Published: Feb 12, 2013 05:07:40 PM Updated: Mar 19, 2013 09:24:26 AM
Swimming Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) are proud to announce the appointment of Adam Pine in his new role as the Paralympic High Performance Manager.
With almost seven years at Swimming Australia under his belt, Pine, who worked as the Sport Development Manager, the General Manager in Community Sport and most recently the General Manager of Strategic Relations, will now be responsible for leading the highly successful Paralympic program.
The triple Olympian, and four time Commonwealth Games representative will also bring personal experience and an inside knowledge of professional swimming to the role to ensure Australia maintains its position as one of the world’s best nations in Paralympic swimming.
“I feel this role is a perfect fit for me with my years of experience in high performance swimming as an athlete, and my grassroots experience managing the Community Sport and inclusive swimming programs. I will aim to pass on my attitude to excellence and take a holistic approach to improve all areas and aspects of Paralympic swimming,” Pine said.
Australian Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer, Jason Hellwig commended Swimming Australia’s Choice and said he was looking forward to the Paralympic success continuing under Adam’s leadership.
“As a former athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his sport, Adam understands the everyday pressures experienced by athletes juggling training with study and work, and with years of experience in developing community swimming programs, he also has a strong administrative background.”
By working closely with the Swimming Australia staff, the APC, key stakeholders, coaches and swimmers, Pine will play a key role in setting and managing the strategy for the development of Australia’s Paralympic swimmers.
“I see some challenges ahead, but that being said, I have already had some positive discussions with the APC and will work closely with them and the diverse stakeholders of coaches, swimmers and other agencies to face these challenges head on,” Pine said.
With swimming being one of Australia’s highest profile Paralympic and Olympic sports, Hellwig said the management of the swimming program would be crucial to the whole sporting community.
“Australian Paralympic swimming is critical to the success of the wider Australian Paralympic Team which is one of the reasons why Adam’s role is so important,” Hellwig said.
Following on from the success in London, where the Australian swim team came away with 18 gold medals, Pine said it would be important to build momentum and improve on the great results from 2012.
“I understand the importance of continuing our success and look forward to the challenges and new responsibility this role will bring,” Pine said.
Fast approaching on Pine’s agenda is the first major gathering of international Paralympic swimmers since London, at the 2013 Montreal IPC World Swimming Championships.