Emma McKeon changes coaches to join Michael Bohl’s squad

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The 20-year-old freestyle and butterfly star made the bold decision after last month’s selection trials to leave coach Vince Raleigh at Chandler and move across Brisbane to join Michael Bohl’s squad at St Peters Western that is fast becoming Australia’s top young talent team.

It meant that McKeon would no longer train alongside her older brother, 200m and 400m freestyle gun David, but this move is certainly no family feud with the siblings to remain in the same share house but just drive in a different direction to training every day.

It is the second time in a year that McKeon has changed coaches, after she and David moved to Brisbane from Wollongong last year where they were coached by their father Ron.

Bohl said McKeon was trialling in his squad up until the Australian swim team next race at a grand prix meet in Canberra on May 15 but for now the move was working out well.

“She will give it a trial through to the Canberra grand prix in a couple of weeks and then make a decision more long term after that,” Bohl said.

“I think she is just at that point where she is not quite sure and I guess with kids it’s probably happening a lot around Australia people if they’re going to make changes it’s probably now or just after worlds with the Olympics next year,

“It is important they find the situation that they feel comfortable in.

“You don’t know what a program is like until you try it.

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