On top of the world – St Benedict’s rowers receive South African honour

rowing-winnersThey have in the past beaten the odds, now the St Benedict’s Junior Men’s Pair, Alexander Julicher and Sandro Torrente have been honoured with the prestigious title of South African School Team of the Year.
This award was given to the boys at the SA Sports Awards, held recently in Bloemfontein.
The star rowers recently seized a third place in the Junior World Championships in Rotterdam, where they represented South Africa. This amazing race saw them competing harder than they had ever competed in their rowing careers, against some formidable competition in a fast and well-contended race. They told tame TIMES the winners had to break the world record to win first place!
The boys recently told tame TIMES they were excited to continue with their rowing careers, now with their hearts set on the 2020 Olympic Games. “We worked hard to get to where we are,” said Sandro.
Alexander agreed: “You have to sacrifice a lot of time but it is all worth it in the end.”
The school has commended Alexander and Sandro, their coach, Brad Smith and the MIC of St Benedict’s rowing, Darren Roff, for this remarkable achievement.
St Benedict’s College, Bedfordview was also well-represented at the recent RowSA Inaugural Awards Evening at The Old Johannian at St John’s College.
The school was nominated in a number of categories:
Junior Coach of the Year – Bradley Smith
Junior Rower of the Year – Sandro Torrente
Junior Team of the Year – Alexander Julicher and Sandro Torrente
Performance of the Year – SA Junior Men’s Pair – Alexander Julicher & Sandro Torrente
Whilst the nominations themselves were a great honour, the school was delighted that its rowers and coaches won all bar one of the categories in which they had been nominated. The Performance of the Year went to the SA Senior Men’s Pair of Shaun Keeling and Lawrence Brittain for their silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games.