Swimming Australia has appointed three-time Olympic gold medallist Tracy Stockwell as its new president — to replace the departing Kieran Perkins.
Stockwell, who has been on the Swimming Australia board since 2016, will assume the presidency on Monday while Perkins transitions into his new role as chief executive of the Australian Sports Commission.
Stockwell — who capped off her swimming career with three gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, where she captained the United States team — said she was keen to get started in her new job in the decade-long lead-up to the 2032 Games in Brisbane.
“Swimming has played such an important role in my life, and I feel privileged to take on a role that will empower me to give something back to the sport that has provided me with so many opportunities…,” Stockwell said.
“As we begin the journey to Brisbane 2032, we must do everything within our capability to fulfill our vision to be globally admired for our performance in and out of the water.”
Stockwell, who is also a five-times world champion and set five world records, was inducted into both the US Olympic and International Swimming Halls of Fame in 1990.
She immigrated to Australia and began her professional career, including spells with the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) and Queensland Events Corporation.
Swimming Australia CEO Eugenie Buckley said the governing body was lucky to have “one of the most respected and renowned sporting administrators in the country” as its president.
“If we are to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded to us on the path toward a home Olympic Games then we must have the very best people in our sport, and I have no doubt Tracy’s significant experience and influence will be an enormous asset in her role as president,” Buckly said.