Swimming Australia hands all power to Dutchman Verhaeren

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Swimming power Australia has given up finding a replacement for departing high performance manager Michael Scott before next year’s Rio Olympics and instead given head coach Jacco Verhaeren added responsibilities.

Scott will start as CEO of Rowing Australia in May and governing body Swimming Australia was mindful of the time constraints in bedding down a new manager with the Games looming.

“The fact we are only 15 months out from the Rio Olympics, we were mindful throughout the recruitment process of ensuring that we had the right individual who could immediately insert themselves into our High Performance environment, to ensure a very positive outcome in Rio,” SA CEO Mark Anderson said in a statement.

“We have a world class coach in Jacco Verhaeren who has evolved extremely well in the role of National Head Coach and across the Australian swimming high performance system.

“We believe he is the logical choice at this stage of the Olympic preparation to take over the team.”

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