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Scott leaving swimming to lead rowing

5 February 2015

Michael Scott is finishing as Swimming Australia Director of Performance to take up the role of CEO with Rowing Australia. When he commences in May it will be just 14 months until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

See the media releases from Rowing Australia and Swimming Australia below:

Michael Scott appointed as new CEO of Rowing Australia

Rowing Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Scott as its new Chief Executive Officer. 

The former Director of the Australian Institute of Sport (2001-2005) and CEO of the New South Wales Institute of Sport, Scott has also had success as CEO of the 2007 World Aquatics Championships and Director of Sport and Recreation Victoria.
A highly successful and experienced executive both in Australia and internationally, Scott will bring strong leadership skills to the role, coupled with commercial experience and exposure to sport at all levels. Most recently the High Performance Director of Swimming Australia, Scott also has a clear understanding of performance sport.
Rowing Australia Chairman, Rob Scott, said of the appointment: “Michael is a highly regarded leader in sport and he shares our vision of being the number one rowing nation in the world.
“Michael brings a unique set of skills from his leadership of national and state institutes of sport, commercial events management and leading high performance sport programs in Australia and internationally.
“We are delighted that Michael will be joining the Rowing Australia team as we prepare for the Rio Olympics and beyond.”
Having work closely with rowing in his prior roles at the Australian Institute of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport, Scott is eager to lead the growth of rowing in Australia: “Rowing is one of Australia’s oldest and most successful international sports with a proud history.
“I am honoured to take on the role of CEO as we strive to become the number one rowing nation in the world.
“Being number one in the world requires not only gold medal performances at Olympics, Paralympics and World Championships, but development of a vibrant rowing community across Australia that incorporates our state and club partners and showcases what makes rowing a fantastic sport for all ages.”
Mr Scott will start with Rowing Australia in May.

Rowing Australia

Swimming Australia starts search for new Director of Performance  

After almost two years working for Swimming Australia Michael Scott will be leaving the organisation after accepting a position as the Chief Executive Officer at Rowing Australia.

Swimming Australia has begun the search for a new Director of  Performance following this decision with the role sure to attract a highly competitive field.

Scott, who returned to Australia in 2013 after five years working for British Swimming, took on the role of Director of Performance at Swimming Australia in April 2013. 

A former Director of the AIS and NSWIS, and CEO of the organising committee for the 2007 FINA World

Swimming Championships, Scott brought with him a wealth of professional and high performance experience to help in the build up towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said that Michael has achieved a significant amount since his appointment. His leadership of the high performance department and across the system has laid a tremendous base for the future success of the team. 

“In his time at Swimming Australia Michael has led significant change across our sport at the elite level. This has resulted in a clear direction and well developed plans targeted at attaining success in Rio 2016 and beyond. In addition to Michael’s role we have developed a very strong and professional team that will ensure we stay focussed on delivering the plan leading into the Rio Olympics. 

Michael will continue to work with us over the next three months to ensure a smooth transition. We have already commenced the process of finding a replacement and we are developing a target list of potential replacements. I am confident that with our team progressing well, the High Performance Director role for Swimming Australia will attract a highly competitive field, Anderson said. 

We strive for world class and we have world class people within Swimming Australia. These individuals will be targeted and from time to time they will be recruited to higher places. 

“On behalf of the Australian Swim Team, staff and board I would like to wish Michael all the best with his new position as the Chief Executive Officer of Rowing Australia. Michael is a talented and respected sporting professional and we congratulate him on attaining this key role in Australian sport. We thank him for his significant contribution to Australian swimming. He has laid a strong base for future success.”

The team has already continued its successful build up to 2016 with some outstanding performances to beat the USA, China and Japan in the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth last weekend.

While under Michael’s guidance as the Director of Performance, the Australian Swim Team walked away from the 2013 FINA World Championships with a total of three gold and ten silver medals, then in 2014 picked up a record 57-medal haul including 19 gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and finished off the year with a total of 26 medals including ten gold from the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast. 

Scott said he will take great memories away from his time at Swimming and was looking forward to new opportunities with Rowing. 

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Swimming Australia and seeing the progress the team made in my short time with them. Seeing the swimmers step up and perform at the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast and having the national anthem played numerous times in front of a home crowd was a just one of many highlights. 

This new role will no doubt present some exciting opportunities as I move into the next phase of my career as CEO,” Scott said. 

Scott will officially begin with Rowing Australia in May and will continue to work with Swimming until the conclusion of the National Championships and the selection of the World Championship team in April. 

Swimming Australia

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