Swimming Australia’s controversial year out of the pool has got worse with president Barclay Nettlefold stood down on Saturday over allegations of inappropriate behavior towards a female team consultant.
The Swimming Australia board began to look into the comment on Friday but took further action today when another staff member came forward with a similar complaint.
Nicole Livingstone, a spokeswoman for Swimming Australia, said in a statement outside the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre:
â€œThe Swimming Australia board has today made the decision to stand down President Barclay Nettlefold pending an independent investigation into allegations of inappropriate comments made to staff.
â€œThe Swimming Australia board was today provided with new information about a separate allegation of inappropriate comments in addition to the one that is already being handled through our member welfare policy.
â€œThe board takes these allegations of inappropriate comments seriously and as such has made the decision that the president steps down to enable a full and independent review to be undertaken.â€