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Jul 16 18

ANOCA await confirmation on whether Morocco will step in to host 2019 African Games

by ZwemZa

The 2015 Games took place in Republic of Congo’s capital city Brazzaville ©Brazzaville 2015

Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) are waiting on a decision from Morocco on whether the country will step in to host the 2019 African Games, insidethegames understands.

ANOCA officials visited Morocco earlier this month to hold talks with officials about the possibility.

A meeting took place between Morocco’s Minister of Youth and Sport, Rachid Talbi Alami, and ANOCA vice-presidents Mustapha Barraf and Joao Costa Alegre.

Ahmed Nasser, President of Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC), was also present.

ANOCA Zone V President William Blick was among those attending the visit.

Prior to the visit, Blick told The New Times that the organisation were “doing all possible to ensure the Games take place” and claimed it would be a “credibility issue” for Africa if they did not.

insidethegames understands official confirmation of whether Morocco would want to host the Games could be given to ANOCA in the next week.

A replacement host has been sought by ANOCA after Equatorial Guinea announced in November that they would no longer be able to organise the event.

Equatorial Guinea was named as host in 2016 in what would have marked the first time the west African country had formed the location for the event.

Falling oil prices and economic problems were cited as one reason for the withdrawal.

Should Morocco opt to step into the breach, it would also mark their first participation at the continental event since the 1978 Games in Algiers.

It followed Morocco leaving the African Union in 1984, after the continental body recognised the independence of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, also known as Western Sahara.

The dispute over Western Sahara, which Morocco claim is part of its territory historically, led to Morocco being outside the African Union for three decades.

They were readmitted to the body last year.

Should Morocco step in, it would come as a major relief to ANOCA with one year to go.

There were reports in recent months that Lusaka in Zambia may host the Games, but no confirmation ultimately emerged.

The Games are due to act as a qualifying event for several sports for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The event has been held on 12 occasions since an inaugural edition in Brazzaville in 1965 – with the Republic of Congo’s capital also hosting the most recent edition in 2015.

In February, ANOCA signed an agreement with the African Union to take control of the organisation and management of the African Games.

The multi-sport event has previously been organised by the Sports Council of the African Union – an umbrella group of continental Governments – rather than ANOCA.

Under the terms of the agreement, the African Union would keep ownership of the Games, but ANOCA would organise, manage and run them.

The AASC would be placed in charge of the technical components of the Games.

It is possible news about the 2019 Games could emerge when the ANOCA Extraordinary General Assembly takes place tomorrow, prior to the African Youth Games in Algiers.

The meeting is aimed at deciding a date for the organisation’s Presidential election, following a spell of turmoil.

In May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled a new election must be held after it upheld an appeal by Cameroon’s Hamad Kalkaba Malboum.

Kalkaba was controversially disqualified from standing in last year’s election by the ANOCA Executive Committee after being accused of bribery and illegally using the Government in Cameroon to campaign on his behalf.

Ivorian Lassana Palenfo was consequently re-elected by acclamation for a fourth term in office at the ANOCA General Assembly held in Djibouti on May 10 last year.

A complaint was lodged by Djibouti National Olympic Committee President and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Aicha Garad Ali over the decision to exclude Kalkaba.

This eventually resulted in a special meeting held after the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Prague in November, attended by Kuwait’s ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and Spain’s IOC deputy director general Pere Miró.

It was decided there that Palenfo will remain as President of ANOCA but would relinquish all operational functions and office duties to the Executive Committee.

Ultimately CAS ruled a new election must been held.

Michael Pavitt | Inside the Games

Jul 16 18

‘You owe me this’: USA Diving accused of ignoring alleged sexual abuse of divers

by ZwemZa

A class action lawsuit against Indianapolis-based USA Diving accuses the national governing body of ignoring or obstructing sexual abuse allegations, and the lawyer says the organization is “worse than gymnastics, worse than swimming.”

USA Gymnastics has been in turmoil since an IndyStar investigation that started in 2016.

A former Olympic swimmer sued USA Swimming in May, bringing renewed attention on sexual abuse in that sport.

The diving lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court last week, describes the now-familiar dynamic of a coach-athlete power imbalance leading to sexual abuse.

Two former divers are named in the lawsuit accusing coach Will Bohonyi, a former Indiana University diver, of coercing and forcing them into frequent sex. IndyStar typically does not name alleged sexual assault victims.

Attorney Jon Little said in an interview with IndyStar that other divers have come forward and “this is just the beginning for USA Diving.”

