USA Swim Boss Chuck Wielgus Honoured With ACES Chief Executive Leadership Award

Chuck Wielgus back in the days when he was picking up early day tips. Photo: courtesy of USA Swimming

USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus has been honoured with the Association of Chief Executives for Sport (ACES) Chief Executive Leadership Award. The award, which recognises “his significant contributions to the national governing body’s growth”,  will be presented the award tonight during the association’s winter conference in Reno, Nevada. Exemplary performance in leadership, best practice sharing, information dissemination and…

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USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus has been honoured with the Association of Chief Executives for Sport (ACES) Chief Executive Leadership Award. The award, which recognises “his significant contributions to the national governing body’s growth”,  will be presented the award tonight during the association’s winter conference in Reno, Nevada. Exemplary performance in leadership, best practice sharing, information dissemination and… […]

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beachmouse

It really is a mixed bag with him. On one hand, you have a federation that shows steady growth and is financially on very sound ground. Its elite national team is well-funded, athlete retention numbers in the early teen years are improving, and international success remains at high levels. USAS is better run than so many other sports federations, both domestic and abroad.

But then there are still issues with the organization’s dealing with sex abuse accusations, and like a lot of people I still have problems with how that area has been handled during his tenure.

Craig Lord

Yes, beachmouse, no question that costly mistakes were made … and it beholds lawyers and others representing USA Swimming and such bodies to treat all those who were victims and those who still have stories to tell with respect and care. That’s one area that seems to have been poorly handled as far as the tales told to me go. Of course, worth noting that USA Swimming is light years ahead of many of its peers and that is in part reflected by that long list of the banned. Many nations have no banned list and none banned – which is unlikely to reflect experience given what we know of the 1970s, 80s etc, the Catholic Church and various other institutions and cultures in which what we now find abhorrent did not spur people to raise the roof on the richter scale of complaint (and where that did happen, in some case folk were all but ignored even by legal authorities well beyond the jurisdiction of a swim federation).

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