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Local rowers to represent SA in World Champs

Braden Howard said he cannot fully express his excitement and they try not to talk about results too much as that creates excess pressure.

In the realm of sports, some tales resonate beyond the mere act of competition – stories of perseverance and passion that capture the essence of the human spirit.

This is the story of local rowers Braden Howard and Matthew Ward, whose journey exemplifies an unwavering commitment to excellence. Facing the daunting challenge of self-funding their ventures, they have emerged as shining examples of dedication and determination. Their unwavering resolve to represent South Africa on the global stage has seen them surmount these obstacles with grace and fortitude.
Their success in earning a coveted spot in the U23 Rowing World Championships in 2024 is evidence of their skill and tenacity.

Ward said they were excited about the U23 World Champs. “There’s a mix of excitement and nerves but mostly we can’t wait to get on the water and show what we’re made of. It’s going to be an unforgettable experience, that’s for sure.”

This will be Howard’s third time he has competed in World Championships. “The opportunity to represent South Africa is never something that gets old, the pride that we feel only grows from race to race and from training to training. I am excited for the prospect of competing on the world stage and proving our worth, however, I am anxious because I understand that we are at the younger end of athletes competing.”
The duo started rowing together at school and now get the chance to show the world what they’ve got. Their ambitions go beyond recognition; they want to represent the country at the Olympics in 2028.
“I am incredibly proud of my accomplishments in my rowing career, having had the honour of representing my country. I’m excited for the opportunity to do so again, but I believe this is just the beginning of my journey,” added Ward.

As they gear up for the upcoming championships in Canada, Howard and Ward beckon the support of their fellow South Africans.
“People should sponsor our rowing team because it helps us access better training, equipment, and competition opportunities. Your support will be recognised and provide valuable exposure for your brand while helping dedicated athletes achieve their goals. We are looking for any kind of sponsorship, from clothing sponsorship to donations,” concluded Ward.

For more information contact Clair Howard: claire.j@mweb.co.za

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