Swimming Australia to Probe London Medal Haul

Swimming Australia has announced a review of the team’s performance at the London Olympics after Australia’s swimming contingent failed to collect a single individual gold medal.  A win in the 4 x 100 metres women’s freestyle relay resulted in Australia’s only gold of the Games to date and prompted the review of the swimming team’s performances. bbThe review will be conducted by experienced coach Bill Sweetenam and Olympic gold medallist Susie O’Neill and will focus on the organisation’s high performance programs and administration.  Swimming Australia President David Urquhart advised that “the terms of reference for the review will be developed by the Swimming Australia Board once the Paralympic Games have been completed.  “This review will be independent and it will come to its own conclusions.”  Australia’s swimmers were expected to replicate their results from the 2008 Beijing Games when Stephanie Rice, Leisel Jones and Libby Trickett all won individual golds.  In a statement, Urquhart explained that it was clear the world had “lifted the bar” when it comes to swimming and his organisation must do the same. [Read more…]


  1. Alan Lewis says:

    Research has shown that unless there is adequate and appropriate ventilation in public pool halls, comepetitive swimmers are subjected to breathing air laden with Nitrogen Trichloride and Choroform Gases. These gases form at the surface of the pool as a result of heavy bather loads in the pool which develop these gases in liquid form in the circulated water. Eventually these emerge from the water in their gas phase form aided by the splashing and turbulence of training and competitions in the pool. Nearly all ventilation in such halls in Australia does not deal adequately with the capture and extraction of these noxious gases from such pools. Swimmers subjected to breathing these noxious gases often develop Bronchiolitis leading to damage to the epithelium of the lungs. This severely impedes their performance.

    If Swimming Australia wants do improve the performance of our competitive swimmers – something should be done about the provision of better ventilation which captures and extracts these gases lying on the surface of the pool. In your response to this comment – please ask for references and articles dealing with this problem and I will be pleased to forward them to you.

    Alan Lewis Pool Consultant Aquazure
    15 Aug 2012

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