Sizwe's journey to gold
ONE of the heroes in the Olympic rowing gold medal triumph once got a little bit of help from a late South African cricket captain and Sowetan.
Sizwe Laurence Ndlovu, the 32-year-old who was part of the lightweight fours victory, was a beneficiary 10 years ago of an award named after former SA cricket captain Jack Cheetham.
Sowetan was a partner in the award, along with Sascoc and Murray & Roberts, of which Cheetham, who died in 1980, was a director.
The partnership joined Rowing South Africa in a bid to transform the sport, especially at school level.
Ndlovu was one of the talents identified. He had discovered rowing as a sport in 1996 while a pupil at Mondeor High School in Johannesburg.
Ndlovu was later selected to row in the South African junior team, where he has had some spectacular performances, including first place in the 2002 Commonwealth Games and gold in the 2002 African Championships.
He also took part in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
In 2002 Ndlovu and his fellow rowers received a shot in the arm, winning the annual Jack Cheetham Award.
Some of the money from the award was used to fund a container-load of used boats from Switzerland and to establish rowing at several schools, including Mondeor High.