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England and Scotland announce Commonwealth head coaches

24 September 2013

Jon Rudd and Graham Wardell have been unveiled as the Head Coaches that will lead the England and Scotland teams at the Commonwealth Games.

Rudd, Head Coach of Plymouth Leander Swimming Club, is best known for coaching Ruta Meilutyte to her Olympic gold medal at the London 2012 Games.

"There is something very special about being part of an England team in swimming as we almost always compete under the Union Flag," - Jon RuddThe Lithuanian swimmer backed that performance up with gold at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. Rudd also coached Ben Proud to a new British record in the 50m Butterfly this season, breaking the previous marker had been standing for ten years.

With almost 25 years experience, Rudd is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and skills to the new position.

“It is a fantastic privilege to be leading my own country into a major games,” said Rudd. “There is something very special about being part of an England team in swimming as we almost always compete under the Union Flag.”

City of Glasgow head coach Wardell has worked within swimming for almost 30 and has previously coached British former world champions Katy Sexton and Gemma Spofforth.

"I know we will bring all of the fighting spirit and tenacity for which Scots are renowned to ensure we set the pool alight with our performances," - Graham WardellWardell has placed athletes on to teams at every level of competition and most recently coached British record holder Robbie Renwick during the Olympics and World Championships.

On being appointed to Scotland, Wardell commented: "Glasgow is a very special city which I hold dear to my heart so it is a huge honour to have been given this opportunity to lead the Scottish Swimming team in Glasgow.

"I know we will bring all of the fighting spirit and tenacity for which Scots are renowned to ensure we set the pool alight with our performances."

The Wales head coach for Glasgow 2014 will be announced in early October.

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