Will Sparkes Fly? Yes. Fina-Bound Britain Swim Boss On What He’ll Bring To Top Table

David Sparkes - British Swimming

David Sparkes will leave paid employment as the Chief Executive of British Swimming this month in readiness for a life as an “executive volunteer” at FINA’s top table at a time of turmoil and challenge for the international federation. In an interview with SwimVortex as the 2017 World Championships and Congress (Budapest, July 22) loom, Sparkes, under pressure to consider governance issues by masters upset with how they are represented internationally, reveals that he will be pressing FINA to listen to the voices of coaches, swimmers and others with a view to review and reform of the international federation; and will “encourage good governance and transparency”; would like to see “more women engaged in the FINA leadership team”. Further, when asked whether it was time to end the days of per diems and ‘executive volunteers’ and replace international governance with a model of professional, paid, management in which those employed to run the show are answerable to stakeholders and can be removed from their posts if they are not doing their job, Sparkes replied: “This is an interesting idea which needs a lot more thought and discussion.”

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David Sparkes will leave paid employment as the Chief Executive of British Swimming this month in readiness for a life as an “executive volunteer” at FINA’s top table at a time of turmoil and challenge for the international federation. In an interview with SwimVortex as the 2017 World Championships and Congress (Budapest, July 22) loom, Sparkes, under pressure to consider governance issues by masters upset with how they are represented internationally, reveals that he will be pressing FINA to listen to the voices of coaches, swimmers and others with a view to review and reform of the international federation; and will “encourage good governance and transparency”; would like to see “more women engaged in the FINA leadership team”. Further, when asked whether it was time to end the days of per diems and ‘executive volunteers’ and replace international governance with a model of professional, paid, management in which those employed to run the show are answerable to stakeholders and can be removed from their posts if they are not doing their job, Sparkes replied: “This is an interesting idea which needs a lot more thought and discussion.”

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