Tancock ready for new chapter but won’t forget his old coach Titley
LIAM Tancock might be about to lose his coach of nearly a decade to his Canadian rivals but the double world champion insists it won’t mark the end of their relationship together.
Tancock’s mentor at Loughborough ITC, Ben Titley, announced last month that he is set to leave his role to take up a post as head coach of the National Swim Centre Ontario in Canada.
For Tancock it will mark the end of an era – arriving at Loughborough University in 2003 he has won world 50m backstroke gold and bronze twice since and a medal of the latter colour in the 100m.
He currently holds the 50m backstroke world record, set in 2009, while Titley has also guided him to three European long course medals and seven at the Commonwealth Games.
Tancock failed to earn the most prestigious one at the London 2012 Olympics as he placed fifth in the 100m and fourth in the medley relay but he insists his and Titley’s bond will never be broken.
“Ben has been my coach for nine years and it has been incredible,” said Tancock – who helped celebrate the successful applicants of the 2012 Gillette ‘Great Starts’ grants last month.
“As a country we set up a programme about eight years ago and that plan has progressed and got stronger and better and everyone has gelled together and that has steadily grown.
“Ben coached me to become a world champion, retain that world title and break the world record three times so it has been a great partnership.
“I think that shows the commitment and dedication between the two of us and I can’t speak highly enough of him and I appreciate all the hard work he has put in.
“And I guess the relationship we have is one of those things that will last a lifetime, he is like a good friend really.”
Titley’s departure leaves Tancock without a coach at a time when a review is being launched into why Britain’s swimmers failed to hit their Olympic medal target of five to seven, winning just three.
Tancock will look into it but he anticipates a decision won’t be made until the findings of the review have been revealed and he has returned from a well-deserved holiday.
“I have to look into who my new coach will be now but I am off on holiday to have a complete break before I come back and refocus,” he added.
“I think after a big competition you need a nice break to refocus your body and energy levels but also your mind and that will give me some thinking time at what the net stage will be.
“And obviously that will be in conjunction with British Swimming and I am sure they have a great support network that will help me.”
© Sportsbeat 2012