The Rowing Chronicles: Woes of a rowing mom

Being a rowing mom is no joke. When your child expresses an interest in a sport at school, try and steer them in a direction of something quick, like squash, or tennis or no sport at all. Avoid cricket, gymnastics and rowing. It’s Monday morning and I have been regaled with weekend reminisces from my […]

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Welcome to Death Row

  Guess what I got for Christmas? No, not tail lights. That was last year. Not a blender, or a kettle, or an oven. We’ve covered those. I got a rowing machine! When my son’s Rowfit trainer asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I blithely replied that I had bought myself some killer shoes […]

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The Rowing Chronicles – Part 6

  What sounds like a great idea on a sunny Friday afternoon does not seem to be so brilliant in the cold grey dawn of a Sunday morning. Then, it seems like insanity. Firstborn son and I hit the road and headed off to Hartebeespoort Dam at sparrow’s fart on Sunday morning to join my […]

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The Rowing Chronicles Part 5

I kept my glasses on. It sounds small, but it was kind of a BIG deal. If you can keep your glasses on when everything goes to hell in a hand basket, you cling to that small anchor of control like… well, like… a drowning woman clings to a boat. One cold winter’s morning, I […]

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The Rowing Chronicles 03

They call it being bitten. More like receiving a jolt of adrenaline straight to the heart – very Pulp Fiction-esque. Not having been an heroin addict, I can’t say with absolute certainty that rowing is more of an instant addiction, but I imagine it might be. I totally made that definition up, but it sounds […]

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The Rowing Chronicles 02

If I had spent a quarter of the energy I did on avoiding sport on actually doing some, I might’ve been fairly adequate at one. I didn’t, and having now found a sport I love, I only wish I’d found it 20 years ago. I am a sloth. It’s not even my spirit animal. I […]

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Beyond the River

What happens when you put two very different men, from different cultures, with nothing to connect them but a love for the sport they share and the ambition to succeed? This morning I was to come up a with witty, clever, sharp little line for the new movie “Beyond the River.” Having watched the trailer […]

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In pursuit of perfection

It’s the moment each member of the crew hits the perfect rhythm and for those few microseconds there is nothing but the sound of the slide and the faint sound of the blades hitting the water. It’s where the soul finds silence.

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