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SBD Global/August 7, 2012/Olympics
Australia Will Review The Performance Of Its Swim Team After The London Games
Published August 7, 2012
UNDER REVIEW: The AFP also reported that Australia "will review the disappointing performance of its much-heralded swimming team" at the London Games, as they acknowledged the world has "lifted the bar." Australia won one Gold Medal, six Silver and three Bronze in the pool in London -- their lowest tally since Barcelona in '92. They were also without an individual Gold Medalist for the first time since the '76 Montreal Games. Swimming Australia President David Urquhart said, "We must do everything possible to get Australian swimming back on top. This is not a time for blame and scape-goating, this is an opportunity to make the changes required to rise to the international challenge." Urquhart said that "the review will be independent and conducted" by experienced coach Bill Sweetenham and former Olympic champion Susie O'Neill, who has "blamed the poor showing on a lack of discipline compared the countries such as China." The review, designed to help Swimming Australia prepare for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the '16 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, will focus on its high-performance programs and administration. Urquhart said, "We are a proud swimming nation, we have a proud history and have the swimming talent and coaches to be the best in world" (AFP, 8/6).