It’s with a sense of wonder that I walk through the Payne Hall with its aged wood floors and high ceiling. Each photo lining the walls acknowledging the rich sporting history of Jeppe.
Why Are you here, I hear you ask? The reason is the launch of the book “History of Jeppe Rowing”. This coffee table book of over 200 pages celebrates the history of Jeppe rowing from its inception.
While the weather was cold and most of the boys were on their way back to school from the annual Northwood sports and cultural tour, we gathered to hear Terry Marsh describe how his labour of love, supported by Greg Le Roux and the crew of ’64, is coming to fruition. The first Jeppe Rowing Old Boy Martin Maine who started rowing under the tutelage of Dr J.R.D. Tomlinson in 1958 was in attendance with his son Brian and members of the 1964 crew that Terry was a member of.
The energy behind the book is to raise funds for the future of rowing at Jeppe and to have a documented record of the rich history of rowing at the school. The hope is that the book, a full colour, hard cover coffee table edition, will be ready for distribution by the end of July.
The book talks about the beginnings of rowing in South Africa and then details school and specifically Jeppe rowing, beginning with the formation of the Jeppe Rowing Club in 1959 and taking a scenic journey through time, with the help of many past rowers and rowing captains, all the way to 2022.
The price of the book will be between R450 and R500 and anyone interested in sponsoring a page in the book can do so at the cost of R1,500 that will see the sponsors name at the bottom of the page and a complimentary copy of “History of Jeppe Rowing”.
To pre-order your copy of the book or to sponsor a page please CLICK HERE