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Get Our Extraordinary Oarswomen to the World Championships!

Get Our Extraordinary Oarswomen to the World Championships!

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Sarah McKay, Caitlin Miller, Helen Moore, Catherine Roberg, Courtney Westley, Kelsey Gems and Erin Hallaby have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo!  

After a tough selection process, these girls are thrilled to be putting South African Junior Women’s rowing on the world stage, competing in the coxed four and double. Representing their country is truly a dream come true for the squad.

With an unwavering commitment to their sport, the girls are training 7 days a week to showcase South African rowing on an international level. 

But we need you!

Their dream of competing in Tokyo comes with the hurdle of financing their trip. All South African Junior National Rowing is self-funded. Families have to raise funds to cover the costs of hiring boats, travel, accommodation, training camps, national blazers and racing kit.  We are appealing to all our friends, family, colleagues, rowing community and schools to support them in their endeavours by contributing as much as you can to help cover the cost of R 125 000 per girl.

The squad leaves for Tokyo on the 1st August 2019!

Funds will cover return flights, accommodation, meals, travel, boat hire & kit as well as the National Junior Rowing camp leading up to Championship.

Each girl in the squad has dedicated years of training to reach this pinnacle in their rowing careers and they aspire to represent their country in Tokyo wearing Green and Gold!

*Funds raised will be administered to Rowing South Africa by BackaBuddy.

Donations

  • Jul 23, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Congratulations to all. Special congratulations to Caitlin Miller. Wishing you all a fantastic time with many wonderful memories." - Linda

  • Jul 22, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "So proud of you young ladies ??" - Veronica Maraschin

  • Jul 22, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Very well done and good luck. " - Neal McAlpine

  • Jul 22, 2019 - R 10 000.00
  • "Congratulations and good luck girls" - Reynold

  • Jul 18, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Congratulations and good luck ladies ????" - Scotty pack ????

  • Jul 17, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck girls" - Anonymous

  • Jul 16, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck ladies!" - Anon

  • Jul 16, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "Go girls! " - First Consulting Alliance RF (Pty) Ltd

  • Jul 15, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good Luck Helen Moore!" - Michelle Roberts

  • Jul 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "What Vereet said! Have a blast girls, this is the experience of a lifetime xxx" - BB

  • Jul 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Go for it" - Sean Stewart

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Good Luck!" - Richard Cottrill

  • Jul 12, 2019 - USD $ 35.96
  • "Good luck Caitlin" - Kevin gray

  • Jul 09, 2019 - R 411.28
  • "Good luck from a Western Cape Rowing Family" - Gill

  • Jul 08, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Team SA" - JB

  • Jul 08, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Sarah and Team! You make us proud!" - Kevin Anderson

  • Jul 06, 2019 - USD $ 74.58
  • "Good luck Helen and team. Go well but try not to beat the Brits!" - Neil Bowman

  • Jul 04, 2019 - R 2 030.00
  • "We are soooooo proud of you and your team Sarah :-) ????" - Steven, Lesley, Abbi and Rach

  • Jul 04, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "You and your team have got this my girl .... kick ass! Love Eddie, Glyn, Tarryn & Colin" - Eddie Hallaby & family

  • Jul 04, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Go kick butt !" - mike

  • Jul 03, 2019 - R 3 010.00
  • "Erin if you are anything like your father I know you will kick ass my dear, all the best" - Peter Botha

  • Jul 03, 2019 - R 2 010.00
  • "Wishing you all the best of luck" - Kneales

  • Jul 03, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Good luck Girls" - Litha Sabio

  • Jul 02, 2019 - USD $ 223.32
  • "Best of luck Helen & team!" - Todd & Debbie House

  • Jul 02, 2019 - R 600.00
  • "Congratulations girls. Awesome achievement" - Finance Team

  • Jul 02, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Good luck hope you do well at the event God Bless" - Zonia Marais

  • Jul 02, 2019 - R 2 010.00
  • "Good Luck!" - Chris Copeland

  • Jul 02, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck girls. " - Davida

  • Jul 02, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Fantastic achievment girls, so awesome Kelsey :) : )" - Kulture Club

