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Dunn Joins The FINA Bureau

Mar 8, 2012  - Craig Lord

Matthew Dunn, former medley ace for Australia, has been voted on to the FINA Bureau as member for Oceania. The position had been occupied by Dennis Miller, of Fiji, who now takes up Oceania's Vice-President allocation. 

The move to place a swimmer only several years beyond retirement from his competitive days is the latest sign of modernisation within the organisation. Athletes and coaches are likely to look to Dunn to represent their views at the top table of the sport.

Miller, meanwhile, has remained Bureau Liaison for the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee in the wake of the death of American Fran Crippen in a FINA 10km race off the Dubai coast in October 2010. 

The committee has worked on a new framework for open water sport aimed at delivering athlete safety measures that were not previously in place but were recommended by two critical inquiries into Crippen's death, one in the US and the other commissioned by FINA.

In its latest moves, the FINA Bureau has appointed Andrea Prayer acting TOWSC honorary secretary, while a High Diving Commission has been formed.