Post-pool success stories to help mentor Swimming Australia group

A COUPLE of our most successful former Olympic swimmers will help mentor the next crop of super fish.

Dual Olympic gold medallists Susie O’Neill and Michael Klim have joined the national team’s leadership group.

NINEMSN reports, the door has been left open for Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett to also become mentors under the new initiative to re-build the Australian swimming team.


While Thorpe and Hackett have endured public struggles outside of the pool, O’Neill and Kilm are considered post-pool success stories.

However, Swimming Australia high performance director Michael Scott said the group could also learn important lessons about life after swimming from Thorpe and Hackett.

Thorpe is battling depression while Hackett has undergone treatment in the US for an alleged addiction to Stilnox.

“We will embrace a number of our past champions in a variety of activities – certainly Grant and Ian fit that bill,” Scott said.

“They have their personal challenges and we expect that they need some space right now.”
Klim and O’Neill will work with the current leadership group including Gold Coast product Thomas Fraser-Holmes as well as Cate Campbell, Bronte Barratt and Rhys Mainstone.

Retired leadership member and Southport star, Brenton Rickard’s replacement will be elected after next month’s national swimming titles in Brisbane.

The group was formed to rebuild culture after a London Games campaign marred by the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team’s Stilnox controversy and their worst Olympic haul in 20 years.