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Ian Armiger to leave Loughborough University

13th December 2011

Loughborough University Director of Swimming Ian Armiger has confirmed he will leave his post following the completion of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

After 15 years of unparalleled success at Loughborough, Ian has accepted the offer to become the new Technical Director for Swimming in the Cayman Islands. Ian will start his new role on 1 September 2012.

It’s been a tough decision to move on but, as for many coaches, post 2012 Olympics is a time for reflection and new challenges.

Since arriving at the University in 1997 Ian, together with an outstanding group of coaches and support staff, has built a unique programme based upon a holistic and inclusive approach to coaching which enables swimmers to combine elite performance with academic excellence.

During his time at Loughborough Ian has been instrumental in developing the careers of many of the finest swimmers and coaches the UK has ever produced. With a group of world class coaches and unquestionable support from everyone involved, the programme has enabled swimmers to win numerous medals and break records at National, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level.

Speaking of his decision, Armiger said: “Loughborough University Swimming has been my life for the past 15 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. Working with such fine coaches, swimmers and support staff in a unique and positive environment has enabled us to develop the programme from relatively small beginnings to the dizzy heights of world swimming.

“It’s been a tough decision to move on but, as for many coaches, post 2012 Olympics is a time for reflection and new challenges.

“Whilst I am very sad to be leaving Loughborough University, I am looking forward to the exciting opportunity to make a difference to Cayman Island Swimming.”

With Ian moving on, the University and British Swimming are taking the opportunity to think creatively about swimming at Loughborough and are committed to working in partnership to continue to build Loughborough’s reputation as a world class swimming environment.

All of his team mates at British Swimming wish him the very best for the future and in his new role.

British Swimming National Performance Director Michael Scott said: “Loughborough University and British Swimming have implemented one of the best training centres in the country and Ian has played a valuable role in achieving this and the successes that have followed.

“Ian has been selected to various British Teams where his enthusiasm and passion for the sport is infectious and has a very positive effect of those around him.

“All of his team mates at British Swimming wish him the very best for the future and in his new role, and look forward to seeing him on the international pool deck again soon.”

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