ASA Chief Executive Steps Down

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ASA CEO David Sparkes, OBE, is to step down after 20 years in the position to focus solely on his role as British Swimming CEO.

After operating as CEO for both organisations since 1994, the change has been agreed with both the ASA and British Swimming boards to allow David to concentrate his time and efforts towards the sport's high performance strategy and development alongside its International Influence programme.

The ASA will now begin a search for a dedicated Chief Executive to focus on growing participation in aquatic sports as well as supporting the development of talent through its affiliated clubs and a range of county, regional and national competitions all over England.

Edward Lord OBE, Chairman of the Group Board, Amateur Swimming Association said:

''I would like to thank David for his significant contribution to the development of swimming as ASA Chief Executive. The ASA is proud that swimming is the number one participation sport in England with over 12 million people swimming every year and David has played a major part in helping us get to this position.''

David Sparkes himself commented on the change saying:

''It has been a privilege to serve both the ASA and British Swimming for more than 20 years. In that time swimming in England and across Great Britain has gone from strength to strength with increased participation in the sport and the development of world class, medal winning athletes at elite level.''

David will remain joint ASA/British Swimming CEO until a sole ASA Chief Executive has been appointed and joins the organisation later this year.

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