PERTH, Australia, January 15. JUST days after Bud McAllister announced that he was leaving his job as coach in Great Britain and transferring to an undisclosed club in Australia, the country’s federation has announced the McAllister will make camp in Perth to lead the Western Australia Institute of Sport’s Northern Suburbs High Performance Training Center.
McAllister’s talents as a coach will be highly sought after when he arrives Down Under. He developed Janet Evans into the swimming legend that she became, guiding her to three Olympic gold medals in the 1988 Games. Most recently, he’s been bringing several British swimmers to international prominence, including Jazz Carlin and Jemma Lowe.
Though most of Australia’s top talents are located on the eastern coast of Australia near Sydney and Brisbane, McAllister and Swimming Australia hope the move will create a new mecca for top talent in the country. Perth has seen some of its young swimmers reach Olympic heights. Eamon Sullivan and Sally Foster both have Olympic experience, with Sullivan winning multiple medals in 2008.
“To attract a coach of Bud’s calibre to Western Australia is a reflection of the enormous potential that exists in this state,” said West Australian Institute of Sport Performance Director Michael Broadbridge in a press release. “WAIS looks forward to Bud arriving in Western Australia, commencing the program and guiding Western Australian swimmers to national and international podium level performances.”
Perth was the first city in Australia to host the FINA world championships, doing so in 1991 and again in 1998. The city also hosts the Aquatic Super Series, an annual event that will take place in two weeks.
“I am very excited to start my new role at the WAIS Northern Suburbs High Performance Training Centre,” McAllister said. “I see tremendous potential in the rapidly growing Perth area and am impressed with the organisational structure and professionalism of WAIS, Swimming Western Australia and Swimming Australia.”
Media reports from Great Britain indicate that while McAllister is set to begin his new job next month, he will still be working with Carlin on a part-time basis through July’s Commonwealth Games. Carlin will travel to Australia for brief training periods with McAllister while keeping her current club in Swansea as her home base.