Six-time Olympic Gold Medal winning Coach, Shannon Rollason will return to Australia to head up the ACT Performance Hub based at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.
Swimming NSW in partnership with The ACT Academy of Sport, Swimming Australia and Swimming ACT have appointed Rollason as Head Coach of the ACT Performance Hub, which will provide a High Performance coaching environment.
The non-residential program will support athletes residing in the ACT and regional NSW, each of whom will retain their ‘home’ Club identity with the goal of optimising athletic development and performances of the athletes nationally and internationally.
Rollason comes highly regarded from his previous roles, including Head Coach at the AIS between 2006 and 2012 where he coached Alice Mills, Jodie Henry, Tarnee White and Belinda Hocking. In 2013, Rollason moved to Denmark as Head Coach of the National Training Centre and later as Coach for the Danish Swimming Federation where he coached Jeanette Ottesen and Rikke Moller Pedersen to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Swimming NSW Chief Executive Officer, Mark Heathcote said he was excited to secure the services of Rollason to head up the new program.
“The ACT Performance Hub is a new concept for Swimming NSW and its partners to help provide a high-performance daily training environment for the swimmers of the ACT and regional NSW, and to have a Coach of the calibre of Shannon heading up the program is a fantastic result for local swimmers and coaches”.
Rollason will return to Canberra in April from the University of Edinburgh where he has been Performance Coach since January 2017.
Rollason said, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences with coaches and swimmers in the ACT and surrounding regional areas and to develop the Hub program.
“It’s exciting to be part of this new initiative.”
NSW State Head Coach, Ron McKeon said he was impressed at how the four project Partners had worked together toto bring the ACT Performance Hub Concept to life.
“From the very outset, Swimming NSW and Swimming Australia have had fantastic support from the ACT Academy of Sport, Swimming ACT and the AIS along with local coaches and clubs and this support has culminated in us achieving our goal of having a World Class swimming program in the ACT” McKeon said.
Rollason will officially begin as Head Coach, ACT Performance Hub at Swimming NSW on 23rd April 2018.