A spokeswoman for USA Diving said in a statement Monday, “Providing a safe environment for our members is of tremendous importance to USA Diving, and we take these matters very seriously. USA Diving is unable to comment further at this time.”

Bohonyi did not immediately respond to an email from IndyStar requesting comment.

Bohonyi coached at the Ohio State University Diving Club, which bills itself on its website as the  “second highest ranking junior competitive USA Diving team in the United States.”

Bohonyi has been on USA Diving’s list of banned coaches since 2015, but the lawsuit alleges that action didn’t happen until six months after Ohio State University investigated one of the women’s allegations and recommended his termination. The report, the lawsuit says, was provided to USA Diving.

During that time, the lawsuit alleges, Bohonyi forced the girl to perform sex acts numerous times while she was a minor. She also sent him hundreds of naked photos.

The girl was an Olympic hopeful, having competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials at age 13.

“Bohonyi psychologically coerced (the woman) into believing that she was required to perform sexual services in exchange for her continued involvement in diving,” the lawsuit says. “He preyed on her age, vulnerability, and dreams of becoming an Olympian, and used the power structure and imbalance of power (coach/athlete) to make her believe she was required to sexually service him in exchange for her involvement in diving for Team USA.”

The lawsuit also alleges that Ohio State University has had possession of the naked photos for almost four years and “no action has been taken.”

During a meet in August 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn., the girl’s teammate informed the head coach of the Ohio State Diving Club about the abuse, the lawsuit alleges. The girl, who had just turned 17, was sent home. Bohonyi stayed.

“The Ohio State University has no interest in hurting their brand,” Little said in the interview. “This is part of a massive problem at Ohio State that’s not just isolated to Dr. Strauss.”

Several former Ohio State wrestlers said Richard Stauss, a team doctor who committed suicide in 2005, abused them during medical treatments going back to the 1970s.

Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the university, disputed the allegation about being concerned about image over justice. He said the school has a prominent red button on its home page that links to information on the case and encourages people to come forward.

Johnson said that in 2014 the school immediately opened an administrative investigation after learning about allegations against Bohonyi, and notified the county’s child protection services and the Ohio State University Police Department.

Police dropped the investigation at the request of the diver. But the administrative investigation continued and resulted in Bohonyi’s firing 10 days after the school was informed. The investigation was reported to USA Diving, the spokesman said, “in 2014.”

That closed investigation was re-opened on Jan. 30 of this year after the university was again contacted by the plaintiff, Johnson said. University police are working with the Franklin County Prosecutor.

“The safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is Ohio State’s top priority and the university does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind,” the spokesman said.

The other diver named in the lawsuit is a former member of the Indiana Diving Club and IU’s diving team. Bohonyi was her coach.

Starting in 2009, the lawsuit alleges, Bohonyi cultivated an abusive relationship, eventually coercing the woman into daily sex, saying, “You owe me this.” The lawsuit alleges he told the other diver the same thing.

“He made clear to (the woman) that this exchange was required for him to continue coaching her as part of USA Diving,” the lawsuit says.

Neither Indiana University nor the Indiana Diving Club is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Mark Alesia | Indianapolis Star

Jul 16 18

Simmonds calls time on her swimming career at the top

by ZwemZa

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Lizzie Simmonds competed for England in her third Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

wo-time European champion Lizzie Simmonds claims she now has to learn how to lead a normal life after announcing her retirement from elite swimming.

The 27-year-old represented England at three Commonwealth Games, winning silver in the 200m backstroke at Delhi 2010, while missing out on Olympic bronze by just over seven tenths of a second at London 2012.

At just 17-years-old she won gold at the 2008 European Championships in 200m backstroke, silver and bronze at the World Championships in Manchester, and represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics all in the same year.

More success came at the 2010 European Championships in Hungary where she won 200m backstroke gold and 100m backstroke silver, then again at the 2014 European Championships where she claimed silver in the 200m backstroke.

Over 15 years at the highest level of the sport, Simmonds won 13 British titles and broke British, European and Commonwealth records, but felt it was time to hang up the goggles and relax.

“I’ve lived and breathed elite sport,” said Simmonds in a blog announcing her retirement.

“It’s been one heck of a journey, but the time has come to move on.

“Travelling the world with my teammates, I’ve stood on podiums with the national anthem playing, won and lost races by a fingernail margin.

“I’ve experienced the highs of elite sport, swimming in multiple Olympic finals with the whole world watching.

