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ELEANOR HALL: Swimming Australia says it is appalled about the allegations of sexual abuse that
have been made against coaches by former swimmers this week. Last night, a Queensland triathlete
told the ABC he was sexually abused by his former swimming coach in the 1980s.

Former Olympian Greg Rogers earlier this week said that he and his brother were sexually abused by
the coach Terry Buck. And now the national coach of the Australian team, Alan Thompson, has gone on
personal leave while Swimming Australia investigates an allegation against him.

The CEO of Swimming Australia Kevin Neil told Madeleine Genner that the allegation against Alan
Thompson is not linked to abuse and he also said that his organisation had no knowledge of the
latest claims until last night.

KEVIN NEIL: Yeah the ABC contacted me probably about 20 minutes before they went to air.

MADELEINE GENNER: Does you organisation plan to investigate these allegations?

KEVIN NEIL: Any investigation, any, sorry, allegation like this should be handled by the correct
authorities and in this matter it would be the police. We do not know who the coach is or his name
and if the person who's come forward with the claims, if they would like to contact Swimming
Australia, we'd welcome that.

MADELEINE GENNER: Earlier this week the national head coach Alan Thompson went on personal leave
from Swimming Australia while your organisation investigates an allegation against him. Did he
choose to go on leave or has he been stood down?

KEVIN NEIL: No, he offered to go on leave and I must stress, it is unrelated.

MADELEINE GENNER: Your organisation has called it an anonymous and unsubstantiated claim of
inappropriate behaviour. Can you tell me any more about that investigation?

KEVIN NEIL: No I can't.

MADELEINE GENNER: Indeed you say there is no link with the cases of abuse reported this week but he
is standing down in the middle of these allegations. Why has he been stood down now?

KEVIN NEIL: It was his, he offered to do that, he wants to get this out of the way as quickly as
possible and he thought that was an appropriate thing to do.

MADELEINE GENNER: Also this week a former Olympic swimmer Greg Rogers claimed that he and his
brother were sexually abused by the coach Terry Buck. Now we're looking at three separate issues in
three days. Are you worried about the impact these claims are having on your sport?

KEVIN NEIL: Well it's, you know, we're appalled by the allegations. Appalled. And you know, we take
them extremely seriously. Swimming has the largest participation base of any sport in Australia
between the ages of five and 14 years of age and we will be very proactive to ensure safety for all
our members.

MADELEINE GENNER: But surely it must be having an impact?

KEVIN NEIL: I can't tell you if it has an impact or not. I mean it's appalling, they're appalling
allegations and, yeah, most people I speak to are appalled by them.

MADELEINE GENNER: Are you worried that some parents might now think twice before signing their
child up at the local club?

KEVIN NEIL: Well all we can do is, as I said, be proactive in our preventative approach to tackling
inappropriate behaviour. We welcome people to come forward if, we encourage people to come forward
if their is allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

MADELEINE GENNER: There have been calls this morning for further screening of coaches. Do you
believe that's warranted?

KEVIN NEIL: Well I think the screening of coaches in all sports probably needs to be uniform. I've
worked in other sports before where this, similar allegations have been made. So it's across a
number of sports and members of sports, coaches and officials, can go from sport to sport. So it's
an issue that I think we need to look at collectively.

ELEANOR HALL: That's the CEO of Swimming Australia Kevin Neil speaking to Madeleine Genner.