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From the rivers edge!
By Michelle Kirby, Jeppe Rowing mom, May 2020

I have had the privilege of being a Jeppe High School for Boys rowing mom for the past four years.  Had I known, what I was in for back when my twin boys both said they want to join Jeppe Rowing, I might have said “no thank you”. 
Instead, what I inadvertently signed up for was the most incredible four seasons of making lifelong friendships with such amazing parents, cooking enough pasta to sink an 8 while feeding so many precious boys, driving to Orkney and Roodeplaat dam enough times to travel to Cape Town and back four times to witness the splendour that is Jeppe Rowing, selling raffle tickets by the hundreds to secure funds which brought much needed equipment and massive gratitude from all who benefited, serving drinks behind a fund raising bar that would make Liquid Chefs look like they standing still while securing funds to keep our club alive, and so many other precious and unforgettable memories. 
The pride and joy you feel when you son’s boat cross’ that line in 1st, 2nd or 3rd cannot be expressed in words.  The excitement of seeing any Jeppe crew coming down the last 100m stretch with the boys giving their all always catches me in my throat and much to my son’s embarrassment has brought me to tears on countless occasions. I will be forever grateful to the incredible life lessons that Jeppe Rowing has taught my sons.  The passion and dedication shared by coaches who are juggling university, another job or teaching at Jeppe is no doubt testament to the character that this club prides itself on. 
Jeppe Rowing has taught my sons how to keep your chin up and not quit.  To stand together as a team and back your fellow oarsmen at all times, standing up for what you believe is fair and just.  Strength and endurance when the going gets tough.  To share their skills, passion and love for this sport with their fellow and more junior oarsmen.  Never to judge or pass judgement.  To be respectful and compassionate.  To nurture and guide.  To always strive to do and be your best.  To humbly and modestly celebrate your achievement and wins while still respecting your fellow oarsmen and competitors.
In closing, for all moms and dads out there if you sons or daughters says they wants to row, leap at the opportunity, you will never regret that decision and always be grateful for the incredible human that evolves and walks with pride off the jetti at the final blade lift ceremony. 
#jepperowing #FND #proudrowingmom

#rowbackday 2016/2017 – Thanks Nizaam McBride for the Picture – A nostalgic and proud Jeppe Rowing institution since 1981  

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