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Bill Sweetenham grew up in poverty in the rural part of Australia, in a place called Mount Isa, a mining town out in the middle of nowhere. Bill was 17 and knew nothing about teaching or coaching. From the moment he started working with the boy, he discovered his passion to become a teacher and coach and became totally committed to be the best he could be. He started coaching at the Mt. Isa community pool and quickly developed a team that ranked third in the country.

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Bill Sweetenham grew up in poverty in the rural part of Australia, in a place called Mount Isa, a mining town out in the middle of nowhere. Bill was 17 and knew nothing about teaching or coaching. From the moment he started working with the boy, he discovered his passion to become a teacher and coach and became totally committed to be the best he could be. He started coaching at the Mt. Isa community pool and quickly developed a team that ranked third in the country.

Recruited to replace Hall of Famer Laurie Lawrence at Carina, a club in Brisbane, he earned a reputation for being a tough and demanding coach - and for developing three of the greatest distance swimmers in history, Hall of Famers Steve Holland, Tracey Wickham and Michelle Ford. In , while on a training trip with the Australian team in West Germany, Bill suffered a catastrophic leg injury in a freak road accident.

It resulted in major surgery that continues to present him with challenges and hardships to this day. Dealing with this injury, he believes, taught him to be both a better person and a better coach — and he continues to learn from it. In , after serving as the head swimming coach at the Australian Institute of Sport for ten years and being in charge of many of Australian swimming teams at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and other events since , Bill found a new challenge in an offer to develop swimming in Hong Kong.

Four years later, he was back in Australia as the National Youth Coach. Britain had been in a downward spiral with its swim program for many years and in Sydney the Brits returned home without a single medal for its swimmers for the first time in history. After eight years on the job, Bill transformed British Swimming. Bill Sweetenham stepped down from his role with British Swimming and retired from day-to-day coaching in During his career he served as head National Team Coach at five Olympic Games, coached 27 medalists at the Olympic Games and World Championships and nine world record holders.

He is an accomplished and published author and is a internationally recognized consultant for his strategic planning capabilities in high performance sport and business. When not involved in a coaching education program, he is searching the world for more knowledge and experience, and for the next piece of information that will improve athlete and coaching performance.

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Bill Sweetenham Calls On World’s Swimming Feds To Rise Up And Banish FINA’s Leadership

Bill Sweetenham has served as Head Coach of national swimming teams at 5 Olympic Games for 3 different countries, and has coached swimmers to success at 9 World Championships and 8 Commonwealth Games. Bill is internationally recognised for his strategic planning capabilities in high performance sport. Bill consults with national and international high performance sports organisations, coaching bodies and businesses. Learn more. Bill conducts frequent international lectures in both the corporate and sporting worlds.

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Bill Sweetenham

Leading into the World Championships in Kazan, the hosts Russia had more than 20 cases on the books in just seven years in aquatic sports. The Australian and the requests of coach-representative bodies speaking for more than 20, members worldwide were ignored. To this day, Sweetenham has not even had a polite reply from a FINA top table that includes former Australian international Matt Dunn acknowledging his open letter. Sun, three-times Olympic champion, hails from China, the nation with the worst historic doping record of any barring the German Democratic Republic from a time when State Plan won the day and never resulted in a single positive test despite the systematic use of steroids and other banned substances for the best part of two decades on FINA watch. Says Sweetenham:. FINA [leadership] must be replaced immediately and prior to the Olympics. National organisations, led by their individual presidents, must show and display responsible character and leadership in forcing this issue.

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Sweetenham began his coaching career in his hometown of Mount Isa. Whilst at the club he coached three of the greatest distance swimmers - Stephen Holland , Tracey Wickham and Michelle Ford. From late to , he was Head Coach. In , whilst at the AIS, he suffered serious leg injuries as a result of a car accident in West Germany. Sweetenham's tenure with Great Britain was marked by medal success at World Championship level, Olympic disappointment, and recurring controversy on his man-management methods. Prior to the Athens Olympic Games , Sweetenham's tenure as Director marked considerable progress in British swimming.

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