Nesbit appointed Commonwealth Team Head Coach

1 Apr 2010
World-renowned coach Chris Nesbit has been appointed to the position of Head Coach for the England swimming team bound for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The appointment has been welcomed by British Swimming National Performance Director Michael Scott who believes Nesbit’s experience will be of great benefit to the team.

“In conjunction with the ASA, British Swimming is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris to the position of Head Coach,” said Scott.

“He is a well respected coaching figure within the swimming community and his last appointment with British Swimming has been as Head Coach of the offshore centre in Australia.

“From my perspective his coaching leadership will be critical to England’s success in Delhi and Chris’s track record as a coach means he will command the respect of the team in the lead up to Delhi,” said Scott.

In 2008 Chris Nesbit was appointed Head Coach of the British Swimming squad for the World Championships (25m) in Manchester where Britain enjoyed an impressive team performance.

Over the past five years Nesbit has been leading the Offshore Centre in Australia and prior to that was Head Coach at Portsmouth Northsea.

“This opportunity comes at a great time for me after finishing my five years at the offshore centre,” said Nesbit. “This Head Coach position is a role that all senior coaches would be very pleased and excited to be a part of and I’m looking forward to it.

“On a personal note, I’ve coached around 25% of the possible team at some point or another so it’s great to continue the journey with them to Delhi and face together the tough challenge of a Commonwealth Games.

“I’ve worked with Team Leader John Atkinson before at the World Championships in Manchester in 2008 and it was a very successful event for the team. We work well as a partnership and I’m excited to be a part of it again for Delhi.”

Nesbit believes the Commonwealth Games provide athletes with the perfect experience and introduction of a multi-sport event.

“The Commonwealth Games are a great opportunity for England’s swimmers. For the more experienced athletes it’s a great challenge while for our younger, developing swimmers it’s a perfect multi-sport event to experience ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

“It’s the perfect introduction to major international competition and will no doubt produce swimmers that will be serious medal contenders in 2012.

“There’s no doubt it will be a tough challenge for Team England. The Australians will be there in force, Canada and South Africa are also producing some very talented athletes and the home nations always pose a real challenge.”

Prior to the Commonwealth Games, Nesbit will work with the ASA’s Beacon Programme where he will look to continue the development on the next generation of England’s swimmers.

English Programmes Head of Talent Development Nick Sellwood is excited about introducing a coach of Nesbit’s calibre to the programme.

“The ASA is really delighted to have secured the services of a world class coach to lead the Commonwealth Games team and to assist the ASA in accelerating its Beacon Programmes.”

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