“I’ve spent an unreasonable amount of time in a state of heavy chlorination, averaging over twenty hours a week in a swimming pool since the age of 13.

“In total, I’ve swum roughly the circumference of the Earth, but now it’s time to learn how to be a real person.”

Paying her gratitude to those who had helped her along the way, Simmonds admitted how the sport changed her and led her personal development in life.

She added: “I am hugely grateful to British sport for providing an environment where I could push myself beyond the limit, where I could challenge everything that I am, where I would laugh and cry into my goggles on a weekly basis.

“Continually nudging me out of my comfort zone, thank you for giving me a place to thrive, and for the chance to develop as a person.

“When I set out as a timid 12-year-old I was scared of everything—staying away from home was a major ordeal, facing competitors reduced me to a gibbering wreck, and challenging myself and the people around me didn’t come easily.

“But, as the lap tally increased and the experiences racked up, the fear began to melt away.

“It’s been incredibly exciting to be part of British sport during the last decade, to flow with the tide of success that the athletes and coaches of this nation have created.

“The determination to be far more than average—to be the best I can be—has remained with me, so I’m hugely thankful to have found a sport that triggered that initial spark of ambition.

“I’ve sacrificed a lot, but received so much more in return, and I’m left with an abundance of truly wonderful memories from the process.”

Sportsbeat

Jul 16 18

2,400 swimmers to cross Istanbul’s Bosphorus in cross-continental swimming race

by ZwemZa

Some 2,400 swimmers from 50 countries will take part in the 30th Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race to be held on July 22.

Participants will swim the course, which will start at Kanlıca pier on the Asian side and end 6.5 kilometers later in front of Kuruçeşme Cemil Topuzlu Park on the European side.

According to a statement made by Samsung, a total of 4,430 people have applied to take part in this year’s race. Of this figure, 3,269 are men and 1,161 are women, the statement said. After eliminations, 2,400 swimmers have earned the right to participate in the competition.

The race has been organized by the Turkish Olympic Committee (TOC) since 1989. It is the world’s only intercontinental swimming competition.

In this year’s competition, Russian swimmers showed the highest interest from abroad. They were followed by Ukranian, British, and American swimmers.

Over the years, the race has become a true international brand. In 2016, the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) declared it to be the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

The race has been described on the WOWSA website as follows: “Swimming between continents is something that few people in the world rarely have an opportunity to do. But the Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim is excellently organized to offer this dramatic possibility to thousands of people every year.”

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Jul 15 18

The best events to swim when you’re really really out-of-shape

by ZwemZa

Maybe you just took a three-week vacation. Maybe you haven’t swam — haven’t even touched a kick board — since the end of high school swimming. Maybe you have had such a case of chlorinated burn-out that you’ve stayed away from the pool for months. And now, suddenly in a few short days, you have a weekend-long swim meet coming up… and you’re very, very out-of-shape.

Many swimmers have been there before: A summertime swim meet is fast approaching, and you’re signed up, but man oh man, you’re so out-of-shape that a 100-meter butterfly could very well end you up in the emergency room:

“What’s wrong with this person?”

“Ma’am, this person just swam a 200-meter butterfly and is incredibly out-of-shape.”

(Squints eyes.) “There may be nothing we can do.”

So, what’s the best strategy for these kinds of swim meets? If you absolutely must compete at an upcoming swim meet, but you’re incredibly out-of-shape?

Pick the easiest event schedule possible.

Here’s a handy little humorous guide, swimmers: The Best Events to Swim When You’re Really, Really Out-Of-Shape….

5. 100-meter breaststroke.

The sprint breaststroke won’t send you to the nearest doctor’s office, and more importantly, isn’t as physically taxing as, say, the 400 IM. It’s painful, sure (what swimming event isn’t painful?) but has a few pull-outs and some glides. And if you’re lucky enough to be a natural born breaststroker, you may even pull out a half-decent time, even if you aren’t in the best shape possible. (Warning: If you do pull out a decent time while being out-of-shape, your in-shape teammates will despise you.)

4. 100-meter freestyle.

Swimmers have so much freestyle muscle memory built in their shoulders, if you must swim an event without being in-shape, you might as well go for the 100 free. Most swimmers can jump in and crank out a 100 freestyle. You might not win this event (or any event, really) if you’re out of shape, but sign up for this one instead of the 100 freestyle’s bigger, badder older sibling, the 200 freestyle (where you definitely will throw up your breakfast).

3. 200-meter backstroke.

