Bertrand Takes Swimming Australia Helm As President

[Photo: courtesy, Swimming Australia]

The Board of Swimming Australia today announced the appointment of John Bertrand AM as the new President of Swimming Australia Ltd. In a statement, the federation noted: “The appointment is another positive step for the leadership structure of Swimming Australia, as the sport heads towards Rio and beyond.”

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The Board of Swimming Australia today announced the appointment of John Bertrand AM as the new President of Swimming Australia Ltd. In a statement, the federation noted: “The appointment is another positive step for the leadership structure of Swimming Australia, as the sport heads towards Rio and beyond.”

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Australian swim fan

Where is the swimming experience? Surely a nation with the great swimming tradition and success that Australia has – second only to the US over more than 100 years of international competition – can find some one who is more intimately connected to this sport. Is this just another example that Australian Swimming has really lost it’s way. There are so many ex champions out there who are more than capable of doing this job. Nothing against Bertrand (he is a wonderful Australian) but his sport is sailing not swimming – we need swimming people to do swimming jobs.
Frustrated Australian swimming fan. Australia and Australian swimming deserves their own

swimfanz

This is a monumental decision that is consistent with other excellent selections at executive level in the past few months

Swimming in Australia needs leaders who have a philosophy based on integrity, accountability, transparency and humility but also with a proven passion and success at the top of world sport.

This man is a leader in the true sense of the word.

He represents everyone in Australian swimming, not just the champions but community swimming as well as the entire Australian community. He is of a typology that does not let people down and does not give up. Not ever.

I think criticism regarding his ‘non swimming background’ are somewhat naive and perhaps reflects a level of immaturity that the sport in Australia has been trying move away from.

At a business level, this decision will be a catalyst for a return of corporate interest to the sport in Australia and it must be seen as a vote of confidence for the new administrators.

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