2-time Olympic champion Perkins to lead Swimming Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kieren Perkins is getting his experience attained in the pool to the board room: He’s been named president of Swimming Australia.

Perkins gained gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics and broke several world information in his occupation. He retired from swimming in 2000 possessing gained 23 medals at international competitions and was inducted into the Activity Australia Hall of Fame in 2002.

The 47-calendar year-previous Perkins requires more than the job that was left vacant by former president John Bertrand subsequent the Swimming Australia yearly typical assembly final 7 days. Bertrand skippered Australia II to victory in the 1983 America’s Cup, ending 132 years of American supremacy in the yacht race.

“I consider Kieren’s swimming pedigree speaks for alone, but he also has unbelievable enterprise acumen that will be essential to the purpose as we look to navigate in a put up-COVID atmosphere,” Swimming Australia main executive Leigh Russell said in a assertion Saturday.

“He has spent a massive part of his lifetime in the sport and has that fantastic blend of knowledge the nuances of swimming and strategic knowledge from the company sector.”

Perkins claimed he wanted swimming to stay a single of Australia’s major sporting activities.

“I have a solid desire to retain swimming’s position as Australia’s most thriving Olympic activity and with only a 12 months out from Tokyo, it is crucial to retain a amount of steadiness and focus,” he stated.

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