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Swimming Australia’s lofty ambition

May 31, 2013
Barclay Nettlefold, president of Swimming Australia, speaks to the media on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Meares

Barclay Nettlefold, president of Swimming Australia. Photo: Andrew Meares

Swimming Australia has launched its global search for a head coach to replace former national team leader Leigh Nugent.

The body specifying that it was looking for someone who could achieve “repeatable, sustainable international success”.

The preferred candidate would also ensure the Australian team “has the required performance culture and behavioural standards in place to underpin results in the pool”.

Nugent’s demise began when he fell short of those goals at last year’s London Olympics, where the Australian team returned its worst results for 20 years (one gold medal) and was beset by scandal following the Games.

He resigned in March after the full details of misbehaviour by athletes and inadequate leadership emerged in two separate reviews at the sport.

At the time Swimming Australia president Barclay Nettlefold said Nugent would remain with the organisation in a development and mentoring role after taking an extended break. He has yet to return to work.

Swimming Australia expects to appoint the new head coach in August, after the world championships in Barcelona.

In the meantime, high performance director Michael Scott and interim head coaches Michael Bohl (women) and Rohan Taylor (men) will lead the team in Barcelona.

Neither Bohl nor Taylor is expected to apply to become the full-time head coach as both have expressed their preference to remain as on-deck coaches.

Scott revealed that he had already received “quite a few” inquiries about the head coach’s job, and all were from foreign applicants.

“The feedback I am getting is that it’s a coveted job in world swimming because of Australia’s rich history,” Scott said.

The new head coach will also oversee the Australian Institute of Sport program once it is transferred to Swimming Australia later this year. It is believed that the program will continue to employ two coaches and support 16 swimmers.

Under a new organisational structure, the next head coach will report to Scott although he said the coach would have the final say on all “technical” matters involving the national team.

He views their respective roles as a “partnership” rather than a chain of command.

Meanwhile, the sport is eagerly anticipating a rematch between Olympic 100m backstroke gold medallist Missy Franklin and Australian silver medallist Emily Seebohm, at the Santa Clara Grand Prix, starting tomorrow.

In a prelude to the world titles this weekend, the multi-talented duo will go head-to-head in as many as four events in California, with both entered for the 100m and 200m backstroke, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

The women’s 100m freestyle is particularly stacked with Seebohm’s training partner, Olympic relay gold medallist Brittany Elmslie, and fellow gold medallists Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer also in the field.

Elmslie will also take on Olympic gold medallist Alison Schmitt in the 200m freestyle.

The men’s sprint will give a strong indication of the likely strength of the US freestyle relay, which is expected to challenge to Australia’s world champion team in Barcelona in July.

It will feature Olympic champion Nathan Adrian and his compatriots Cullen Jones, Matt Grevers, Ryan Lochte, Anthony Ervin and Jimmy Feigen, as well as former world champion Cesar Cielo of Brazil.

Rising Australian distance swimmer Mack Horton and breaststrokers Samantha Marshall and Jenna Strauch will also compete.

nicollejeffery | theaustralian

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