  • Jul 01, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream...good luck girls" - The Govetto's

  • Jul 01, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck!" - Reece McGregor

  • Jul 01, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Go Courtney and team " - Clausen Family

  • Jul 01, 2019 - R 4 112.80
  • "Good luck for Tokyo girls!!" - The Gray family

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best Helen - we will be following your progress." - van heerden's

  • Jun 28, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you all the best! So proud of Erin and Kelsey! The Hindley’s " - Hindley

  • Jun 28, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Chests up, hearts open. Go South Africa!" - Trubshaws

  • Jun 28, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Good Luck girls, enjoy the experience" - Pam Govender

  • Jun 28, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Enjoy the experience" - Emily, Georgiana and Phillippa

  • Jun 28, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "So proud of you Sarah & Team! LLet me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. ” Special Olympics athlete oath. Lots of love xxxx" - Pauline Adams

  • Jun 28, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck ladies, make us proud" - Vischal

  • Jun 27, 2019 - USD $ 198.85
  • "Good luck Helen and crew!" - Chicago Fishers!

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Sarah and team ..... we all behind you and cheering your future success!" - Ronster

  • Jun 27, 2019 - USD $ 36.98
  • "Good luck Sarah!" - Pritesh

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Good luck my Champions...there will be an angel on your shoulder." - Andre de Meyer

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 4 112.80
  • "Great achievement girls, go for it Team SA!!!! " - The Hamer Family, Sydney

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 3 500.00
  • "Your tenacity, commitment and focus is inspiring! Keep striving, keep roWINg!" - Women supporting amazing young women

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Show them what SA is made of whilst having fun." - Tumelo Lottering

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck ladies!" - Prabashnee

  • Jun 26, 2019 - R 2 000.00
  • "Wunderbar" - Sven & Sabina

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Go get the gold! ????" - Craig and Helen

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 2 510.00
  • "Well done Catherine and teammates!" - OWA Ceiling Systems SA

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck Sarah and team Green & Gold" - Wian & Lucy

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Good luck Sar bear :-)" - Marcelle Vlachos

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Good Luck girls" - Graeme Yates

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "Good luck girls! Make us proud!" - Raymond Grieger

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "So proud Kelsey. Good Luck girls" - Nana

  • Jun 24, 2019 - USD $ 210.63
  • "All the best to all of you!!!!!" - Laura for Helen!

  • Jun 24, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Go get them girls" - Caron Askew

  • Jun 24, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Sarah and team good luck" - Rosy Baker

  • Jun 24, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Good luck and cherish every moment! " - Nic Bonthuys

  • Jun 23, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck guys ! I back you all the way and can’t wait to see what you do in Tokyo." - Georgia watson

  • Jun 23, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck girls!!! Bring home the gold Erin. Lots of love the Riemanns" - Herve Riemann

  • Jun 23, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck Erin. Love and best wishes to you and your team. Pat Louw" - Pat Louw

  • Jun 22, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Courtney" - Kate Moore

  • Jun 21, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck! " - Rich & Becca

  • Jun 21, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck and also enjoy" - Willem Barnard

  • Jun 21, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "The Girls in the Boat - awesome achievement!" - Weatherman Family

  • Jun 20, 2019 - USD $ 69.83
  • "With all of our love" - Daniel & Briony Brickell

  • Jun 20, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck girls! " - A St Mary's Rowing family

  • Jun 20, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Well done Erin and teammates. Good Luck!" - George

  • Jun 20, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Go for it!" - Ian Basson

  • Jun 20, 2019 - R 2 010.00
  • "Well done girls - we are with you all the way" - Joanna & Peter

  • Jun 20, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "Good luck!!!" - Sanjay & Thimali

  • Jun 19, 2019 - USD $ 519.05
  • "Good Luck!!" - Katie and Dave Young

  • Jun 19, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Go girls!! Make us proud " - Greg Nethers

  • Jun 19, 2019 - USD $ 34.44
  • "Good luck" - Mike and Nicki Ryan

  • Jun 18, 2019 - USD $ 115.44
  • "Good luck and enjoy Tokio " - Benteler Family Germany

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Row with heart girls. We are behind you all the way. Nikki Bush" - Nikki Bush

