Rowing


Overview

Rowing at Bishops is considered one of the five major sports along with Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Water Polo.
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There are several local competitions but all of the national championships in which we compete are upcountry. While Bishops has always been represented at the national regattas it is only recently that the club has started to really be competitive and flourish.

The club now consistently produces national championship crews along with provincial and national representations. While achieving these results, a high emphasis is placed on academics and time management, so as to produce exceptional individuals that can continue rowing at the best tertiary educational institutes in the world.

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Vision

Bishops is one of the leading schools in South Africa as far as sport is concerned and our reputation for sporting excellence is world-wide. In keeping with the ethos of our school, we believe that sport plays a vital role in the development of young men. In particular, we believe that participation in a team sport enhances the educational experience. To this end, it is a school rule that all boys must play an official school sport during both summer and winter terms.

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History

The recorded history of rowing racing dates back to 1430 BC in Egypt. In Modern times rowing races were the first ever inter collegiate sporting competitions in the USA and second in the UK, with clubs being founded in the early 1800s.

Bishops first rowed in a race in 1937 in a four on Table Bay. Competing crews were Bishops Day Boys, School House, Rondebosch Day-boys and Rondebosch Boarders. In 1977 saw the start of rowing in earnest at Bishops, with an eight racing at SA Champs for the first time in 1978.

However things went quiet until 1984 when John Peake resurrected the club, getting a boathouse built at Zeekoevlei. Since then the rowing club has been slowly but steadily been building. The first junior national representation was in 2004 in the coxed four. We currently have five junior national caps.

Facilities & Coaching

Bishops boat house, opened in 2012, is situated at the Zeekoevlei Yacht Club in Grassy Park. We have a fleet of 33 boats, comprising of 3 Octopulls, 3 eights, 4 fours, 4 quads, 6 pairs, 3 doubles and 10 singles. We have two trailers to get out boats to all the regattas and four coach launches.