The Danish Swimming Federation today announced that they have received NTC head coach Shannon Rollason’s resignation, to leave his position as head coach of the National Training Center in Bellahøj after the World Short Course Championships in Doha in December.
Rollason has been head coach of the Danish NTC since 1 March 2013, and was contracted to stay until after the 2016 Olympics in Rio. But family reasons made him cancel his contract, and leave Danish swimming ahead of time, for Australia.
Director of the Danish Swimming Federation Pia Holmen is distressed by the decision, but understands that family well-being must take precedence over everything else, even if it means that the Danish Swimming Federation now faces a huge challenge.
– “We have to admit that Shannon’s dismissal was certainly not part of the plan leading up to Rio 2016. At the same time, we must respect the fact that private interests can affect the professional life, and that has unfortunately been the case here. We have now begun finding solutions, so that we also in the future have an ideal set-up around the swimmers at the National Training Center NTC”, says the Danish Swimming Union director.