PETALING JAYA: The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) have got the nod to bring in former Polish top swimmer Bart Kizierowski to take charge of the national swimming squad based in Bukit Jalil after Chinese New Year.
Asum are also waiting for the greenlight from the National Sports Council (NSC) to bring in American coach Chris Martin to help with the development and coaching programme.
Kizierowski was a former European champion before he turned to coaching in Spain.
He was the flagbearer for Poland at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and a bronze medallist at the 2005 World Championships in the men’s 50m freestyle in Montreal.
Martin has been involved in international swimming for over 30 years and has worked with the national teams of the United States, Britain and Scotland.
“Martin’s presence here is subject to whether NSC have extra financial allocation.
“He will play an important role in not just helping to look after the national team programme in Bukit Jalil but also grassroots development in all states.
“We want to revitalise the states’ development programmes. It’s a new direction we’re taking for swimming. If we don’t try, we’ll never know the results,” said Asum secretary Mae Chen.
The national swimming programme at Bukit Jalil was left without a head coach following the departure of Australian Paul Birmingham late last year.
Birmingham has been coaching in Malaysia for more than a decade but left after the Indonesia Asian Games in August and his assistant Jeffrey Ho has been taking care of the swimmers since then.
A total of 26 applications were received after Asum advertised the vacancy on the American Swimming Coaches Association and the world swimming body (FINA) websites.