Swimming Australia Congratulates Kieren Perkins OAM

17 December 2021

Swimming Australia congratulates Kieren Perkins OAM on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission, announced today by Chair Josephine Sukkar.

The appointment means that Perkins will step down from his position as President of Swimming Australia after a transition period before commencing in his new role.

After originally serving as a Director with Swimming Australia from 2001 to 2007, Perkins re-joined the Board in June 2019 as an appointed Director before becoming an elected Director in October the same year.

He was appointed President in November 2020 and has steered Swimming Australia through a period of strong performances in the pool and significant change out of it.

The Australian Dolphins secured 45% of Australia’s Olympic medals and 43% of the Paralympic medals at the Tokyo Games, signalling a return to dominant performances in the pool through a strong High Performance program.

He established the Independent Panel review into the treatment of women and girls in swimming and in the past three months he has worked with recently appointed CEO, Eugenie Buckley, on developing the ten year strategy for swimming with a road map to the Brisbane 2032 Games.

Buckley said that while it is disappointing to lose Perkins to the Swimming Australia Board, the organisation was happy to hear of his new role.

“This is a great opportunity for someone of Kieren’s professionalism, both within sport and the corporate world, to lead the Australian Sports Commission and we know he’ll be a great asset and support for Olympic and Paralympic sports in this country,” said Buckley.

“Personally I would like to thank him for his leadership over the past few months, especially as we have worked through our strategic vision for the sport to 2032.”

Perkins’ history in Olympic sports through his swimming exploits place him perfectly to lead Sport Australia, having won two Gold medals at the Barcelona and Atlanta Games. Throughout his career he won 23 medals at international competitions, broke 11 world records and was the first swimmer in history to hold the Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships titles simultaneously.

He has been inducted into the QLD and Sport Australia Hall of Fame and was the 1992 Young Australian of the Year, receiving his Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the same year.

Swimming Australia thanks Kieren for his contribution to the Board and wishes him all the best in his new role.

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