Australian backstroker Emily Seebohm will face a wrinkle in her training plans as her longtime coach Matt Brown is set to move to Melbourne next month.
Brown coached Seebohm to an Olympic silver medal in 2012, and also guided the 22-year-old to a huge summer that included a gold medal and two upsets of American world record-holder Missy Franklin at Pan Pacs.
But according to the Courier-Mail, Brown was fired from his club last summer, being notified by e-mail while he was coaching at the first day of Pan Pacs. He and his group of high-level swimmers have been bouncing from pool to pool since, trying to keep training going through Australian Nationals. Those happened last month, with Seebohm winning all three backstroking distances.
But Brown could only coach on his own, without a salary, for so long, and he eventually had to accept a coaching position in Melbourne that starts next month.
That leaves Seebohm looking for a new team and coach to join in the Brisbane area as she readies herself for this summer’s World Championships and next summer’s Olympic Games.
Just 22 years old, Seebohm is still a rising swimmer and is one of the top candidates to upset 2012 gold medalist Franklin in either backstroke race.