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O’Brien named Pathway Implementation Manager

14 February 2014

British Swimming has appointed Ciaran O’Brien to lead on the implementation of a new long term Performance Pathway strategy that aims to produce a new and sustainable generation of exciting home-grown swimmers.

O’Brien will work across the home nation governing bodies to implement a clear and fully aligned performance pathway that supports athlete development initiatives from junior through to senior levels. The pathway will increase the supply of British high performance athletes capable of producing consistent international medal winning performances.

"I'm looking forward to creating a positive difference for our athletes and the sport" - Ciaran O'Brien The current ASA Talent Delivery Manager, O’Brien will be responsible for evaluating all aspects of the Long Term Athlete Development framework including the domestic competition structure, and creating resources to assist with the development of coaches.

Commenting on his appointment, O’Brien said: “This role is a great opportunity to look at what has been done in the past, critically analyse the outcomes, and identify ways for the Pathway programme to evolve.

“Having spent time as a performance coach and mentor, as well as working with governing bodies and funding agencies, I am looking forward to bringing all that experience together to create a positive difference for our athletes and the sport.”

Head of Performance Pathway, Tim Jones, said: "Ciaran is an extremely important addition to our team, and will be responsible for implementing some much-needed change within the sport.

“It is vital that we get to grips immediately with some of the structural and strategic challenges required to guarantee the production of a new, highly skilled group of swimmers who will be better placed to deliver sustained senior international success in 2020 and beyond.

“Ciaran brings a wealth of expertise to the role, and will be well positioned to hit the ground running."

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