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Talbot Re-Appointed - Sweetenham Heads To Great Britain

Apr 20, 2000

Australian Swimming Inc. president Terry Gathercole today announced the re-appointment of National head coach Don Talbot for a further 12 months and the resignation of National Youth coach Bill Sweetenham.

Talbot agreed to his new 12-month contract in Perth last week, while Sweetenham informed ASI today he had accepted a four-year contract as the National Performance director of Great Britain Swimming.

An ASI sub-committee, charged with the decision of Australia's coaching appointments, will table its recommendations to the Australian Swimming board meeting in Sydney next weekend.

It will be Talbot's 12th consecutive year as the Australian National head-coach, through a decade, which has seen the Telstra Dolphins Australian Swimming team become a major force in international swimming.

Talbot, renown internationally as the world's best head coach, has steered the Australian team to major successes at the last two Olympics, three World Championships, three Commonwealth Games and a barnstorming performance to win 12 gold medals at last year's Pan Pacific Championships