ATHLETICS Australia will have to renew its search for a high performance director after the man they had offered the job turned them down after being courted by Swimming Australia. Michael Scott, who was the head of performance for British Swimming at the last Olympics and previously headed the AIS and the NSWIS, had been offered the newly-created position as Athletics Australia high performance director but on Thursday informed them he had now declined the offer. Athletics Australia chief executive Dallas O'Brien said Scott had indicated he was going to apply for a job at Swimming Australia instead. Scott, an Australian who had remained in Melbourne while heading the British Swimming team and regularly 'commuting' to London, attracted criticism from some in Britain for not relocating to London. The criticism was strongest in the the wake of the Olympics when Team GB won just one silver and two bronze in the pool. AA had been working for months to secure Scott and had been working through contractual challenges from the British. These matters appeared to be resolved but according to O'Brien an approach from Swimming Australia encouraging Scott to apply for a position there prompted him to turn down the athletics job. O'Brien said AA would now go back to candidates it had shortlisted when Scott was offered the job. The high performance director role was a new position created out of the review of the Olympic games and was a splitting of a position with Eric Hollingsworth assuming the role of head coach.