Tracy Stockwell (Caulkins) Out As President of Swimming Australia After Nine Months

After just nine months at the helm, Tracy Stockwell (née Caulkins) is out as President of Swimming Australia.

The organization announced the election of Dr. Michelle Gallen as president on Friday, briefly thanking Stockwell for her contributions at the end of the press release.

Stockwell was appointed president of Swimming Australia this past February, taking over for another swimming great, Kieren Perkins, who transitioned into a new role as CEO of the Australian Sports Commission after 16 months as president.

Stockwell, who has served on the Swimming Australia Board of Directors since 2016, has a decorated swimming resume, including winning three Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles while representing the United States. She also won five World Championship titles and 48 U.S. National Championship titles, and went on to become an incredibly successful sports administrator in Australia after marrying Aussie Olympic medalist Mark Stockwell.

While things were seemingly going well for SA during Stockwell’s tenure, the Board has given her the axe and replaced her with Gallen, who becomes the organization’s third female President, joining Evelyn Dill-Macky and Stockwell.

Gallen is the Director of Strategic Projects for the Queensland Government’s Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport and has been on the SA Board since October 2021.

A former elite triathlete, Gallen currently serves as the Chair of Swimming Australia’s Integrity & Ethics and Constitutional Review Committees and has a PhD in International Sports Law from Melbourne Law School.

“It is an honor to be elected as President of Swimming Australia,” said Gallen. “We are in a very exciting phase of regeneration and growth of our sport as we turn our attention towards Brisbane 2032 and maximize the opportunities for our community across the country.

“We have a strong vision and strategic plan that we look forward to delivering on for everyone involved in our sport.”

In addition to the announcement of Gallen’s appointment as president, SA also added three new board members in Susan SmithTim Ford and Iain Melhuish.

In acknowledging Stockwell, the SA offered the following statement: “Swimming Australia would like to express its gratitude to former President Tracy Stockwell for her immense contributions as a Director since 2016, and President for the past 12 months, particularly her invaluable relationships across international swimming where she is held in the highest regard.”

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21 days ago

There seems to be a revolving door at swimming Australia HQ.. game of thrones stuff

22 days ago

Some snippets from another paywalled article:

But highly-placed sources said Stockwell was thrown under the bus because of her close links and support of chief executive Eugenie Buckley, who replaced Alex Baumann last year.

Swimming Australia has always been highly fragmented but it’s an open secret that there is ongoing tension between the organisation and its nine member bodies who vote on the board’s make-up.

Those already deep divisions have only widened since Swimming Australia lost the backing of Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting after the last Olympics, leading to bitter fallouts over grassroots funding and pathway systems.

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22 days ago


22 days ago

The Swimming World article described it as a “coup.”

Floating Australia
Reply to  Chlorinetherapy
22 days ago

Ian Hanson is so financially intertwined with everything involved that he’s always going to have a personal angle.

Remember: they let him report on Shayna Jack’s doping after Shayna Jack paid him to help her navigate the media on the issue.

Her term (which she was not elected to) ended. They voted for someone else to take the job. That doesn’t sound like any “coup” that I’ve heard of.

Australian results in the pool seem to have improved for sure, but without the backing of Gina R, organizationally they’re still scrambling.

Brighton up your day
Reply to  Floating Australia
21 days ago

@Floating Australia
Wow! I mean you have mentioned names like you have above and then an unnecessary attack on someone. Apparently you have some insight into the financial status of a reporter which drives their opinion?
Please tell me more, to use a similar description….
“Put your money with your mouth is” and reveal your true identity as you have done so with the above personal attack.

Last edited 21 days ago by Brighton up your day
22 days ago

It doesn’t say why? What happened? Sounds fishy to me!

Obese Legend
Reply to  Ghost
22 days ago

The statement doesn’t sounds like there’s a big scandal. Conflicts of opinions? Or is it because she also holds position somewhere else? She’s still in the organizing committee of Brisbane 2032. Or is it because she’s American after all? lol.

Jay Ryan
Reply to  Obese Legend
21 days ago

And Alex Baumann is a Canuck

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