Swimming: SSA has sound game plan, says US national technical director

Keenan Robinson, US National Swimming Team High Performance Director, is in Singapore to conduct a coaching clinic on Feb 24, 2017.
Keenan Robinson, US National Swimming Team High Performance Director, is in Singapore to conduct a coaching clinic on Feb 24, 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) has a plan for the country to succeed in the sport, and its staff need "full, undivided support" to execute this plan, said US national swimming team technical director Keenan Robinson.

Robinson was speaking to media on Friday (Feb 24) at the Singapore Sports Hub's visitor centre, shortly before addressing over 100 parents from the SSA's affiliate clubs.

Referring to Gary Tan, head coach of the national training centre squad, Singapore Sports Institute biomechanist Ryan Hodierne and SSA technical director Sonya Porter, Robinson added: "Just let the top minds do what their doing ... let them do their job.

"The people that are at the top position right now from the coaching standpoint to the support staff - that's where you guys are hitting home runs. They have a plan in place; they know how to get swimmers to the very top level."

The 36-year-old is in town for four days at the SSA's invitation to observe and interact with members of the swimming fraternity.

"The thing you have to really appreciate is that Singapore swimming is an administration that is no longer figuring out - they have a plan in place," he said. "So every decision that they make, there's thought and intent behind it and they have a contingency plan to look at and evaluate whether or not it was a success."

Pointing to Joseph Schooling's Olympic gold success in Rio last year, Robinson added: "Jo didn't just show up in Rio and win a gold medal. There's a process to get there and there are highs and lows. Don't hit the panic button if the low occurs. It may be a calculated attempt by the coaching or support staff, or a new training methodology.

"Whatever it may be, they're learning."