Olympic swimming coach joins Swimming Program of Excellence

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Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) & the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) are pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Talbot as Senior Coach of the SUSF & NSWIS Swimming Program of Excellence.

Talbot, a two-time Olympian and National Record holding backstroke swimmer from New Zealand who swam at two Olympic Games, will work closely with Head Coach Grant Stoelwinder. Stoelwinder was recently appointed to lead the SUSF & NSWIS Swimming Program of Excellence capacity building initiatives and continuing development, while also achieving international standard performance results with NSWIS and SUSF swimmers.

Talbot comes with great international experience, having coached six swimmers to the recent 2012 London Olympics with his role as High Performance Coach for Swimming New Zealand, and Stoelwinder couldn’t be happier with his appointment.

“I’m thrilled to have Scott join our coaching staff,” said Stoelwinder.

“His knowledge and success in the middle distance events will enable us to offer a complete high performance program covering all Olympic events. We are on the verge of an exciting era for the swimming at SUSF and the NSWIS.”

Last month SUSF and the NSWIS officially launched their new swimming program partnership, which has seen NSWIS athletes Matthew Abood, Andrew Abood and Te Haumi Maxwell join world class NSWIS swimming coach Grant Stoelwinder as Sydney University club swimmers.

Matthew Phelps, SUSF High Performance Manager, believes that the appointment of Talbot is another positive step towards a successful swimming program that will lead to swimmers achieving world class results while supporting the growth and academic achievement of athletes. The program will also support potential international, developing international and senior international athletes.

“SUSF conducted a vigorous search for a suitable candidate to compliment the new Program of Excellence and Grant Stoelwinder,” said Phelps.

“We were extremely impressed by Scott’s support for University based Elite Athlete Programs as well as his undoubted ability as a High Performance Coach. He will bring immense experience to the position given his performances as an athlete and the results he has achieved as a coach.

SUSF and the NSWIS are extremely excited to have two results driven; world class coaches to kick start our new partnership.”

Talbot stated that he couldn’t wait to beginning working on his new role.

“I am very happy and excited to begin this new role in partnership with SUSF and NSWIS,” said Talbot.

“With the team we have assembled, we have the makings of a great team to have athletes excel to their very best and perform both nationally and internationally in the near future.”

For further information please call:

 Grant Stoelwinder (0422 447 111) or Matthew Phelps (0421 899 175)