Monday, April 11, 2022

Ian is the “wright” person for the job

Scottish Swimming is delighted to confirm the appointment of Ian Wright to the role of National Coach. Wright joins having held a number of roles in a coaching career that spans over 25 years, including Head Coach of Warrender Baths Club in Edinburgh and Head Coach at Hatfield, near London. Wright has also held posts within Scottish Swimming, working as the Performance Coach at University of Stirling, when the programme was one of British Swimming’s Intensive Training Centres.

Wright, who is currently the Head Performance Coach for City of Glasgow Swim Team, will take up the appointment on 9 August. Speaking of his appointment, Wright said,

“I am really excited about the National Coach role and am already looking forward to taking up the post. That won’t be until August though, as I still have a job to do at Glasgow, coaching swimmers through to the summer meets and hopefully to the Commonwealth Games should they secure nominations and selections.”

Wright will join less than two years out from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games but is already looking well beyond that. He said,

“Those who will be competing in Paris and the LA Games in 2028 are already swimming and most likely in development programmes. We know that the 2032 Games are being held in Queensland and athletes attending those Games will only be in swimming lessons at the moment, they’re the ones I’ll be looking out for in the coming years.

Scottish Swimming’s Director of Aquatics, Ally Whike, also commented,

“Ian is an excellent appointment for Scottish Swimming. He is well-known and respected within the swimming community and brings with him a wealth of experience and success in developing strong club and performance programmes, guiding a number of athletes onto Commonwealth, European and Olympic Games teams. I am looking forward to him joining the Aquatics team later this year.”