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Emma Swanwick has been appointed by Triathlon South Africa as the High Performance Manager with effect from 1 November 2009.

Swanwick comes with years of experience in swimming, cycling and running as well as triathlon and counts amongst her major achievements coaching three Olympians in the pool in 2008, including New Zealand’s Cameron Gibson (5th fastest 100m freestyler at 2008 Olympics).

Swanwick was also involved in South Africa’s moment of glory in the 4x100m swimming relay in Athens in 2004.

Triathlon South Africa identified the need for a High Performance Manager to assist in planning for the 2012 Olympic Games as well as the growth of the sport at Elite level.

The main purpose of this position is the provision of managerial, administrative and logistical support for the athletes on the High Performance Program and to fulfill the vision and performance goals of the Program. The primary goal of the Program being a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Swanwick will also assist in improving the standard of coaching in South Africa by conducting coaching courses and presenting lectures, seminars and workshops, thereby transferring coaching skills and broadening the base of coaches.

She will assist in coaching a limited number of athletes with potential (particularly development athletes), as designated by TSA who are not part of the High Performance Program.

As High Performance Manager, Swanwick will in consultation with each athletes’ coach, manage their training and competition program, their travel arrangements, their anti-doping program, do athlete and coach evaluations, manage athletes’ individual performance plans as well as the on-going management of the annual HP calendar of activities amongst other training and testing camps.

Swanwick will be at the Global11 in Sun City on 1 November, the African Cup on 14 November and at the BSG/Energade Sprint Series events to familiarise herself with her new landscape and to meet the athletes and coaches she will be dealing with on an informal basis.

ÔÇ£TSA welcomes Emma Swanwick and we have faith in her ability to manage the High Performance Programme, improve the standard of coaching in South Africa and to lay the foundation for performance excellence by our junior athletes to perform on the international scene, particularly at the Olympic Games in 2016 and 2020ÔÇØ says TSA Secretary Jan Sterk.


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