Swimming Australia names sailor Bertrand president

Swimming Australia has appointed former America’s Cup and Olympic sailor John Bertrand as its new president.

Bertrand represented Australia in five America's Cup, securing a win in 1983. The 66-year-old also participated in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal at the latter. He replaces former Swimming Australia head Barclay Nettlefold who resigned in June following alleged inappropriate comments.

“My immediate focus will be to provide the corporate leadership and direction to ensure continued improvement in sporting results, corporate governance, team culture and grass roots growth at the community sport level,” Bertrand said.

Melbourne-born Bertrand will be president for the remainder of its term until October 2014 as per the Swimming Australia Constitution.