America’s Cup sailing legend John Bertrand has been named the new president of Swimming Australia (SA), replacing Barclay Nettlefold who stood down in June over accusation of innapropriate behavior.
Bertrand became a national sporting hero when he skippered Australia II to victory in the America’s Cup in 1983, ending 132 years of US supremacy. He also sailed at two Olympic Games’, claiming a bronze medal in 1976 at Montreal.
Confessing his only claim to fame in swimming was helping wife Rasa learn to do freestyle when they were students in Boston, the 66-year-old said he was confident he could bring a lot to the sport as it struggles to rebuild its international results and reputation.
“I am honoured to have been selected to preside over Swimming Australia,” Bertrand said
“Iâ€™ve had an association with high performance sport and high performance teams for more than 40 years and this appointment is one of the highlights of my career.
“Swimming has a proud history in this country and a reputation for hard work, humility and success. This tradition needs to continue and be a clear focus for all athletes and coaches as we head towards Rio in 2016.”
â€” Australian Swim Team (@SwimmingAUS) August 30, 2013