The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Rowing Club’s senior men’s A 8+ team recently participated in the International Rowing Regatta of University Eights – St Dujam at the University of Split in Croatia from 13 to 14 May 2023. On Saturday, the opening day of the competition, the Orange Army (UJ) competed in the University Race, finishing in 4th position out of 13 entries.
“This was quite a big achievement for the UJ team given the level of competition and the calibre of universities that competed in the race. We are proud of our team for showcasing the excellent work that we do here at our University,” says UJ Rowing Club Manager and Coach, Mr Sizwe Ndlovu.
Oxford University finished in first position with Cambridge University finishing as runners-up, while Imperial University placed in third place just ahead of UJ. Remarkably, UJ finished ahead of Korea University and the University of Split who finished in positions 5th and 6th, respectively.
The other prestigious universities which competed in the race included Aachen University (Germany), Zagreb University (Croatia), Jagiellonian University (Norway), and Dubrovnik University (Croatia).
In another leg of the competition on the second day (Sunday), the participating universities were clustered continentally to represent Africa, Asia and Europe. The European universities won the competition, with Africa coming in second place ahead of Asia.
The UJ team comprised student-athletes Sven Clausen, Daniel Basson, Christiaan Steyn, Rudy Bellengère, Caleb Haydock, Lyle Swanepoel, Dane Walker, Keegan Reynolds who were coxed by Louise Basson.