Previous vice Rowing Captain Stephen Selepe talks to JBB

Rowing, a way of Life

In 1964, for the second year in succession Jeppe won the SA Championships and also, I believe, all the other major regattas (as they were then).  Of course, there were no school eights in those days.  Only sweep oar fours – no pairs, doubles or sculls.  The crew are still around and every so often get together for a row.  I enclose a picture of the school crew in their matric year, then in 2006, after 42 years we had our first outing since school days at VLC.  Again 53 years on, in 2017, we met for another outing and invited the person who got all of us into rowing in 1961.  (Brian Goodall, Head Boy in 1961).  Rowing has become a way of life to many who start at school level and it is wonderful to see the Jeppe Boys continuing this sport and achieving success against tough competition (usually better equipped as well!).   I am grateful that two of my sons, Leon and Gareth, also had the privilege of rowing for Jeppe.   

Jopie van Honschooten  

#rowbackday 1964 Jeppe Rowing Club Matric Rowing Crew.

Photo courtesy of Jopie van Honschooten 

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