston High School has started a crowdfunding page on Go Get Funding to help raise urgent funds ahead of the regatta.

RMB – a proud partner of South African rowing and headline sponsor at next weekend’s RMB VLC Sprints Regatta – together with Team Powerhouse Trust, have committed to make financial contributions towards fixing the boats.

“It is amazing to see the rowing community come together in support,” says RMB’s Alison Badenhorst. “Teamwork and collaboration are key when it comes to rowing as a sport, and this is aligned closely with our culture at RMB. We are devastated by the team’s loss and committed to helping however we can.”

If you would like to contribute to the Germiston High School Rowing crowdfuding page, visit

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