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South Africa RSA


  • Gender
  • Birthdate
    20 Nov 1988
  • Height
    181 cm
  • Weight
    78 kg
  • Place of residence
    Hatfield , South Africa
  • University
    University of Pretoria
  • University degree
    Sport Science
  • Hobbies
    Baking, reading, playing with my dog
  • Clubs
  • Sporting philosophy
    The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital
  • Started Rowing in
  • Other sports

Recent results

2016 Olympic Games Regatta - Rio de Janeiro, BRA

Class Race Final Time
W2- RSA FA Final 5 07:28.500
W2- RSA SA/B 1 Semifinal 3 07:24.030
W2- RSA H2 Heat 2 07:11.290

2016 World Rowing Cup II - Lucerne, SUI

Class Race Final Time
W2- RSA FA Final 4 07:12.500
W2- RSA SA/B 1 Semifinal 3 07:10.220
W2- RSA H3 Heat 2 07:10.850

Quotes from Athletes

21 May 2014 Lee-Ann PERSSE
We all dream of going to the Games so it is a dream come true, but it would have been good to get to the final and that is for the future now.

Lee-Ann PERSSE Interview

Rising Star - January 2012

A fast five minutes with Lee-Ann Persse

South Africas Lee-Ann Persse, 23, began to compete internationally a little less than two years ago. From placing 13th and 11th in the womens pair at World Rowing Cups in 2010, she improved impressively within a years time, finishing 6th at the 2011 World Rowing Championships with partner Naydene Smith, thereby qualifying the womens pair for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

My sporting hero isRoger Federer. I’ve actually always wanted to be a tennis player, and he has always inspired me.

Im motivated byknowing that I can always improve in both technique and strength, but am especially motivated by the goals I set for myself.

A typical day involveseating, rowing, eating, gym, eating, sleeping, erging…

My favourite training sessionwould have to be any session involving sprint pieces. I also enjoy rowing in the early morning or evening when the water is flat and all you can hear is the sound of the bubbles under the boat.

On the erg I listen tothe sound of the ergo fan, haven't listened to music on the erg for years.

My goal in rowing this year isto perform at my very best in London.

My toughest race wasthe semifinal at the 2011 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Lucerne.

I get annoyed whenI fail to reach my goals

My favourite film is... probably Finding Nemo - I love the animations!

I studySports Science

Im most relaxed whenI'm at home with my family in Cape Town!

My favourite book isShantaram, a very long read, but also very inspiring story.

My favourite TV programme isMinute to win it

Im afraid of...any creepy crawly bugs or animals, especially frogs.

In 10 yearstime I willI haven't quite looked that far into the future yet, but hopefully will still be in a rowing boat!