26 Jun 2011

Swimming NZ moves on SPARC recommendations

9:48 am on 26 June 2011

Swimming New Zealand's board has moved to act on the recommendations of the independent review SPARC commissioned after criticism of the sport's high performance programme.

Former top swimmers Helen Norfolk, who chairs the Swimmers' Association, and Alison Fitch have joined a High Performance Governance Committee.

The other members are Tauranga-based businessman and SPARC-appointed adviser Nelson Cull and the former New Zealand men's softball coach Don Tricker, who's now the New Zealand Rugby Union's high performance manager.

Their immediate focus is on supporting top swimmers and coaches in and out of the pool before the World Championships and London Olympics.

Committee chairman Ross Butler says they want the swimming community to be part of the solution and have started consultation.