Trusting in the Process

Overcoming learning difficulties through sport and making it a lifestyle. A presentation by James Thompson.

James Thompson shares his inspiring story about how he found his niche and experienced success at the highest level, despite his childhood difficulties. James found learning difficult and began his education at a remedial school in Johannesburg and then moved to St Andrews in Grahamstown.

It is at St Andrews College that his passion for rowing was born. He has since  gone on to compete at all levels of international rowing, representing South Africa at over 20 international regattas, achieving  a  gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, winning a gold medal in the men’s lightweight pairs at the Senior World Championships.

Mr Thompson set up the ‘Rock the Boat’ regatta in 2013, through which he hopes to change the way rowing is presented in South Africa and encouraging people to be involved with sport. He trusts that it was his involvement with sport that helped him to overcome his learning difficulties and believes that sport can encourage a lifestyle of commitment and hard work and allow individuals to develop unique abilities.

James Thompson, former student at St Andrews who has represented South Africa at over 20 international regattas, achieving  a  gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, winning a gold medal in the men’s lightweight pairs at the Senior World Championships.


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Trusting in the Process
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