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Great achievement so far keep doing what you doing. " - Olly and ings

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Go for it and most of all, ENJOY the experience" - Alan Hartman

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck girls " - Rob Rogan

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 1 500.00
  • "wishing you well girls " - jimmy, bridget and Cholinga Chakwawa

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Go out there girls and enjoy" - Rob and Claire

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "May all your hard work pay off girls. " - Susan Buchner

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you the best of luck....The Davenports" - Davenports

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck girls we are proud of you!!" - Sue Shames

  • Jun 18, 2019 - USD $ 210.23
  • "Good Luck" - Sharon Hill

  • Jun 17, 2019 - USD $ 499.48
  • "Congrats to the all ladies!! Good luck!" - Monica Landry

  • Jun 16, 2019 - R 616.92
  • "Good luck Ladies! " - Jenny & Shelley

  • Jun 16, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Well done Caitlin! Let’s make this happen. An experience of a lifetime " - Lucy

  • Jun 15, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "Good luck " - Ron Zeman

  • Jun 15, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck girls! " - Anon

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "All Champions need supporters! Bring it home!" - Tandeka, Zeinab and Ntombi

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best and congratulations on your selection" - The Davidson Family

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 35.39
  • "We will be there in spirit, Sarah, cheering. Xx" - Lynda ( on behalf of Andrew)

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Go Sarah and crew!! Make us proud!!" - Sam on behalf of Dru :-)

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "?????????" - Sean Stewart

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good Luck , make SA proud!!!" - Angelo

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "You have got this Ladies !!!" - Perrins Family

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck young ladies!" - Les Godwin

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Best of luck girls!" - Pippa

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "So proud of these girls - all the best " - Yvette

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 645.12
  • "Good luck Team. Make South Africa proud." - Centner Levine & Company

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 2 000.00
  • "Gothic Construction" - Gothic Construction

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 310.00
  • "Good luck!!" - Alex Truscott

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "Good luck!!!" - The Old Oil Man

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done" - Les Jackson

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 33.63
  • "Go girls. Excited for you" - Sofia and Christine Nyamaropa

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Bonne Chance, and remember to have tons of fun. " - Ashley Boag

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck girls." - Oscar & Nollie

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 4 112.80
  • "We are so very proud of all you girls, do your best & have a truly amazing experience there. Bring back the gold." - Sally & Tony Kromberg

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "Best wishes girls, row it like you stole it!" - The Keegan Family

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 314.88
  • "So excited for all of you! YOU GO GIRLS!! " - Peggy, Jim, Joe and Leigh Stallworth

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Awesome achievement Erin & team; best of luck for Tokyo " - Ca & family

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best girls, we are all behind you." - Neo Mathe

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Go girls " - Shackletons

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Good Luck Sarah and Team. I hold all paws for you xxx DV " - DV

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck guys!" - Marc E

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck girls!!" - Ashley Truscott

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Row St Andrew’s Row. We are so proud of you, Erin & Kelsey and the rest of the ladies! Bring back the GOLD!" - Bianca, Maaike & Chris

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 35.38
  • "Good Luck Sarah and Team...we wish you all the best! From the Nicholls Family ????" - Paul Nicholls

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Hope you girls get there" - David Jones

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 53.34
  • "Awesome achievement. Congratulations!!! Give it your very best but above all savior every moment of the experience and have FUN!" - Nikki Haslett

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Good luck Ladies, seize the opportunity! " - Rui Gomes

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 1 233.84
  • "Well done Kelsey and team mates. Good luck" - Rosemary and Gerald

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Go Girls - so proud!" - Lara

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck Helen! Well done and hoping you guys have an amazing trip with great success." - Mark Cotterrell

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 286.85
  • "We are so proud of you Sarah - Getting birthday gifts for our god daughter has been tricky from the UK so we figured we better step up with this one ! " - James and Sarah Brickell

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Wishing you girls all the best..." - Sanam Soni

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Well done ladies!" - Heather

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 310.00
  • "So proud of you Caitlin reach for the stars " - The Heydra’s

  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 104.15
  • "Good luck!!" - William

