Swimming: Gibson comes 'home' to boost GB's fortunes
Former world champion James Gibson has been appointed British Swimming's interim sprint coach to head up the sprint programme at Loughborough University.
Gibson was based at Loughborough before retiring from competitive swimming in 2010, and won gold at European, Commonwealth and world level before turning his hand to coaching at the CN Marseille club, one of French Swimming's High Performance Centres.
Since he took the lead of the sprint programme in Marseille, athletes under his guidance have won 19 international medals, including Florent Manaudou, who won gold for France in the 50m freestyle at the London Olympics in the summer.
Gibson has also been part of the Dutch coaching team since 2010.
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"My expertise during the past two years has been in sprint coaching, so I am delighted to have the chance to come back to Britain in this brand new role," said Gibson.
"There is already a good platform in Britain with some talented swimmers so, hopefully, the new programme will enable them to progress and win more medals at world and Olympic levels in the future.
"I have been in Marseille for six years and I am grateful for all the support I have had there.
"Britain has an excellent history in swimming and I am looking forward to coming home to lead the sprint programme in Loughborough, and playing an important role in its future development."
Michael Scott, national performance director for British Swimming, said: "As a swimmer, Gibson's background is first-class and, although he is a young coach, his experience during the last two years have provided him with great skills to help British Swimming lift its performances in the sprint events."