Roger Barrow

South African rowing coach Roger Barrow was one of three coaches nominated for the 2014 World Rowing Coach of the Year award, the world body said.

“Roger is probably the youngest head coach in the world to have achieved Olympic as well as World Championship gold in the last three years,” spokesman for Rowing SA said.

“Rowing South Africa is in good hands.”

As high performance manager for South Africa, Barrow's charges reached seven A-finals out of eight entries with a gold medal in the lightweight men's double sculls and a bronze in the men's pair at this year's World Championships.

Denmark's Bent Fransson, who has coached his country's 'golden four' since 2007, was nominated after they successfully defended their World and European Champion titles.

The third nominee, Gianni Postiglione, has helped Italy, Greece, South Africa and Lithuania find medal-winning success. He has been to seven Olympic Games and 31 World Rowing Championships.

The award winners will be announced on November 8 in Rio de Janeiro, at the 2014 World Rowing Coaches Conference gala dinner.

Sapa