Swimming - Dietzig confident new role will bring British open water success

Bernie Dietzig is aiming to turn Great Britain into one of the world's leading nations after being appointed to the position of Open Water Swimming Lead.

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Swimming - Dietzig confident new role will bring British open water success
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Jemma Lowe of Britain competes in the women's 200m butterfly semi-finals at the British Gas Swimming Championships 2012 at the Olympic Aquatics Centre

Dietzig, with over 20 years of experience of the open water discipline, has worked as performance scientist with British Swimming since 2008 and was a key member of the team at a number of international events including the London 2012 Olympics where Kerri-Anne Payne and Daniel Fogg finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Originally trained as a sports physiologist, he will work alongside head coach Bill Furniss and develop a world class programme for open water swimming at podium, podium potential and talent levels to help Britain win medals at major events.

"Having been involved with Open Water Swimming as a member of support staff for nearly five years, I have good knowledge of the existing structure, associated swimmers and coaches," said Dietzig.

"I am confident I can implement changes necessary for British Swimming to become a world leading Open Water Swimming nation once again.

"And on a personal level feel more motivated and passionate than ever to fulfil our medal target for Rio 2016."

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