2012 London Olympics: Swimming Australia President David Urquhart Releases Statement After Difficult Outing for the Aussies; Announces Review of Swimming Australia

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LONDON, England, August 6. TODAY, Swimming Australia president David Urquhart felt the need to release a statement to the media in response to rampant speculation about the direction of Swimming Australia after the Aussies finished with 10 total medals (1g, 6s, 3b), behind Team USA's 30 and Japan's 11.

His statement announces a review of Swimming Australia, which will include input from Bill Sweetenam and Susie O'Neill.

As the President of Swimming Australia, I along with the Swimming Australia Board, am responsible for setting the strategic direction for swimming in Australia.

There has been a lot said by people here in London and back at home about our overall medal performance. While everyone is entitled to their own view, no one should doubt the commitment or effort of our swimmers. All of them are proud to represent their country and have done their best in an incredibly competitive swim meet.

It is clear the world has lifted the bar when it comes to swimming and so must we.

In the last 24 hours following the swimming competition I have been in contact with my fellow board members. To this end, we have agreed we must do everything possible to get Australian swimming back on top. This is not a time for blame and scapegoating, this is an opportunity to make the changes required to rise to the international challenge.

We are a proud swimming nation, we have a proud history and have the swimming talent and coaches to be the best in the world.

After every Olympic Games we assess our results and these Games will be no different. I am today announcing a review of our London performance, focusing on Swimming Australia's high performance programs and administration.

The review will be conducted by one of Australia's most experienced coaches, Bill Sweetenam together with Olympic gold medallist Susie O'Neill. They will bring extensive knowledge and experience that will help Swimming Australia prepare for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The terms of reference for the review will be developed by the Swimming Australia Board once the Paralympic Games have been completed. This review will be independent and it will come to its own conclusions. I will make the terms of reference public once they have been developed.

I am very proud of our swimmers and I am confident they will come back stronger in the future.

David Urquhart

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