Andrea Di Nino, the head of the eponymous ADN Swim Project, is to coach Chad le Clos, the 2012 Olympic 200m butterfly champion and World 100m champion from South Africa, while Australian international Bobby Hurley has been appointed performance manager of Le Clos’ new CLC Swimming Academy in Cape Town.
The Italian coach, who guided butterfly Olympic silver medallists Milorad Cavic, of Serbia, and Evgeny Korotyshkin (the Russian with whom Le Clos shared London 2012 silver) to success, will start to work with Le Clos with immediate effect, a statement from CLC noted.
Le Clos, guided by Graham Hill from boyhood to Rio 2016, said: “I’m excited to be working with Andrea. His coaching record is second-to-none and I look forward to our journey together.
“I need to continue to improve to achieve my goals in swimming, and Andrea is the perfect person to coach me in this next stage of my career.”
For his part, Di Nino, noted: “I am delighted to be coaching Chad and think that together we can achieve great things.
“He has already had a lot of success, but I see his talent, drive and ambition to do more, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Di Nino also has a lead role in the development of the Energy Standard International Swimming Club, with James Gibson at the helm as head coach. The Italian coach brings with him a strong commitment to anti-doping and clean sport and works only with those prepared to sign a personal contract that includes a termination clause in the event of any doping. Di Nino’s programs include a cultural commitment to healthy lifestyle and sports preparation, things he says are incompatible with the culture associated with doping and what that seeks to achieve.
Meanwhile, Hurley has been appointed as his Performance Manager, reporting to Di Nino. Hurley, a world-class freestyle and backstroke specialist, will also run the elite and development squads of the new CLC Swimming Academy in Cape Town.
Said Le Clos: “Bobby is a phenomenal athlete in his own right and I’m so pleased that he has chosen to join my team alongside Andrea. Bobby’s drive and work ethic matches my own, so I’m sure our team will produce the results we’re looking for.”
“I can’t wait to start working with Chad and the other talented swimmers who will be based in Cape Town. As I take a break from training to recover from injuries, I look forward to learning more about the sport from a great mind like Andrea, and sharing my knowledge and experience with Chad, and the next generation of swimmers in South Africa.”
The new CLC elite training academy and development squad will be based in Cape Town at Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck. Le Clos spoke about his plans and his personal ambitions in an extensive interview with SwimVortex last September.