The ongoing shortage, travel restrictions and impending lockdowns have seen the sport of Zimbabwean rowing shifting virtually.
Ireland Rowing hosted the ROWfit Virtual Indoor Championships which was aimed at developing home and club-based indoor racing.
ROWfit events compromise of a rowing machine, racing on an internet platform, where competitors race each other live, in real-time.
Peterhouse Boat Club member, Danielle Kaschula who recently qualified for the 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships to took in the Irish competition.
Kaschula participated in two events – U14 500m and U15 1000m – scooping gold medals in both events, dominating both events, leading from start to finish.
In the U14 500m, Kaschula comfortably smashed a new record, clocking the race in 01:37:6 with an impressive 32.0 stroke per minute. The 14-year-old continued to make history, going on to break the U16 1000m record.
Her namesake, Danielle Winter, had been tipped to win the race, but Kaschula gave her no chance.
It was Astrid Peel who had proved to be a strong competitor but Kaschula’s experience saw her smashing yet another record. At 03:33:7, she reached the 1000m mark, at a rate of 29.9 strokes per minute.
Photo 1 Caption: Zimbabwean rower, Danielle Kaschula, pictured rowing indoors for the virtual Irish Indoor Championships where she broke records in the U14 500m and U16 1000m races. Photo: Supplied
Written by Tatenda Gondo, editing by gsport