British Swimming CEO Jack Buckner Managing the Olympic Effort Through COVID

British Swimming’s CEO, Jack Buckner, dropped in on the SwimSwam Podcast to discuss the successes and challenges he has had to face on the run-up to this summer’s Olympic Games.

This interview was my first conversation with Jack. He’s very likable, no-nonsense, and comfortable in his own skin–like a chief executive with experience and a world-class athletic background, which he has.

Jack was not a swimmer, but he does swim for fitness.  Back in the 1980s and early 1990s Jack was an athletics star (track and field for our U.S. readers). He earned 5k gold at the 1986 European Championships and bronze at the 1987 World Championships. He went on to represent the U.K at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. See his athletics bio here.

Jack took the reins of British Swimming back in May 2017, inheriting a powerhouse.  British Swimming is, arguably, at the top of their game with a long list of stars.  Aside from global star and Olympic champion Adam Peaty, Duncan Scott and rapidly rising star Tom Dean are the topic of conversation for many swim fans right now. Scott and Tom will be leading Team U.K.’s 4×200 freestyle relay into the Summer Games as the clear favorites.

Jack covers a lot of topics, and he’ll be back in the future. If you have questions for future pods, share in the comments.


Music: Otis McDonald


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About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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