The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) on Tuesday (Nov 18) appointed Spaniard Sergio Lopez as its head coach.

The 45-year-old had served the past seven years as Head Coach and Aquatics Director at The Bolles School, where he trained local swimmer Joseph Schooling for the last four years, according to a post on the SSA’s Facebook page.

“I want to thank the Singapore Swimming Association and the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) for believing in me and giving me this chance to lead Singapore Swimming.

“It is a privilege to have been chosen to lead Singapore Swimming to greater heights and to work alongside the Singaporean coaches and help them develop swimming to the highest levels possible,” Lopez said.

He added that the ultimate goal is to establish Singapore Swimming as one of the top in the world over the next five years. “I know that it is not an easy task, but I believe that with the talent of swimmers, coaches and the resources that the SSA and SSI have in place, the dream is attainable,” he said.

Commenting on his appointment, SSA Vice President (Swimming) Joscelin Yeo said in the post: “Sergio and myself share this dream to see the Singapore flag at the highest level as many times as it is possible at every international competition that we compete in.”

“At the same time, we will be work on creating a culture of ‘sustainable success’ that as long as we keep working hard, we will have the opportunity to be on top of the swimming world,” Yeo added.

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