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 4 112.80
  • "We’re so proud of you, enjoy the experience. Jen, Kerry & Andrew x" - Caldwell-Smiths

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "very proud of you guys....give'em hell " - Pretesh Kalan

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Well done gals! Wishing you all the best. Have fun and enjoy this incredible experience. With much love and strength. " - Tracy and Simon

  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 35.48
  • "Good luck!" - Gill

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck to all of you amazing young women xxx" - Felicity

  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Good luck girls, go for gold!!" - Ian

  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 35.48
  • "Make the most of this amazing experience. " - Al & Cath

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "So proud of all of you girls! " - Amy and Nick

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Well done to an amazing group of young women and best of luck. What an adventure." - Camilla Pennington

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "So proud of you all! You worked hard and this is your reward!" - Nicky Louis

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Bring back the Gold Ladies!" - Proud Father of Saints Oarswoman

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Aim for the highest goals and the wildest dreams,girls!" - Neuhoff family

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Our closest springbok" - Ga and Nic

  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 14.19
  • "wonderfdul job, ladies. Good luck and enjoy Japan!! Linda Dougherty" - Linda Dougherty

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Congrats awesome ladies!!! Just do it! Make us proud! Anqi Qu" - Anqi Qu

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck for the World Champs, go make us proud" - Mark and Les

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good Luck Sam and the Girls - go for GOLD !!!" - Tim & Cath Steenhoff

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "The trophy is earned in the hours that no one is watching ! - Good luck girls!" - A fellow rowing parent supporter

  • Jun 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "“So awesome - make us proud girls!”" - Deon

  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 70.98
  • "Inspiring ladies. " - Paulie

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best girls, you make SA proud - Ivan Pentz, Nigel Bakker, Graham Hood, Tim Keegan" - The Legolas Crew, VLC

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 67.13
  • "Have an awesome time! Make the most of it!!" - Cara Nel

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck girls !!!" - Paul Lockwood

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Congrats girls and good luck" - Dianne Zellee

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good Luck Sarbear, you’ve made us all proud. Love Mart, Sam, Jess, Em and Matt" - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 141.25
  • "Good Luck Girls!" - Jacquie Herridge

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 134.27
  • "Go girls! We are all so proud of you!" - Steph, Colin &!Lara

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 141.25
  • "Go get 'em! Good luck and enjoy!" - Bill and Kelly

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Go for gold-remember where to buy your first car from " - Select on Cedar

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 59.06
  • "all the best to these amazing girls!" - The Freitag Family

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "All the best of luck Catherine " - Peter G

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 353.12
  • "Go Sarah! " - Your biggest Aussie Fan!

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 35.32
  • "Well done and good luck!!" - Family Soderholm

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Well done girls. Make SA proud " - Carol

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 522.50
  • "Go ladies, every sports person’s dream, World Champs" - Joby Shaw

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Just do it! " - Askew Family

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "If you can dream it you can achieve it - make SA proud girls " - Cheryl, Stuart and Lexi

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 33.57
  • "Keep doing us proud" - Mahony Family

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Reach for your dream!" - Glenda

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "dont forget to enjoy the experience " - Denise Rodriguez

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Ash and I totally get this dream, goal and sacrifice. Hoping we can help.." - Anneke and Ashley

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck ladies! Make SA proud" - Sue Page

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Go Team South Africa - you make us proud! " - Jenkins-Ferrett

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "I couldn’t be prouder ????" - Krispy

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck!!" - Darin , Jess and James

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Go girls!!!!" - Pete & Kezaaa

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Smash it" - Chris Sugden

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 42.37
  • "Just to see your old man glow with pride... go for it!" - Luke Darby

  • Jun 10, 2019 - USD $ 35.32
  • "Hulk says...SMASH it! ...and go HUGE in Japan! ???????? " - Hulk

  • Jun 10, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Behind you all the way ... Reach for the Stars Girls!!!" - Janine

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Sarah McKay, Caitlin Miller, Helen Moore, Catherine Roberg, Courtney Westley, Kelsey Gems and Erin Hallaby have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2019 World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo!  Team members are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs as well as entry fees and equipment.

At R125 000 per girl, this gets very costly!