The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) has finally announced who has taken over the position of head coach of the National Training Center (NTC), a position that has since been vacant Gary Tan took over as National Swimming Head Coach in January.
Effective immediately, Brad Dingey of Swimming Canada will continue as NTC head coach. Most recently, Dingey was the head coach of the High-Performance Centre-Vancouver for Swimming Canada, a role he has held since August 2020.
Dingey trained people like Hilary Caldwell, Ryan Cochrane, Emily Overholt and Brent Hayden throughout his career, resulting in a total of 13 medals at World Championships.
As part of SSA, Dingey will report to Tan, who is responsible for planning and implementing exercise sets on the pool deck and working with sports scientists to improve performance and prepare for competition.
Commenting on Dingey’s hiring, Tan says, “We are delighted to bring Brad’s expertise to the National Training Centre. He brings a proven track record and expertise in developing high performance swimmers. We are committed to ensuring our training centers at the OCBC Aquatic Center and Singapore Sports School are in the best possible position to support our athletes and programs for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.”
Technical Director of the SSA Sonya Porter adds, “Brad’s appointment is a critical link in the athletes’ journey to develop our next generation of swimmers into senior national team members with big game podium potential. His appointment will further enhance the world-class daily training environment at the National Training Centre.”
Dingey says: “I am very excited about this opportunity and appreciate the trust that SSA has placed in me. The National Training Center has demonstrated the important role it plays in supporting Singapore swimmers at the highest level. We want to continue to offer both swimmers and coaches the opportunity to succeed at the Asian Games, Olympic Games and World Championships.”
Dingey isn’t the only high-profile Canadian to recently change national posts as head coach at Swimming Canada’s high-performance center in Toronto. Ben Titleyjoined the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation.
There at RFEN, Titley will lead the Sant Cugat National Training Center as part of Spanish Swimming and the Spanish Sports Council’s “Team-Spain Elite”.