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Sparkes elected LEN General Secretary

1st October 2012

British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes has been elected European Swimming Federation (LEN) Gerenal Secretary at the LEN Congress.

Sparkes, who received an OBE in the 2011 honours list, was elected at the Congress in Cascais, Portugal last weekend and takes over from the retiring Sven Egil Folvik of Norway.

As well as taking on his new role in Europe’s aquatics governing body, Sparkes has also been put forward as one of four European candidates to join the Bureau of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) next year in Barcelona.

"It is a great honour for me to take up my role as General Secretary of LEN and to work with my colleagues from around Europe to guide the future policy and strategy of swimming," said Sparkes.

"I have been able to take up this role through the support of UK Sport over a number of years as we have pursued British Swimming’s International Influence Strategy, with everyone in British Swimming working as one team towards our long term objective."

The 2012 LEN Congress also saw a new President of the Federation elected with Italy’s Paolo Barelli succeeding Luxembourg’s Nory Kruchten.

The 2013 LEN Congress will be hosted by British Swimming and held in Edinburgh on 28 September.

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