12th June 2021

Swimming Australia Media Release

Swimming Australia has been consciously working on issues of institutional concern for the past decade. Our focus is what we do today and in the future to ensure safe elite performance.

We are committed to the work of a solutions-based framework for Swimming Australia’s future. This is ongoing and daily work.

Integrity and care are vital to our sporting success, we recognise this and it forms the foundation for our actions as an organisation. Our Board of Directors is committed to the wellbeing of our swimmers and to the work it takes to create an environment of success and safety.

Our new CEO Alex Baumann has proactively begun a strategic structural review of Swimming Australia, five weeks into this role. Our Board will meet at the end of the month to have this strategy session. In addition to this planning, our Ethics and Integrity Committee of the Board will be closely examining all matters relating to issues raised this week.

This is a crucial week ahead of us, we know though these issues are too important to ignore. They need to be addressed here and now. We are committed to keeping our people safe and well.

We have taken the following steps to further our work – and have instigated these steps this morning. We will prioritise our current work across our integrity program. We will work with an independent female panel to investigate ongoing issues related to women and girls’ experience and advancement in our sport. Their focus will be on our future.

Our board director Tracy Stockwell will help establish this process. She has significant personal elite athlete experience and organisational experience with Swimming Australia.

• This media release was published by Swimming Australia on 12 June 2021. Click here for the original.

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