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Another Australian Helps To Steer GBR

Sep 13, 2007  - Craig Lord

As predicted by SwimNews earlier this week, British Swimming today announced the appointment of Australian Michael Scott as a High Performance Consultant in the wake of Bill Sweetenham's departure from the role of Director.

The search for as director and direct replacement for Sweetenham goes on. Scott, 51, will take up the role on October 1, days after winding up the Melbourne 2007 World Championships organisation, of which he was CEO.

David Sparkes, Chief Executive of British Swimming said: 'We are delighted to have Michael on board at this time. He has an excellent track record in swimming and sport and whilst our search for a permanent National Performance Director continues, Michael will ensure continuity by managing the team and programme that has been put in place by Bill Sweetenham.I believe he will give the swimmers and coaches the necessary guidance and leadership required to carry out the existing programme in the run up to the Olympics.'

One of Scott's strengths has been to attract worthy partners and sponsors to the sport. As an Australian, he will also bring with him some of the strong cultural aspects associated with Sweetenham and the experience of a grounding at the AIS.

Michael Scott Career Biography:


2005 - PresentCEO, 2007 World Swimming Championships Corporation

2001 - 2005Director, Australian Institute of Sport

1997 - 2001 Director, New South Wales Institute of Sport

1994 -1997Chief Executive, Department of Recreation Sport

1991 - 1994Director, Sport & Recreation, Victoria


1999 - 2005Member of the National Elite Sports Council

2000Sport Industry Australia's Sport's Great Achiever Award

2000Australian Sports Medal

2000Team Manager, 2000 Australian Paralympics Swimming Team

1999Chairman of the National Elite Sports Council

1999Sports Federation of New South Wales Sports Administrator of the Year Award

1993-1994Board Member, Victorian Institute of Sport