In late 2014, coach Shannon Rollason left his post at the head of Denmark’s National Training Center to return home to Australia, and according to Danish swimming website svoem.dk, one of the country’s biggest stars, Jeanette Ottesen, will next head down under to try to maintain some stability and peace.
“I have mainly chosen to take a month to Australia because Shannon is there,” Ottesen told svoem.dk. “Further, because I need to get away from stress and everyday life in Denmark…I have a very busy life, and if I’m going back in super good form, it must be outside Denmark, where I will not be disturbed. Plus, Australia is not such a bad place.”
Ottesen will depart as the weather improves in Denmark and as winter will soon begin to roll in to Australia.
At the time of Rollason’s departure, Danish Swimming Director said that his departure was “certainly not part of the plan up to Rio 2016,” but they understood the personal reasons behind the move.
Rollason has a long coaching history of Australia, including as the coach of Jodie Henry, who won three Olympic golds under his guise. He is a native Aussie and had only a brief stint in Denmark, but it was largely a successful stint there as he continued the upward path of Denmark’s loaded women’s program.
Rollason had previously worked as the head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport and the Chandler Swim Club, though it’s not clear exactly what his role is upon his return.
Ottesen is the 2011 long course World Champion in the 100 free and the 2013 long course World Champion in the 50 fly. Her time training under Rollason has to be considered a success, given that she went lifetime bests in the 50 free (long course and short course), 50 fly (short course), and 100 fly (long course and short course) in 2014.