The Cayman Islands swimming programme is getting a massive boost because it has appointed a technical director – but that won’t be until September of next year.
Ian Armiger of Loughborough University where he is Director of Swimming, is leaving his post following the completion of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
After 15 years of unparalleled success at Loughborough, Armiger has accepted the offer to become the new Technical Director for Swimming in the Cayman Islands and will start his new role on 1 September 2012.
Armiger has nearly 40 years’ experience as a professional swimming coach, during which time he has been totally committed to helping a host of swimmers achieve their dreams.
Since arriving at the University in 1997 Armiger, together with an outstanding group of coaches and support staff, built a unique programme based upon a holistic and inclusive approach to coaching which enables swimmers to combine elite performance with academic excellence.
This programme has firmly established Loughborough as the number one swimming environment in the UK and created one of the finest swim teams that has dominated the British Universities Championships and won many national and international honours.
During his time at Loughborough Armiger has been instrumental in developing the careers of many of the finest swimmers and coaches the UK has ever produced. With a group of world class coaches and unquestionable support from everyone involved, the programme has enabled swimmers to win numerous medals and break records at National, Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level.
Armiger said: “Loughborough University Swimming has been my life for the past 15 years and I’ve loved every minute of it. Working with such fine coaches, swimmers and support staff in a unique and positive environment has enabled us to develop the programme from relatively small beginnings to the dizzy heights of world swimming.
“It’s been a tough decision to move on but, as for many coaches, post 2012 Olympics is a time for reflection and new challenges. Whilst I am very sad to be leaving Loughborough University, I am looking forward to the exciting opportunity to make a difference to Cayman Island Swimming.”
Andy Borrie, Deputy Director of Sport at Loughborough University said: “Ian has quite simply been Mr Swimming at Loughborough for many years. His energy, commitment and drive to our programme has made us the best performance centre in the UK, attracting the best elite swimmers to train and study at the University.
“Although we are sad to see Ian go, I would like to thank him for all that he has given to the University. I wish him well for his new role in the Cayman Islands.”