New coach set-up at the Danish National Training Center


Incoming changes in the coach set-up at the National Training Center

The Danish Swimming Federation can today announce that the current coaching set-up at the National Training Center (NTC) will change.

Since the 1st of January 2017 the swimmers at the NTC have been coached by Head Coach Martin Truijens along with Coach Mads Bjørn Hansen. During this period, many top international results have been achieved, among those 12 international medals and 11 national records.

Furthermore, we now have the highest number of swimmers ever with a dual career, where high performance swimming is combined with education.

Regardless of the top results there has been a dialogue between The Danish Swimming Federation and Head Coach Martin Truijens. During this dialogue it has been clear that the Danish Swimming Federation and Martin Truijens disagree on the set-up for elite sports in Denmark:

– Martin Truijens and Mads Bjørn Hansen have without a doubt contributed to many top international results for some of our most talented swimmers. However, we have realized that we have different views on elite sports and how the environment should be at the NTC. Because of this, Martin has handed in his resignation. By extension Coach Mads Bjørn Hansen has handed in his resignation too. In dialog with both coaches we have reached the conclusion that it will be the best outcome to part ways right away, says Pia Holmen, CEO of the Danish Swimming Federation. The High Performance Manager Lars Green Bach adds:

– Although both parties realize the timing of this decision short before the World Championships is undesirable, we have reached the conclusion that it will not be an option to continue the present set-up due to the different views on elite sports and how the environment should be at the NTC. Furthermore, we are certain that a change in the set-up will prove to be the right decision on a long-term basis. We wish Martin and Mads all the best in their future endeavors and thank them for their hard work and committed efforts for Danish swimming, says Lars Green Bach.

The Danish Swimming Federation is already working on the new coaching setup, which will be announced as soon as it is established.

Press release from the Danish Swimming Federation


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