Barclay to join Swimming Australia leadership team

16 February 2022
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Swimming Australia is proud to announce Gary Barclay as the national governing body’s new General Manager – Performance Pathways.

A dedicated sports administrator with more than two decades worth of experience as an athlete, coach, executive manager and Board and Committee member, Barclay most recently served as the Performance Pathways Manager for Swimming Victoria.

Swimming Australia High Performance Director, Tamara Sheppard, welcomed Barclay’s appointment and believes his depth of experience and knowledge of swimming’s pathways will be an invaluable asset.

“Gary brings a unique perspective to this role having served in several key positions at a Club, State and National Level,” Sheppard said.

“His experiences in supporting athletes and coaches in the daily training environment, tracking their development and providing necessary development opportunities to ensure a strong National Competition pathway will all be critical to this role.”

“I’d like to thank Swimming Victoria for contributing another excellent addition to our national leadership team. Gary’s elevation to this role is a testament to the strength and quality of our State Member Organisations and their role in ensuring we have the best people at the forefront of our sport.”

Prior to his role at Swimming Victoria, Barclay served as CEO of one of Australia’s leading Swimming Clubs, Nunawading, across an incredibly successful 17-year period.

He also possesses a strong knowledge of the roles, responsibilities and linkages between National Sporting Organisations and key stakeholders including Sport Australia, the Australian Olympic Committee, the Australian Paralympic Committee and the Australian Commonwealth Games Committee, as well as the National Institute Network.

Barclay said it was an exciting time to join Swimming Australia at the beginning of this next decade of opportunity on the path to a home Olympic Games.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead and work with the coaches and athletes in the Swimming Australia Performance Pathways program,” Barclay said.

“It is an exciting time for the sport in Australia and it is vital that we continue to develop high performing people in sport and life.”

Barclay will commence his role with Swimming Australia on March 1.

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