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New Face On Accountability In Australia

Mar 19, 2013

The Stilnox Saga sinking into the stuff of 2012 but not yet out of sight, Swimming Australia today welcomed the Australian Sports Commission’s new governance principles to improve accountability and, through that, performance. The sport Down Under has been stirred and shaken by the controversy over team culture and the disruptive behaviour of the men's 4x100m free relay ahead of London 2012 last year. While focus has been placed on swimmers and the head coach, the issue of poor governance has also been raised. 

A Federation statement reads:

Swimming Australia President Barclay Nettlefold said recent discussions with Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth and Chairman John Wylie indicated that these new initiatives were coming, and Swimming is completely supportive of these new governance standards.

“Many of the new principles suggested by the Australian Sports Commission are mirrored in the recently released Independent Review into Swimming and they are recommendations that we are already considering and working on, at a board and stakeholder level,” said Nettlefold.

“As a sport we must aim for best practice governance and administration, and that will lead to creating the best environment for our elite athletes and coaches to succeed, and the best environment for our sport to grow at the grass roots.”

“We commend the Australian Sports Commission on taking a lead in this area, and commit to working with our stakeholders to meeting these new principles and standards.”

The Australian Sports Commission’s new governance principles can be found at www.ausport.gov.au