Jacco Verhaeren Heads New Leadership Group At Helm Of Directorless Dolphins

Jacco Verhaeren (Photo: Swimming Australia)

Swimming Australia has bypassed the appointment of a high performance director in favour of a restructure at the top among current staff in a move designed to ensure stability in the program a little over a year out from the Olympic Games in Rio next year

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Swimming Australia has bypassed the appointment of a high performance director in favour of a restructure at the top among current staff in a move designed to ensure stability in the program a little over a year out from the Olympic Games in Rio next year

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Lawrie Cox

Marvellous how history repeats itself but now the decision is supposedly a good one. In 2012 the General Manager High Performance moved on and the leadership of the team didn’t want anyone new so the role was absorbed into existing positions.
Now of course the “extensive forensic” review found fault with this course of action yet the current Board and CEO repeat the actions.
What a bunch of hypocrites.

Craig Lord

They could/should at least acknowledge such things – but thank you, Lawrie, for reminding us. This decision may well have come from Jacco, who wash’ around Down Under last time.

Todd

Lawrie will love this. One of the contributors to the ASC report in 2013 – Matt Faviar- was actually involved in the process that decided not to appoint a new HP boss. That report found duties were lumped upon head coach (Nugent) and HP manager (Wayne Lomas) & said it was a major problem.
I can’t see how now is any different? It’s just Jacco, Lomas and Martin Roberts who is to focus on post Rio strategy plans – when he will be replaced by a new HP boss coz he is only contracted til Dec 2016.
The argument is SAL has undertaken much governance change since 2012 so the sport is better equipped to handle this interim period.
Jacco was not involved in the interviews for new HP boss so hard to say if he wanted this but he will keep doing the job he’s done very well past 18 months.
I just hope they don’t overload him and he can just focus on making the team as best it can be because history shows if they don’t improve on 2014 (mid Olympic cycle) they will be left behind. Again.

Craig Lord

Thanks for the insight Todd.

Lawrie Cox

Thanks Todd for the further update. Such a amazing position and goes back to the fundamental problem at SAL interference from ASC in all aspects. Whilst i hope the team does well in the future i would hope the brains trust will be honest enough to accept failure as well and fall on their swords.
As for the governance change that the sport is better we are far worse now than ever. This decision smacks more of trying to save a dollar as they have spent far more than is coming in. As an example in 2012 with good sponsor dollars we had a staff of around 35 now we have about 58 on the chart and less dollars something has to give (this figure doesn’t include all the contractors).

Miles Rose

Hi Lawrie I might be slightly biased as I am one of the new staff at SAL, I would argue about the governance comment strongly given the new leadership under John and Mark.
Respect your opinion and I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised by our results in Kazan / Rio, and out of the pool.
Regards,
Miles

Craig Lord

Thanks for your insight Miles.

Lawrie Cox

Thanks Miles but after seeing and working with SAL boards from the late nineties to now i stick to my conclusions. I accept that as an employee you are making the call from what you see but i suggest you actually talk to some people form the past on their views of the current incumbents. By that i am not suggesting me or others from my time but go further back and find out some history.
Again i hope our team does preform well but as stated in the article this is not learning from history and supposed expert observations from the London team performance.
And i will state my bias that i would prefer some leadership that had a real connection and affinity with the sport.

Who is pulling the strings

Hopefully our swimmers can swim faster than the SAL conduct their investigation into Brian King! Obviously they are not in any hurry to wrap it up as it will doubt signal the end of Mark Andersons run on the gravy train…

Thankfully the AIS facility at Miami was quick to act after his inappropriate behaviour towards a female athlete.

Leopard can’t change its spot!

Things that make you go M'mmmm

Fantastic Miles Rose! Does that mean the 20-month wait for the victims of Brian King is coming to an end? Please, spare the rainbows and lollipops. 20 months and still waiting.

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