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Eastern Cape Champs (29 October)

The Eastern Cape Champs were in East London on the Buffalo River. Odwa Ntamo and Thando Ngoqo won the Under 16 B double, Siphosethu Nazo and Jesta Trollip won the U15 C double, Buhle Plaatjie won the U15 C scull, and Siphosethu, Jesta, Buhle, Ayamangalisa Nqomfo and Anathi Rasmen (cox) won the U15 C quad.

Siphosethu and Jesta far ahead at EC Champs

Akhona and Simthembile taking over the boat

Knysna competition (15-16 October)

We participated in the Halfway Regatta in Knysna for rowing clubs from the Eastern and Western Cape. Thando Ngoqo and Odwa Ntamo won the Under 16 A Double, a great achievement! Other strong results were second places for Odwa Ntamo in Under 15 A Scull and for Anathi Rasmen (cox), Akhona Quma, Simthembile Bari, Thando Ngoqo and Mzwebhongo Mbendeni in Under 19 A Quad. We thank the Eastern Cape Rowing Association for the use of the boat trailer. At last, after all those years, we are able to transport our own boats. (Sorry, we have no competition pictures.)

gold for Odwa and Thando

on our way back from rowing competition in Knysna

ZRC Regatta (1 October)

The best results of our rowers at the ZRC Regatta in Port Elizabeth come from Odwa Ntamo (winning Under 15 A Scull) and from Anathi Rasmen (cox), Akhona Quma, Simthembile Bari, Thando Ngoqo and Sinothando Gonxo (winning Under 19 A Quad). Well done guys! (Sorry, no pictures)

Durban competition (14-17 July)

Nemato participated with four teams at a long distance competition in the Durban harbour. We got silver and bronze out of 25 participating teams! Well done guys! We also did a bit of sightseeing, with visits to the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the beach. In the last picture you see our team with Olympic Gold Medalist Sizwe Ndlovu.

visiting Moses Mabhida Stadium

our team with Sizwe Ndlovu

Rowing camp (24-25 June)

With 12 rowers we went to a rowing camp in East London. It was organised by the Eastern Cape Rowing Association and clubs from Port Elizabeth, Mthatha, East London and Port Alfred participated. Thanks for the nice initiative!

some of the Nemato guys at the rowing camp

rowing the eight

Masters and Novices (16 April)

The Masters & Novices competition in East London was a nice event for master rowers, novices and anybody in between. We spent the night at the clubhouse (was nice, thanks!). The competition was great. Our novice Sinothando Gonxo won in a mixed quad with ZRC, Odwa Ntamo won in the scull and he coxed another winning mixed quad that included our coach Lunga Mcetywa as rower, who also won the scull in his age group.

Sinothando in the winning mixed quad

Odwa with medals as usual

Buffalo Regatta (11-13 February)

This year we went to the Buffalo Regatta in East London. As national competition it's nicer for us that National Championships. Only at Buffalo we are allowed to race against clubs and schools. At Nationals we are as club excluded from racing against schools. Although it was nice to row at Buffalo, it also made it clear that if you want to win here, you can't take this as a pre-season event after a long break for Christmas. We make it to some finals, but we didn't win races.

Nemato beating Grey High School

in the mouth of the whale

New trisuits (February)

Thanks to a donation by the Department of Sport through the Sport for Social Change Network, we received new trisuits. The old ones were few and far over their retiring date. Many thanks for for the much needed donation.

new trisuits for Nemato rowers

Settlers Sprints (30 January)

We competed with eight rowers in the Settlers Sprints in Grahamstown. It was hot and we won medals!

Sinoyolo (in front): first race, first win

it was hot

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