Katherine Williams and Paige Badenhorst claim Double Scull Bronze in Croatia

South Africa’s Women's Double Scull pairing of Katherine Williams and Paige Badenhorst made waves RMB National Rowing Squad on Sunday, claiming bronze at the first Rowing World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia. Photo: Rowing SA

South Africa’s RMB National Rowing Squad made waves at the first Rowing World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia, as their Women’s Double Scull of Katherine Williams and Paige Badenhorst secured the bronze medal on Sunday. 

The duo hit the water at 11:03am CAT to compete in the A-Finals, and they did not disappoint.

In the final, they were up against some tough competition, including Swiss pair Fabienne Schweizer and Lisa Loetscher, who won gold, and Katharina Lobnig and Magdalena Lobnig, of Austria, who took silver. 

Challenges Faced Down by the New Pairing

Their bronze medal finish came after they had finished third in their preliminary race, earning their spot in Sunday’s A Final.

Williams and Badenhorst’s achievement was all the more impressive given that they are a new combination, having only recently begun to train together. 

Badenhorst is known for being a part of the winning Cambridge 2022 Boat Race team, but she had to adapt to using two oars instead of one for this event. 

Williams, a rising star in the sport and a 2021 Under 23 bronze medallist, had been pushing herself to the limit with her partner at an altitude-training camp in the Lesotho mountains.

 

Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s Women’s Double Scull pairing of Katherine Williams and Paige Badenhorst made waves RMB National Rowing Squad on Sunday, claiming bronze at the first Rowing World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia. Photo: Rowing SA

 

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