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ELEANOR HALL: The revelation that an Australian swimming coach sold his training program to a
Chinese swimmer who went on to beat Australia's Jessicah Schipper to Olympic gold has caused a
splash in the sports world.

Schipper's coach Ken Wood says he was paid 'big money' for selling the training program. But a
former director of Australian swimming says the coach's decision was poor form.

Simon Lauder reports.

SIMON LAUDER: Until very recently Queensland's Jessicah Schipper was the world record holder in the
women's 200m butterfly. But in the Olympic final Liu Zige wiped more than a second off that record.

Now it's been revealed the little-known Chinese swimmer who took gold in Schipper's pet event had
the benefit of the same training methods that helped make Schipper the best in the world.

Schipper's coach, Ken Wood says he got "big money" for selling his training program to the Chinese
swimmer's coach. That includes information about stroke technique, weight training, diet and

Ken Wood told Fox Sports Liu Zige's win was a "bittersweet" moment for him.

He says he didn't offer any training to China after the Olympic trials in March, and he wanted
Jessicah Schipper to win the gold medal.

But the former director of coaching for Australian Swimming, Paul Quinlan, says it's all in the

PAUL QUINLAN: That is something that I would not have done nor would I have condoned when I was in
that position because I think it is really a matter of timing.

Coaches internationally do exchange information but the normal time to do this is following a major
event such as an Olympics or a Commonwealth Games or a world championships when it is exchanged at
conferences of coaches internationally.

SIMON LAUDER: Ken Wood defends his decision to share secrets with the national rival, saying he
only works for Swimming Australia once the team is selected, and he has to make a living.

The head of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, says it's not an ideal situation. But Mr
Coates says Australia has also been in the business of coach poaching and he defends the right of
coaches to sell their services.

JOHN COATES: Well I think that highlights one of the issues that we think needs to be addressed and
that is coach retention.

And the difficulty for him is that he is a coach, as I understand it, he is certainly not employed
by Australian Swimming. He is not employed by us so he has to make a living and he has done that by
supplementing his program with the money from the Chinese.

So in a perfect world, you would prefer not. I'm sure Jessicah was aware of it all. My
understanding is he had the Chinese girl training with them back in January or February this year
but unless we are going to be able to better support our coaches, we are going to see more of this
and more of them leave to go overseas.

It was the reverse leading into Sydney. I think in the 20 years from when the institute was
established through to the Sydney Games, we brought to Australia some 200 foreign coaches and that
was one of the reasons for our dramatic improvement.

SIMON LAUDER: Both Ken Wood and John Coates says it's impossible to know whether the sharing of
coaching secrets cost Jessicah Schipper a gold medal.

But it's not the only example of Australian expertise adding to the glory of nations who now lead
Australia in the all-important medal tally.

KEVIN NORTON: Well, certainly in cycling the head coach in the UK is an Australian.

SIMON LAUDER: Kevin Norton is a Professor of Exercise Science at the University of South Australia.

KEVIN NORTON: We have also had senior coaches in cycling in the US. We've had Chinese gymnastics
coaches in Australia. We've got a cycling coach in Australia from overseas at the moment so that is
just some examples.

There are many, many examples that could be used to show that coaches, like many other
professionals, move from one country to another as they look to practice their profession.

I don't personally have a problem with it. It doesn't upset me that that's happened. We could argue
we've done the same in Australia using international coaches from overseas so I personally don't
have a problem with it.

ELEANOR HALL: That is a Professor of Exercise Science at the University of South Australia, Kevin
Norton, speaking to Simon Lauder.