National rowing coach Roger Barrow has turned down an offer from the Australian federation, opting to stay in South Africa after rumours had emerged that he might jump ship for a more lucrative deal.
“I would have loved the challenge. That would have been an awesome and challenging opportunity, and I think as a coach I would have definitely grown,” Barrow told TuksSport in a statement.
“But I will be honest it would have been hard to leave the South African rowing program because I believe that there is so much more we can achieve.”
Barrow guided the SA squad to their best ever performance at the Olympic Games when he took five boats to A finals at last year’s Rio showpiece, with the pair crew of Shaun Keeling and Lawrence Brittain earning the silver medal.
After playing a key role in the development and growth of the sport in his home country, Barrow was named World Rowing Coach of the Year last season.