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Former QAS Board Member, Brendan Burkett appointed as Swimming Para Head Coach

10 September 2018

Former Paralympic gold medalist (50m freestyle, 1996) and Queensland Academy of Sport Board Member, Brendan Burkett has been appointed as Swimming Australia’s Paralympic Head Coach.

Along with Burkett’s impressive CV as an athlete, he also boasts a wealth of knowledge and technical experience having previously been the State Coach of Queensland and Scholarship swimming Coach at the Australia Institute of Sport. Currently the Director of High Performance Sport at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and a Professor of Sport Science (biomechanics), Brendan will step into his new position on 1 October.

The focus for the role will be on guiding and leading the team of Para coaches at the 2019 Para Swimming Championships and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, as well as providing leadership for athletes and staff within the team.

"I’ve been very lucky to be part of the spirit of the green and gold as an athlete and in various staff team roles in the past 17 years," Brendan said.

"During this time the Australian swim team has been guided by some outstanding head coaches who have set a high standard, including Brendan Keogh and the late Jan Cameron, and I am privileged to form part of this now."

"I am very much looking forward to contributing to the team in this new role and working closely with Adam Pine as we start our journey to the World Championships and Tokyo 2020", he said.

The QAS wishes Brendan all the best and can’t wait to see the success he and the para team achieve together.

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Last updated
10 September 2018