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ASC welcomes new swimming president and constitutional reform

Swimming Australia
Swimming Australia Ltd has announced John Bertrand as its new president.
Swimmers in AIS pool
John Bertrand AM is the new Swimming Australia Ltd president.

30 Aug 2013

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair John Wylie AM today congratulated John Bertrand AM on his appointment as President of Swimming Australia.

“John is an Australian sporting icon due to his remarkable achievements as a yachtsman winning the 1983 America’s Cup and competing in two Olympic Games, winning a medal in Montreal in 1976,” Wylie said.

“Apart from his sporting achievements John has had a highly successful career, displaying the leadership, strategic skills and integrity that will be a huge asset to Swimming Australia.

“Swimming is an incredibly important sport for Australia and despite recent challenges, is pursuing reforms like those announced today which will set the sport up for the future.”

A special general meeting of Swimming Australia adopted constitutional changes associated with the appointment and election of the president and the term of elected and appointed directors.

ASC Chief Executive Simon Hollingsworth said the commission introduced a set of mandatory governance principles for its largest funded sports in March.

Since then the ASC has been actively working with all sports, including swimming, to progress reform.

“These changes, which include having the president elected by the board, bring this aspect of Swimming Australia’s governance into line with others sports that are adopting best practice governance principles,” Hollingsworth said.

“The ASC congratulates Swimming Australia and its Members for adopting these important reforms and look forward to it making further progress.”

The commission will work with John Bertrand and the executive team at Swimming Australia to ensure Australian swimming maintains its position at the top on the world stage and continues to be a key participation option for our young athletes.

Swimming Australia will receive more than $8.7 million in funding from the ASC in 2013-14.

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