National Squad

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Open Doors for National Squad - 1st October 2016

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

The aim of this website is to provide our National squads with an “electronic home” and our community with an efficient communication platform.

This site also provides athletes and coaches with a registration facility for selection to our national teams to provide updates on international achievements.

Of particular importance is the annual timetable providing aspirant athletes and coaches with key dates for their planning. Regular calendar updates will appear on this home page.

Our Selection policies are materially unchanged year on year however, we aim to revise them soon with the aim of simplifying the basic criteria into one policy for all categories, supplemented by detail applicable to each of our sub-categories. These should therefore be read with this aim in mind.

Please expect ongoing changes and updates to this site. 

What we are about

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.

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.

Our structures - how we look

Senior IC leadership is made up as follows:

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

We have also established a Junior IC comprising:

  • Chairperson, Trevor Dedlow
  • Head Coach, Marco Galeone
  • Representatives of each rowing region, per above
  • Representative of the President of the SA Schools Rowing Union, Paul Carstenson

Our team


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