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Senior Performance Manager - Disability Athletics appointed

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UK Athletics has pulled off its very own transfer coup in the appointment of Tim Jones from British Swimming to the role of Senior Performance Manager - disability athletics.


Jones, who under the Performance Directorship of Bill Sweetenham has spent the last two years as the Head of World Class Youth and then Age swimming programmes, accepted the post and will start work in September.


Tim brings a high level of performance management skills to the table and we are thrilled he has agreed to join UK Athletics, “ said Dave Collins, UKA Performance Director.


“As with many appointments of this level, it is the experience in helping manage and support an athlete to achieve optimum performance that is the key, skills which are easily transferable across many sports. In short, Tim possesses the world-class experience and knowledge which will compliment the expertise in disability athletics already in the programme”


Jones, who competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympics over 200m butterfly, also has a strong coaching background working with both disabled and non disabled swimmers and believes he can use this to his advantage when dealing with Great Britain’s 56 World Class funded athletes.


“My most recent position in swimming allowed me to focus on the development of the next generation of World Class British athletes,” he said.


“Now I am in a position whereby I oversee the performances of both Development and Podium level athletes – a challenge which I did not want to slip by. 


“The opportunity to work in a performance system whereby total integration within athletics is the eventual aim was too good to miss, and an amazing challenge in the approach to 2008 and 2012.”


The high profile post has been filled at the optimum time – with UK sport set to announce funding levels for disability athletics in the run up to Beijing and beyond this Wednesday 26th July.