Swimming Australia’s Chief Executive, Leigh Russell, would like to correct a number of inaccuracies that have been reported in the media this weekend.
“In light of the very public break up of two of our important athletes, Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin, Swimming Australia has given every consideration to address the wellbeing of our people,” Russell said.
Seebohm, a valued Dolphins team member, has been welcomed onto the Australian team, with staff working hard to ensure her wellbeing in the team environment, despite inaccurate reports to the contrary.
“At no stage did any representative from Swimming Australia say to Emily 'to stay away' from the Cairns Camp. To the contrary, every effort has been made to support Emily and she was consulted as to what were the best options for her performance preparation. She made the decision to come in to camp later, choosing to prepare with her home coach David Lush, a decision we fully supported.
“When she arrived she was assigned to a Team Coach - not Mitch Larkin’s coach as reported.”
After three days in the Team camp in Cairns, Seebohm requested a meeting with team officials yesterday where she said she indicated she had chosen to return home for the final nine days of her preparation. This request was approved and supported by Swimming Australia staff.
The Dolphins flew out for a second training camp in Nagaoka yesterday, after spending the last two weeks in Cairns, with Emily accompanied home from the Preparation Camp by one our senior staff members. She will re-join the team in Tokyo just before the meet begins on August 9, scheduled to race on August 10 in the 100m backstroke.
‘Swimming Australia wishes all of our athletes well as they prepare for the Pan Pacs, and know they are working hard to achieve their best in Tokyo,” Russell said.