A rowing success for Brittain brothers

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More than 1000 competitors descend on Buffalo Regatta

THE 130th Buffalo Regatta took place in East London at the weekend attracting some of the cream of the crop of South African rowing.

The event attracted more than 1000 competitors from around the country who competed in more than 200 races on the Buffalo River over three days.

IN A ROW: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Madibaz rowing club preparing for their races at the Buffalo Regatta. Picture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

Despite being rained out on the last day, the event was a success and was enjoyed by all.

The Brittain brothers, who rowed together for the first time at the regatta, were the winners of the Grand Challenge.

The brothers – Lawrence, Charles, Matthew and James – walked away with the Buffalo Grand Challenge trophy for Senior A Coxless Fours.

This was to be expected as the brothers came to the city with some rowing pedigree and success, with Matthew having won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and Lawrence a silver at the Rio Olympics last year.

An arial view of the 130th Buffalo Regatta. Picture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

The competition was tough. However, local schools Clarendon High School for Girls and Selborne College did well and earned a fourth place in the Junior Women’s U19 straight final and the Junior Men’s U19 straight final respectively.

The St Andrew’s School for girls U19 squad preparing for their race in the Junior Women U19 finals at the Buffalo Regatta. Picture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

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