A pair of Wits Boat Club rowers have been selected to trial for the University Sport South Africa (USSA) national team, which will represent the country at the World Student Games in Poland, in September.

A third year fine arts student, Jade Crooks, and postgraduate management course student, Sascha Dubrovo, were selected to take part in the trials based on their results from various events in 2015 and 2016. Crooks achieved a first place in two categories in the recent USSA sprint race in Cape Town, with Dubrovo taking one second place, and two third place finishes.

The pair are currently participating in trials with crews made up of candidates selected from other South African universities, as part of a training and evaluation programme.

“It’s pretty hectic, we train like twice a day, everyday,” said Crooks.  “Most of our training is on the ergo [rowing machine] or in the gym, and then on the weekends we go out on the dam [in Roodeplaat, Pretoria].”

The final team will be chosen based on the trial results, combined with results from the South African Senior Championships on April 30 and May 1 and a final selection regatta taking place later in May.

“At that trial [selection regatta] they give you a certain time and they’ll say if you pull this then you’ve made the team, if not then sorry,” said Dubrovo.

“If we make it, it’s pretty much training for the next few months until we go [to Poland],” said Dubrovo.