In the wake of Kieren Perkins moving onto a new role as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission, we now know who will be taking over his previous post at Swimming Australia.
Perkins had served as president of Swimming Australia since November 2020 but, as of Monday, February 14th, Tracy Stockwell (nee Caulkins) will move into the role.
Stockwell comes with a hefty resume of accomplishments both in and out of the pool. As an athlete, her most notable achievements came at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles where she picked up both 200m IM and 400m IM gold as well gold on the medley relay.
Across her decorated career in the pool, Stockwell also claimed five World Championship Gold medals, five World Records and 48 US National Championship Titles, second only to Michael Phelps.
59-year-old Stockwell is a founding member and past president of Womensport Queensland and has served on the Board of Queensland Events Corporation and as Chair of the Queensland Academy of Sport, among several other roles. She first joined the Swimming Australia Board of Directors in 2016.
Of her appointment, Stockwell said, “Swimming has played such an important role in my life, and I feel privileged to take on a role that will empower me to give something back to the sport that has provided me with so many opportunities,” Stockwell said.
“With our Olympic and Paralympic athletes continuing to inspire, we have a collective responsibility to fuel the passion of those millions of Australians who love to swim, from the grassroots through to the elite, and continue to unify our broad community.”
“As we begin the journey to Brisbane 2032, we must do everything within our capability to fulfill our vision to be globally admired for our performance in and out of the water.”
Swimming Australia CEO, Eugénie Buckley, said, “As an athlete Tracy was an icon of swimming and, in the time since, has forged a path as a champion of change that now sees her as one of the most respected and renowned sporting administrators in the country,” Buckley said.
“If we are to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded to us on the path toward a home Olympic Games then we must have the very best people in our sport, and I have no doubt Tracy’s significant experience and influence will be an enormous asset in her role as President.”