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Resurgence possible in NZ swimming, led by Lauren Boyle

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Three reports have been compiled, examining the structure and performance of Swimming New Zealand, and all have been critical to some degree of the national body. High-profile coaches have come and gone, some not very happily.

Even now there's no head coach for the national swimming squad and Luis Villanueva, the high performance director, is departing after little more than two years.

Moss Burmester, the former Commonwealth Games butterfly gold medallist, walked out on the sport a couple of years ago with a real parting shot at its administration.

In the water, results have been poor.

The shining exception has been freestyler Lauren Boyle who, after finishing fourth in the 800m at the 2012 London Olympics, has won three world championships medals in Barcelona in 2013, a Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow last year and set a short-course world record for 1500m.

Amazingly, Boyle is swimming faster than ever despite struggling to find a New Zealand coach she's comfortable working with.

Disabled swimmers Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher have achieved exceptional results and brought home buckets of gold medals from Paralympics and world championships.


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