Picking any 200-meter event is riskier territory, especially if you’re not particularly ready for it. However, unlike the sprint, a 200 backstroke involves a little more pacing and longer distance per stroke. With the backstroke, you can kick off the walls and slow down your stroke tempo (and maybe even negative split your race). Pick this event if you absolutely have to swim a 200 distance, as it’s more accomplishable than the other strokes.

2. 400-meter freestyle.

What?! I know. I’m not quite sure why, but the 400-meter freestyle just seems easier when you’ve been away from the pool. Maybe you’re more mentally refreshed and it doesn’t eat at your soul the way it would had you just finished 10 days of double workouts. You can slow down the stroke tempo, find a rhythm, and hold on.

1. Any 50 whatsoever.

The obvious choice. The splash-and-dash. You only have to reach the other wall. You can do it. If you’ve got an upcoming meet and you absolutely have to swim, choose a 50. Any 50. I know swimmers who have had best times in 50s without touching the water for weeks. You may not have the same experience, but a 50 breaststroke is the practical sign-up option if your swim suit hasn’t been worn in months.

And with luck, fortitude, and dedication, you’ll make it to that other wall, breathing heavy, heart rate too high, sweating, panting, with a time you actually beat when you were 10-years-old, and think, “Yup. I am really, really out of shape.”

Mike Gustafson | USA Swimming Contributor

 

Jul 15 18

Clareburt, Boyle scoop Kiwi awards

by ZwemZa

Swimming New Zealand Awards Dinner, Spencer on Byron Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday 7 July 2018. Photo: Simon Watts/www.bwmedia.co.nz

Swimming New Zealand held their annual awards on Saturday July 7th 2018 at The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna.

2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Lewis Clareburt (Capital) was a double winner on the night, winning the Swimming New Zealand International Swimmer of the Year and also the supreme Swimmer of the Year award.

Swimming New Zealand presented two life memberships to Mark Sunders and Clive Power for their dedication and service to swimming in New Zealand.

New Zealand swimming legend Lauren Boyle who retired from competitive swimming in August 2017, was honored with a special recognition award for her contribution to swimming in Aotearoa.

Check out the photos from the evening HERE.

Full list of winners and finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Swimming Awards:

Swimming New Zealand Swimmer of the Year
WINNER: Lewis Clareburt (Capital Swim Club)

International Swimmer of the Year
Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield Swimming Club)
Corey Main (Howick Pakuranga)
Emma Robinson (Capital Swim Club)
WINNER: Lewis Clareburt (Capital Swim Club)

Swimming New Zealand Coach of the Year
Andy McMillan (North Shore Swimming Club)
WINNER: Gary Hollywood (Capital Swim Club)
Roly Crichton (QEII Swim Club)

Domestic Swimmer of the Year
Bradlee Ashby (Fairfield Swimming Club)
WINNER: Emma Robinson (Capital Swim Club)
Lewis Clareburt (Capital Swim Club)

Open Water Swimmer of the Year
Charlotte Webby (Aquabladz New Plymouth Swimming Club)
WINNER: Matthew Scott (Enterprise Swim Club)
Stefannie Gillespie (Zenith ASC)

Swimming New Zealand Performance Club of the Year
WINNER: North Shore Swimming Club

New Zealand Swimming Alumni – Harlequins Zonal Emerging Swimmer of the year
Callum Prime (North Shore Swimming Club)
Finn Kennard-Campbell (North Shore Swimming Club)
WINNER: Michael Pickett (North Shore Swimming Club)

New Zealand Swimming Alumni – Aqua Knights Zonal Emerging Swimmer of the year
Andrew Jeffcoat (Fairfield Swimming Club)
Tyler Finau (Enterprise Swim Club)
WINNER: Zac Reid (Aquabladz New Plymouth Swimming Club)

New Zealand Swimming Alumni – All Stars Zonal Emerging Swimmer of the year
Atakura Julian (Capital Swim Club)
WINNER: Chelsey Edwards (SwimZone Racing)
Thomas Watkins (Capital Swim Club)

New Zealand Swimming Alumni – Makos Zonal Emerging Swimmer of the year
Celyn Edwards (Selwyn Swim Club)
WINNER: Hannah Bates (Aquagym Swimming Club)
Quinton Hurley (Jasi Swim Club)

New Zealand Swimming Alumni – Emerging Swimmer of the year
WINNER: Zac Reid (Aquabladz New Plymouth Swimming Club)

Bill Matson Technical Official of the Year
WINNER: Carlrine Gillespie (Northland)
Helen Tait (Canterbury West Coast)
Noel Stevens (Wellington)

