THE Ladies A Crew of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club recently won the Surf Boat Rowing event at this year’s DHL Lifesaving South African National Club Championships in Gqeberha.
Two of the crew, Monique Boshoff and Lucy Markewitz, residents of Durban North, said they hoped to grow the sport of surf rowing by involving more women.
“We call ourselves sailors, but the sport is rowing surf boats,” Markewicz explained. “It’s an oar-paddled boat that starts off the shore, paddles around the buoys, through the waves, and back to shore. I got involved through Monique (Boshoff) who recruited me.
“We surf ski together, and about a year ago she asked me if I wanted to try surf skiing. We were lucky, it was a great experience, it was freezing cold in Gqeberha, but the Ladies A Crew guys put in a phenomenal performance.
The race is approximately 300m starting and ending on the shore.
Boshoff said her aim is to grow the sport of surf rowing among KZN women.
“I have done several sessions to learn how to row and it is one of the ways I hope to grow the sport. We have seen it grow, but we want to expand its reach so that every KZN lifesaving club can boast a female surf boat rowing crew.Mark our boat captain who is also our sweep. Mulder has built a “spirit” or vibe at the club that he feels has contributed to our success. Yes, we want to be competitive, but we also want to enjoy the sport. increase. In the future, we hope that more women will participate in sports and become more competitive,” Boshoff said.
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