LOUGHBOROUGH, England, January 29. BRITISH Swimming announced that Ian Turner is to stand down as Head Coach of the national program. Turner will remain in post until April 6 before heading to New Zealand where he will continue to work within the sport.
"It's been a difficult decision to make but I've been made an offer that I found too difficult to refuse," explained Turner. "It's a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to a new challenge and a different lifestyle. Unfortunately, you can't dictate when these moments arise but I know the group of swimmers I've worked with, together with the program as a whole, are in great hands for the future."
National Performance Director Michael Scott will work closely with key coaches within British Swimming over the coming weeks to provide continuity of development for the swimmers currently within Ian's training program.
"I know it's been a very difficult decision for Ian but it's one that I respect," said Scott. "Together we've looked at how we can minimize the impact felt by the swimmers and that will remain a priority as we move forward. We will be appointing an interim head coach who will work with the team and myself to ensure a smooth hand over. It's disappointing to lose someone of Ian's caliber but the team wishes him all the best for the future in his new life."
Commenting on Turner's decision, British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes said: "Ian has been a fantastic servant to the sport in Britain and has a tremendous record of delivering world class swimmers and international medalists.
"He's been an important part of a team that has brought about significant change in British Swimming. He's made an immense contribution and we're pleased the legacy he leaves behind is a robust one that will be felt for many years to come.
"We understand this new role in New Zealand is a terrific lifestyle opportunity for Ian and wish him all the best for the future."
Special thanks to British Swimming for contributing this report.