Volunteer of the Year
Helene Helms (North Shore Swimming Club)
Jacqui Forsythe (Wellington)
WINNER: Wayne Rollinson (Canterbury West Coast)

New Zealand Masters Swimmer of the Year
WINNER: Julie Gunthorp

Para swimmer of the Year
Chris Arbuthnott (Ice Breaker Aquatics)
Jesse Reynolds (Fairfield Swimming Club)
WINNER: Sophie Pascoe (QEII Swim Club) 

Jul 15 18

European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships Malta

by ZwemZa

Fontaine Logan (Twitter)

France, Hungary and Russia sharing the golds

Day one and two results of the European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships that are taking place in Malta are listed here

Results page here

5 k MEN PODIUM – Complete ranking
1. Ouabdesselam Leo 2003 FRA 00:58:02,83
2. Ivan Morgun 2003 RUS 00:58:12,12
3. Aleksandr Stepanov 2003 RUS 00:58:14,16
5 k WOMEN PODIUM – Complete ranking
1. Szimcsák Mira 2004 HUN 01:01:33,75
2. Edel Evelin 2003 GER 01:01:44,58
3. Blanke Marlene 2004 GER 01:01:47,36

7,5 K MEN PODIUM – Complete ranking

1. Clusman Jean-Baptiste 2001 FRA 01:26:27,86
2. Daniil Orlov 2001 RUS 01:26:33,10
3. Danil Nemolochnov 2001 RUS  01:26:51,17

7,5 K WOMEN PODIUM – Complete ranking

1. Veronika Nikulina 2001 RUS 01:33:38,48
2. Carla Goyanes 2001 ESP 01:33:38,49
3. Giulia Salin 2002 ITA  01:33:38,56

10 K MEN PODIUM – Complete ranking 

1. Fontaine Logan 1999 FRA 01:52:09,36
2. Kirill Dolgov 1999 RUS 01:52:30,23
3. Russo Emanuele 2000 ITA  01:52:31,44

10 K WOMEN PODIUM – Complete ranking 

1. Lisa Pou 1999 FRA 01:57:42,37
2. Rohács Réka 2000 HUN  o1:57:47,58
3. Ciccarella Silvia 2000 ITA  01:58:20,97

 

Day 3 relays cancelled due to bad weather conditions

LEN

Jul 15 18

Sascoc fat cats tighten belts‚ but athletes are still in the money

by ZwemZa

Mr.Tubby Reddy SASCOC CEO and Mr. Gideon Sam SASCOC President , Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula addresses the media on the outlook of the ministry plans for 2011 Pic Martin Rhodes © Business Day

Athletes and staff are unaffected by a financial squeeze at the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc)‚ says president Gideon Sam.

Board members weren’t paid their allowances for June‚ but Sam said as far as he knew‚ salaries and benefits had not been affected.

Sascoc also pays Operation Excellence grants to contracted athletes.

“Staff and athletes first. We won’t pay allowances [to board members] until we’re okay‚” the president said‚ adding the cash-flow problem should normalise when a R4-million investment is liquidated.

Sascoc has been struggling since the Lotto distribution rules changed last year‚ limiting funding to national federations — which includes the umbrella sports body — to a maximum annual grant of R5-million.

Sascoc’s total revenue for the last audited financial year was R177-million‚ of which more than R100-million came from Lotto.

The other problem‚ Sam said‚ was Lotto’s cooling off period‚ which effectively prevented organisations from applying for funding on a yearly basis.

At a recent council meeting Sam told members that Sascoc could sell its shares in the gaming company Phumelela‚ which are valued at around R80-million.

Sascoc‚ however‚ is obliged to sell to a BEE entity. “There are one or two groups doing a due diligence on Phumelela …

“[But] it’s not the solution‚ because we will chow that money without sponsors.”

He said he was organising meetings with government and Lotto to try change the rule to secure set funding for Sascoc.

It’s not the first occasion Sascoc has experienced cash-flow problems‚ undergoing something similar around the time it was bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

David Isaacson | Times Live

Jul 14 18

Swimming Australia wants to revive NSW as a powerhouse, as Queensland steals the spotlight

by ZwemZa

Ian Thorpe won 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals during his career ©Getty Images

Swimming Australia will work to re-establish NSW as a swimming power to ensure the sport retains an elite presence throughout the country.

Just two members of the 32-strong Australian team for the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo next month live in NSW, with 25 of the athletes based in Queensland.

