The Dutch swimming federation KNZB has announced the technical route for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 and Paris in 2024. In this, another role is played by national coach Marcel Wouda.
The former top swimmer acted as head coach top swimming in recent years and also coached a group of top swimmers. “In the changed structure, Wouda will primarily focus on supervising top swimmers within the High Performance Center (HPC) in Eindhoven,” says the KNZB.
The coaches Thijs Hagelstein and Patrick Pearson continue in Eindhoven with the top athletes they currently supervise, but they also get a number of talented swimmers in their group. “Both will train a mixed group, both focused on Tokyo and the future,” explains the KNZB.
In HPC Amsterdam, Mark Faber fulfills the same function as Wouda in Eindhoven. “For Mark, too, he will become more focused on top sport and will abandon his role in talent development. All HPC coaches work closely together and coordinate programs of training courses, supervision and competition participation,” said the KNZB. Kees Robbertsen takes care of the academy swimmers in Amsterdam.