World Aquatics’ Nowicki to Team USA Swimmers: ‘The World Needs You More Than Ever Before’

by Riley Overend 5

November 20th, 2023 National, News

At the 2023 Golden Goggles Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles, World Aquatics executive director Brent Nowicki delivered a message to U.S. National Team swimmers.

Nowicki started by calling USA Swimming “one of the most successful swimming programs ever produced” before saying “of course, with that well-earned reputation comes considerable responsibility.”

“All of the National Team members out there, the eyes of the world staring at you when you walk out on that pool deck, my message to you this evening: Please do not underestimate the impact you have, in both actions and words, on our global swimming community,” said Nowicki, who spent eight years at the Court of Arbitration for Sport before taking over as director of World Aquatics in June of 2021. “You are each leaders who will help us guide our sport more than you may ever know.

“And right now, the world needs you more than ever before,” Nowicki continued. “As we’re all seeing, the world is truly a fragile place. Perhaps it’s more fragile now than any one of us can ever remember. At World Aquatics, it is our hope — indeed, it is a core part of our mission — to provide a pool deck where countries can come together and embrace peaceful competition.”

Nowicki’s cryptic comments about the fragility of the world are likely references to Russia’s war in Ukraine as well as the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Last month, the International Olympic Committee suspended the Russian Olympic Committee for absorbing sports organizations in four regions illegally annexed from Ukraine. Meanwhile, World Aquatics moved the last stop of its 2023 Open Water World Cup Series out of Eilat, Israel, amid ongoing fighting in the region, and the Eilat stop of the 2024 Open Water World Cup Series remains “to be confirmed.”

Ryan Murphy secured his second-ever Male Athlete of the Year while Katie Ledecky and Kate Douglass shared the Co-Female Athletes of the Year honor at the 2023 Golden Goggles.

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18 days ago

The only Nowicki that matters is Devon Nowicki…

Pieter H
19 days ago

Such a weird speech

Reply to  Pieter H
19 days ago

Such a weird delivery too

Dr Ju
20 days ago

BLAH BLAH BLAH. His words are just veiled threats to try and dissuade swimmers from expressing their political opinions

20 days ago

Why would a team of high performing athletes take any motivation or guidance from a wimp like Nowicki? He colludes with and celebrates dark people like President Hussain and Zhou Jihong

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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