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McKeon wins top Swimming Australia award

Emma McKeon and her coach Craig Bohl have collected the main gongs at Swimming Australia’s awards nights.

McKeon, a seven-time medallist at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, has claimed the Olympic program swimmer of the year award.

And her coach Bohl has taken out the Olympic program coach of the year at a virtual ceremony held on Saturday night.

McKeon’s four gold and three bronze medals at the Tokyo Games – the most medals won by an Australian at a single Olympics – made her a certainty for her award.

And Bohl’s feats in overseeing McKeon’s program presented an irresistible case for the award judges.

Will Martin, a triple gold medallist at the Tokyo Paralympics, was crowned the Paralympic program swimmer of the year.

And Martin’s coach David Proud was acclaimed as the Paralympic program coach of the year.

The awards were given on the day Swimming Australia named American-born triple Olympic gold medallist Tracy Stockwell as the organisation’s new president.

Stockwell replaces Kieren Perkins, who is moving to the Australian Sports Commission as its new chief executive.

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