Britain: Plymouth Leander Head Coach Jon Rudd was named as Coach of the Year at the 49th British Swimming Coaches Association Awards Dinner this week. In a year in which Britain hosted the Olympic Games, the top coaching honour was granted for gold won by an overseas swimmer based in England.
Rudd, who is also the Director of Swimming at Plymouth College received the award primarily for coaching 15 year-old Lithuianian Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte to gold at London 2012. The award was presented by Dutch head coach Jaco Verhaeren.
Rudd's assistant coach at Leander Lindsay Dunn, who is additionally the Deputy Director of Swimming at Plymouth College, was also presented with a Certificate of Achievement by the BSCA as part of her contribution to Meilutyte's success. As well as assisiting Rudd on the pool deck, Dunn takes the lead on Strength & Conditioning and in coordinating all of the Sports Science & Medicine services in the Plymouth Leander/Plymouth College programme.
Netherlands: Inge Dekker, the Dutch fly and freestyle ace, has left Marseilles, her base for the past two years. She tweeted today: "Bye Marseille! Forever... Feel a little sad about leaving this beautiful place, but I also know there are so many adventures ahead of me!"