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Welcome to the International Commission, ROWSA’s official home to all of South Africa’s national rowing teams.

Rowing South Africa's International Commission is responsible for the selection and preparation of athletes and crews to win medals at the annual FISA World Championships, University World Championships, Paralympic and Olympic Games.

This includes Management of outgoing tours for our national teams and general management of athletes and resources.

Thanks to our Supporters

Our home base is Roodeplaat Dam, a beautiful international-standard rowing course located north east of the City of Pretoria in Gauteng Province.

This facility is now more than forty years old and named after one of our community's greats, Mr Allan Francis.

Our Para team operates from the University of Johannesburg, (UJ), located in Auckland Park Johannesburg.

Our Senior team operates from the High Performance Centre of the University of Pretoria, (TUKS), located in Lynnwood Pretoria.

Our Junior team comes together after final selection, usually mid-May each year, representing as far as possible the diverse pool of talent from our Schools and Clubs nationwide.

We recognize the enormous support we receive from Schools, special Academies, Universities and Rowing Clubs nationwide. Without their hard work and passion, we would not have the great talent pool of athletes and coaches from which we choose our best.

Financial support comes primarily from our National Olympic Committee, supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation and the National Lottery.

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Our Sponsors

Our community of former international rowers has established the Team Powerhouse Trust that, together with the institutions mentioned above, provides the funding required to operate our national teams. This funding comes largely from former rowers and unrelated Benefactors, Commercial sponsorships are continually being sought and encouraged and in this regard we are very proud of our association with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB). This sponsorship association stretches across many of our rowing community’s activities, not to mention the amazing RMB media campaign that has provided our sport with an amazing profile.

We thank our sponsors and partners for the continued support.

RMB East Vaal Motors Olympic Paint ITOO Rennies Travel Barker Insurance Broker CN&CO
SASCOC Pablo Clark Sports and recreation Giuricich National Lotto Team Powerhouse Trust

How we look Our Structure

Senior IC leadership

  • Chairperson: Paolo Cavalieri
  • National Head Coach: Roger Barrow
    Representatives of each rowing region, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KZN and Western Cape
  • Universities representative: Cole Barnard
  • Junior IC representative: Trevor Dedlow

Junior IC leadership

  • Chairperson: Trevor Dedlow
  • National Head Coach: Andrew Grant Representatives of each rowing region, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KZN and Western Cape
  • Representative of the President of the SA Schools Rowing Union: Paul Carstenson
  • Rowing Union: Paul Carstenson


  • Athlete health (Doctor): Danielle Lincoln
  • Athlete performance (Physiologist): Jimmy Clark and Jonah Young
  • Athlete bodies (Physiotherapist): Garreth Bruni
  • IC office: Denise Wait
  • Legal and Appeals: Greg Vermaak and Paul Carstensen
  • Finances: Warren Nel

Our Team

National Squad Roger Barrow

Roger Barrow


National Squad Andrew Grant

Andrew Grant

Head Junior Coach

National Squad Tiago Loureiro

Tiago Loureiro

Head U23 Coach

National Squad Marco Galeone

Marco Galeone

Assistant Senior Coach / Head Para Coach

National Squad Bradley Betts

Bradley Betts

National Squad Charles Brittain

Charles Brittain

National Squad David Hunt

David Hunt

National Squad Jake Green

Jake Green

National Squad John Smith

John Smith

National Squad Kirsten Mcdonald

Kirsten Mcdonald

National Squad Kyle Schoonbee

Kyle Schoonbee

National Squad Lawrence Brittian

Lawrence Brittian

National Squad Luc Daffarn

Luc Daffarn

National Squad Mzwandile Sotsaka

Mzwandile Sotsaka

National Squad Nicole van Wyk

Nicole van Wyk

National Squad Sandro Torrente

Sandro Torrente

National Squad Stephen Selepe

Stephen Selepe

National Squad Thabelo Masutha

Thabelo Masutha

National Squad Ursula Grobler

Ursula Grobler

Why We Breathe

Why we Breathe?

Our national teams must be representative of our nation in all its glory.
When we win, it is the culmination of team effort, big time!
When we lose, we come back stronger
One Family,
One Squad,
One Home,
One Goal - bring Gold back home!
Tokyo 2020 = 8 X 4



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National Coach

Para Coach

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