LONDON, May 3. IN its push to catch up to the rest of the world, British Swimming has appointed Chris Nesbit as the head of an offshore swimming program based in Australia. The program, based out of the Southport School near Brisbane, has been designed to provide younger swimmers with the chance to train under optimal conditions.
In addition to continuing their education in Australia, the younger swimmers will train in state-of-the-art facilities. Nesbit is a two-time Olympic coach who oversaw the career of Katy Sexton, the 2003 world champion in the 200-meter backstroke.
"I feel very positive about the challenge ahead, "Nesbit said. "Even though it's different (than) what I've been doing over recent years, which I've spent being involved with the senior team, I'm really looking forward to working with the swimmers and school. This new role is about focusing on younger talent, between the ages of 15 and 18, and I've had some good successes with athletes of that age group in the past."
Nesbit is currently looking for additional talent to add to the program, which already features Chris Alderton, Michael Rock, Max Underhay, Daniel Waslin and Daniel Coombs.
"We have to make sure that we're continually moving forward and, as head coach and manager, that's what I'll be doing,” Nesbit said. “We have five swimmers there at the moment while selection is also being undertaken to identify six other suitable swimmers for the program and these would be in place by Christmas."
The program is the creation of British Swimming National Performance Director Bill Sweetenham. The Southport facility includes a 12-lane, 50-meter pool and a six-lane, 25-meter pool.