Queensland’s climate, facilities and wealth of talented coaches and athletes have always made the state a swimming magnet.

Matt Wilson is one of only two NSW-based swimmers in Australia’s Pan Pacific squad. Pic: AAP

Olympic gold medallist Alex Baumann, who has recently come on board as SA’s chief strategist, high performance, said growing high performance in NSW was vital if Australia was to remain a swimming power.

“We’ve identified that … there needs to be some intervention in NSW,” Baumann said.

“Queensland is doing very well but how do we ensure that NSW is performing as well? How do we build that sustainability in NSW?

“The belief is that is NSW is performing well, then the whole nation will perform well in addition to Queensland.”

NSW has just one of the 10 high performance training centres in the country at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC) where the state’s two resident Pan Pac swimmers — breaststroker Matt Wilson and backstroker Bradley Woodward — train with Adam Kable.

Former NSWIS swimmer Adam Kable (L) trains NSW’s elite at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

Baumann said one of the sport’s key strategic priorities was helping develop more opportunities in the state.

“It’s a matter of ensuring all the states are firing and performing well but we do have to put more emphasis on NSW from a coaching perspective,” Baumann said.

“That’s not saying that there aren’t quality coaches there but how do we ensure we are creating the right environments in NSW.”

David and Emma McKeon are two NSW-raised swimmers who have opted to train in Queensland.

Many of the state’s best swimmers end up in Queensland, with the likes of Wollongong products Emma and David McKeon and Newcastle’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes relocating to the Sunshine State to link with elite coaches.

“So how do we provide the right environments where they will stay in NSW? “ Baumann said of the challenge facing SA.

Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren said the SOPAC program could provide a blueprint for others in the state but regional locations may have to be looked at, with elite swimming programs a tough sell in the world’s biggest cities.

“The biggest capitals in the world usually don’t have high performance programs,” Verhaeren said.

“It’s because it’s busy, it’s not easily accessible, it’s too expensive.

Australian head coach Jacco Verhaeren recognises the need to revive swimming in NSW. Pic: Adam Head

“And this is what’s worked at SOPAC, the athletes that train there, live almost at Sydney Olympic Park so they don’t have the traffic.

“Matt Wilson was (initially) driving an hour up and down (from the Blue Mountains) to get to the pool and that’s in the longer term for high performance.

“That’s why Brisbane is so successful.

“But you don’t see high performance swimming in New York or LA, or Paris, it’s too busy.

“But looking, for example at Newcastle, Wollongong, that’s all still (possible).

“It’s not impossible in Sydney but you have to look carefully at where you locate people.”

Emma Greenwood | Gold Coast Bulletin

Jul 14 18

Swim England unveil new national swimming performance centers

by ZwemZa

Adam Peaty (Swim England)

Five national swimming Performance Centres have been created across the country to support talented young swimmers.

Swim England is working in partnership with swimming clubs and universities to give swimmers the opportunity to stay in the sport, achieve academic excellence and perform to the highest standards.

The five Swim England Performance Centres are located at High Wycombe, Leeds, Guildford, Manchester and Nottingham. The clubs and universities involved are:

Club University
Guildford City Swimming Club University of Surrey
Leeds Swimming Club University of Leeds / Leeds Beckett University*
City of Manchester Aquatics Swim Team (COMAST) Manchester Metropolitan University **
Nova Centurion Swimming Club, Nottingham Nottingham University
Wycombe District Swimming Club Buckinghamshire New University
* Also supported by Leeds City Council
** Also supported by Manchester City Council

Grant Robins, Head of Talent for Swimming at Swim England, said: “The Performance Centre project is an exciting initiative that will expand and extend the Swim England Talent Programme.

“The Performance Centres link swimming clubs and universities to support the development of young swimmers both in the pool and academically.

“By creating a number of centres, swimmers will be able to move from the junior to senior swimming ranks while continuing their studies. It will also help to make the transition to the British Swimming World Class programme more accessible, leading to more English athletes reaching the highest levels of the sport.”

The centres were selected following an application process and have been developed using a partnership model to ensure long-term sustainability. The Swim England Talent Team will provide support through funding, coaching, and technical advice.

George Wood, Swim England Sport Development Director, said: “We are incredibly proud to be working with local partners to develop these Swim England Performance Centres. We are passionate about providing our club members with opportunities to keep training and by working with local universities, this will enable them to achieve both their academic and swimming potential.

“We look forward to supporting the Swim England Performance Centres and how we can expand the programme in the future.”

Swim England

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