Pieter Van Den Hoogenband


Australian swim team comes out in support of Ian Thorpe

Stathi Paxinos Squad members hope coming out provides former Olympic champion with some comfort in his personal life.

New coach wants an Australian swimmer in every Olympic final

Swimming Australia National Head Coach, Jacco Verhaeren, at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on Wednesday 19 February 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Stathi Paxinos The Australian swim team would have a finalist in every Olympic race by the 2020 Games in Tokyo, if not by 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, new head coach Jacco Verhaeren has declared.


Ratbags, redemption - and the purge to end all purges

david sygall

David Sygall They went from gold-medal favourites to a national disgrace before the Games in London had even begun.

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Jacco Verhaeren accepts challenge of making Australia No.1 in swimming

Stathi Paxinos Australia's new head swimming coach, Jacco Verhaeren, has arrived in the country with a wealth of experience, not to mention success, having guided the careers of Pieter van den Hoogenband, Inge de...


New coach Jacco Verhaeren sets sights high for Australian swim team

Dutch swimming coach Jacco Verhaeren

Stathi Paxinos Australia's new head coach arrived with a wealth of experience, not to mention success.


Olympic swim coach would welcome Ian Thorpe as a team mentor

Swimming Australia National Head Coach, Jacco Verhaeren, at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on Wednesday 19 February 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Jon Tuxworth Australia's head swimming coach would welcome troubled great Ian Thorpe back into the fold.


Swimming Australia appoint former 'Hoogie' mentor Jacco Verhaeren to head coaching position

Jacco Verhaaren

Rupert Guinness Swimming Australia has given incoming national head coach Jacco Verhaeren a clear mandate – to make Australia the world’s top ranked nation.

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Jacco Verhaeren is key to unlocking gold for Swimming Australia

Rupert Guinness Swimming Australia has no doubt it has the athletes to help the country become the sport's world power.


James Magnussen excited by prospect of working with new swimming coach Jacco Verhaeren

James Magnussen

World champion swimmer James Magnussen hopes the appointment of Dutchman Jacco Verhaeren as Australia's head coach can help turn his London disappointment into Rio Olympics gold.

Being No.1 doesn't have to be loneliest number

James Magnussen

Liam Fitzgibbon THE old James Magnussen thought he knew all there was to know about mental toughness. It took the toughest preparation of his life - when he says he matured five years in the space of six months - to...


Magnussen coach not fussed with NSW times

Sydney James Magnussen continues to make waves around the world with his performances but the 100m freestyle world champion's coach isn't fussed with how fast he swims at the NSW championships.

Thorpe tells media to stay away

Tom Wald Suddenly Ian Thorpe is feeling a little bit media shy.


Thorpe shows glimpses of the champion of old

Ian Thorpe.

Michael Cowley It was time to stand and deliver and like many a champion in various sports before him, Ian Thorpe did just that this morning when he took the first step towards doing what many have believed just...


Hero has right to be proud


Stathi Paxinos Is swimming sensation James Magnussen an embarrassingly arrogant douche bag?

Van den Hoogenband to retire in December

Former Olympic sprint champion Pieter van den Hoogenband will end his career at a meeting in Eindhoven on December 7, the Dutch ANP news agency reported.

Hoogenband bows to hi-tech swimsuit

Top Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband has finally accepted he will have to use a new hi-tech swimsuit if he is to keep pace with his rivals.

Sullivan's 100m claims dented by Bernard

By Tom Wald Eamon Sullivan's plans to rule the sprinting world at this year's Beijing Olympics have been thrown a curve ball by Frenchman Alain Bernard.