RMB National Rowing Squad nets silver and bronze at season’s first international regatta

The RMB National Rowing Squad has started its international season with a fantastic showing at the Rowing World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia – the first international event in the new rowing season. The Men’s Four and Women’s Double Scull both secured medals, with the Men’s Four rowing a particularly impressive race.

The Men’s Four, comprising Henry Torr, James Mitchell, Christopher Baxter, and Jake Green, had a point to prove after being beaten by the Ukrainian boat at the World Championships last year, which pushed them into the B final. The South African crew rowed a brave and determined race, overtaking the Ukrainian boat and pushing onto the fast-starting Swiss crew to secure a silver medal in a time of 6:02.12. This silver medal marks a significant improvement for the Men’s Four, and the team should be proud of their effort.

The Women’s Double Scull, consisting of Katherine Williams and Paige Badenhorst, also performed admirably, securing a solid bronze medal in a time of 7:10.18. The South African crew displayed mature and controlled rowing, staying ahead of the Ukrainian double and having overlap on the Austrian double that finished fourth in the world last year.

“It is extremely exciting and encouraging to once again see the high levels of performance from the RMB National Squad on the international stage,” says RMB’s Head of Brand Lucy Lightfoot. “We would like to congratulate the rowers with the bronze and silver they are bringing home. This first international regatta of the year plays an important role in the squad’s preparation ahead of the Paris Olympics, and the results are indicative of the tremendous effort of Tiago Loureiro RMB National Squad Head Coach and his team and athletes are investing in setting themselves, and South Africa, up for success.”

The RMB National Squad’s success in Zagreb bodes well for the rest of their international season. Their strong showing is a testament to the team’s dedication and hard work, as well as the support they receive from their sponsors, RMB.

Despite the tough competition, the RMB National Squad put in a solid performance, showcasing their skills and determination on the water. For this team, the regatta was their first international race of the season, and they are now focused on building up towards Olympic qualification in Serbia later this year.

Overall, the RMB National Squad’s performance in Croatia demonstrates the team’s potential to compete at the highest levels of international rowing. With continued support and hard work, this group of talented athletes has the potential to achieve great things in the sport and represent their country with pride on the world stage.

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