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national Squad

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.


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 Sponsors, National Olympic Committee, supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation and the National Lottery.


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!


as an Athlete

Do you think you have what it takes to row for your country?

as a Coach

Do you think you have what it takes to coach for your country?


Coaches and Support Team

Warren Bolttler

Chair International Commission

Tiago Loureiro

National Head Coach

Grant Dodds

Technical Performance Manager

Andrew John Grant

Senior National Rowing Coach

Thato Mokoena

U23 Head Coach

Nicola Macleod

Biokineticist and Strength and Conditioning Coach

Garreth Bruni


Marcel Jooste

Team Doctor

Caitlin Dace

Junior National Head Coach and Co-ordinator

Lesley-Anne Pedlar

Sports Psychologist


Jake Milton Green

Kirsten Macdonald (McCann)

Mmbudzeni Thabelo Masutha

Christopher John Baxter

Luc Joseph Daffarn

Katherine Elizabeth Williams

Murray Michael Bales-Smith

Courtney Westley

Henry Torr

Lebone Mokheseng

James Mitchell


Our community of former international rowers has established the Team Powerhouse Trust that, together with the institutions mentioned above, finds and manages the funding required to operate our national teams. This funding comes largely from former rowers, unrelated benefactors and commercial sponsorships We are very proud of our association with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB). This sponsorship association stretches across the rowing community from grass route level to the national team. We thank our sponsors and partners for the continued support.


Chair International Commission

Warren Bolttler

National Head Coach

Tiago Loureiro

Senior National Coach

Andrew Grant

Technical Performance Manager

Grant Dodds

Head U23 National Coach

Thato Mokoena

Chair Junior International Commission

Trevor Dedlow

Head Junior National Coach and Coordinator

Caitlin Dace

Senior National Technical Consultant

Paul Jackson

Athlete health (Doctor)

Dr Marcel Jooste

Athlete performance (Physiologist)


Athlete bodies (Physiotherapist)

Corli and Gareth Bruni

Legal and Appeals

Greg Vermaak and Paul Carstensen

Junior Administration

Warren Nel


chair International Commission

Warren Bolttler


+27 83 326 3439

National Coach

Tiago Loureiro


+27 79 814 4667

Senior National Coach

Andrew Grant


+27 83 998 3715

Technical performance manager

Grant Dodds


+27 83 573 3300

Junior National Coach

Caitlin Dace


+27 72 223 0731

U23 National Coach

Thato Mokoena


+27 79 722 4905

Chair Junior International Commission

Trevor Dedlow


+27 76 537 8218

Media and sponsorship

Blake Dyason


+27 79 711 2922

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