During the last week and especially since the swimming events have concluded Swimming Australia and the Australian swimmers have been scrutinized and criticized for their performance in Rio. Today an Australian coaching legend Bill Sweetenham came out not only criticizing the Swimming Australia brass and coaching staff, but he is calling for Aussie Head Coach Jacco Verhaeren and High Performance Manager Wayne Lomas to step down and for fresh leadership to take over.
Verhaeren was hired as the Head Coach of the National team in 2013 a year after the Australians suffered one of their worst Olympic showings in their history winning only gold at the Games. Since he has been in the position the Australian team has improved going from two gold at the 2013 World Championships to seven in 2015 and even though Rio was a huge disappointment for the team they did improve their gold medal count from one to three and went from seventh to second in the medal standings.
The five Australian individual medalists; Kyle Chalmers, Emma McKeon, Mack Horton, Madeline Groves and Mitch Larkin along with Verhaeren met with the press and shared what they had learned from their Olympic experience.