Baildon was formally elected to the board early this week with his selection ratified at the Swimming Australia AGM in Melbourne today.
With over 30 years’ experience in swimming, firstly as an athlete representing Australia at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics, followed by his work as Managing Director at the Superfish Swim School in Queensland for the past 22 years.
Swimming Australia President John Bertrand AO said it was fantastic to have someone of Baildon’s pedigree joining the board of Swimming Australia.
“Andrew not only has his swimming background to draw on but has also held different positions on technical committees and advisory boards within swimming and the Commonwealth Games.
“His knowledge, passion and understanding of the sport will be a great asset to the board and we very much look forward to his contribution in the coming years,” said Mr Bertrand.
Andrew Baildon OLY, Founder/Managing Director of Baildon Group (encompassing Superfish Swim Schools, Goldfish Cafes and 3 Jetts Fitness centres), is a dual Olympian, and 5 time Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, ranked in the top twenty swimmers in the world for over a decade. Andrew is a respected swim industry expert, television and event presenter, keynote speaker and international consultant. He is an Australian Swimming board member, Australian Sports Foundation board member, former ASCTA board member and. Andrew was the Australian Team Captain in 1993 and 1994, was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his service to sport. Andrew was instrumental in the successful Commonwealth Games Bid in St Kits & Nevis, bringing the 2018 Commonwealth Games to the Gold Coast and went on to be a member of the Sport & Technical Committee, Chairman of the Athletes Advisory Board and Member of the Queensland State Government's Legacy Committee.