British Swimming has apointed Mark Perry, the current Open Water Performance Manager, to a new duel role which will see him incorporate the development role into his current remit. His new job title will be British Development and Open Water Coach.
Perry, who started his career as a coach is relishing the opportunity to spend more time with the coaches and swimmers to drive the sport forward.
On his appointment he said: “I am delighted with my new role and especially the opportunity to work alongside more coaches. I am really looking forward to the challenge.”
An experienced coach himself, Perry started his career with British Swimming in 2006 as an Open Water consultant before progressing to his current full time post. He coached Melanie Marshall to her European Junior Gold medal and was part of the British coaching team at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
Michael Scott, National Performance Director for British Swimming said: “I am delighted with Mark’s appointment. It is an important position in the run up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, opening up opportunities for the next generation of British swimmers.
“Mark already has a strong club background and well established relationships with the coaches. To assist Mark in his role, we will be recruiting for a Programme Manager for both the Open Water and Development to provide him with technical and administration assistance.”