Lawrence Brittain is a South African rower and although he can claim to be SA’s first rowing world champion, this was not his greatest achievement. Brittain was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a rare form of lymph cancer, in October 2014. However, Brittain is a fighter and this was never going to stop him. In August that year, Lawrence was placed fifth in the World Championships. He then went on to compete in the men’s coxless pair event at the 2016 Summer Olympics where he won the silver medal along with partner Shaun Keeling..