“Excellence,” New Zealand Swimming’s new high-performance boss said of his philosophy towards the sport.
“It is just about being the best you can be every day. Training hard, facing challenges as much as you can – and don’t be worried about failing in the challenge. Be prepared to face the next one.”
New Zealand’s team of 14 swimmers are off to the world championships in Barcelona on June 8, the first major assignment since Villanueva replaced Jan Cameron as overseer of the high-performance programme.