Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Swimming Australia halts support for ASL elite competition

Swimming Australia halts support for ASL elite competition
October 28, 2021

Swimming Australia has reportedly suspended its support for the Australian Swimming League (ASL) in the wake of revelations that the new elite competition’s founder and principal backer had been convicted of tax fraud.

Just three months after announcing a strategic partnership with the ASL, Swimming Australia has cooled its ties with the proposed League following growing concerns about its ownership and commercial viability.

Swimming Australia’s move came on the day that it appointed experienced sporing administrator and lawyer Eugenie Buckley as its new permanent Chief Executive. Buckley, who had been acting in the role since 31st August, is understood to have closely scrutinised the governing body’s the commercial and governance links with ASL, which would have delivered a minimal financial return to Swimming Australia.

She replaced, former Chief Executive Alex Baumann, who, stood down form the position after just four months due to health reasons.

In a statement, Swimming Australia advised “Swimming Australia has suspended our support of the ASL whilst we await further information requested from their management off the back of the weekend’s report and into other commercial programs needed to ensure the financial stability and success of the league.”

Swimming Australia’s move followed a report in The Sunday Age that revealed the founder and principal owner of the ASL, Melbourne businessman David Brandi, was convicted of tax fraud and disqualified from managing corporations.

Swimming Australia delivered the news to the ASL following a board meeting where Buckley was confirmed in her role.

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald “where Baumann, an Olympic swimmer and former high-performance manager, enthusiastically backed the ASL concept, sources familiar with the negotiations said Buckley had brought a more sceptical eye to the commercial foundations of the proposed league and lack of direct benefit to Swimming Australia.

“The ASL had planned to run a trial meet as early as next February with a view to staging its first competition in late 2022. It has not announced a broadcast agreement, a major sponsor or any licensed teams or participating athletes.”

As revealed earlier this week, Brandi is currently serving a two-year, wholly suspended jail term after pleading guilty in the Victorian County Court to dishonestly obtaining a gain from the Commonwealth.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has also disqualified him from managing a corporation for five years.

The ASL has not yet revealed any major commercial partners, licensed teams, participating athletes, or broadcast partnerships, despite initially stating the competition would begin in late 2022.

Related Articles

27th October 2021 - Swimming Australia confirms Eugenie Buckley as Chief Executive

25th October 2021 - Doubts surround Australian Swimming League after revelation of major investor’s tax fraud conviction

21st October 2021 - SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre to host Swimming Australia 2022 Championship meets

12th October 2021 - World swimming body FINA to establish integrity unit

7th October 2021 - Queensland Academy of Sport to double funding for swimming

6th October 2021 - Elite swimming rocked by new sexual abuse allegations

18th September 2021 - International Swimming League accused of ongoing financial mismanagement by former executives

15th September 2021 - Swimming Australia advise all-female Independent Panel moves to next phase

3rd September 2021 - Swimming Australia Board pledges to work towards National Integrity Framework

31st August 2021 - Experienced administrator Eugenie Buckley takes on interim Chief Executive role at Swimming Australia

18th August 2021 - Australian Swimming League launch event delayed due to COVID-19

16th August 2021 - 2021 Australian Short Course Swimming Championships cancelled due to Melbourne’s lockdown

9th August 2021 - Swimming Australia Chief Executive Alex Baumann to step down

26th July 2021 - Federal Court rules Fitness Industry Award covers elite swimming coaches

25th July 2021 - AIS Chief Executive congratulates Australia’s swimming performance at Tokyo Olympic Games

23rd July 2021 - Annabelle Williams appointed to Swimming Australia Board

19th July 2021 - New club-based Australian Swimming League set to provide elite domestic competition

2nd July 2021 - Barrister to head Swimming Australia inquiry into discrimination and harassment claims

16th June 2021 - Swimming Australia acknowledges complaints process could have been better communicated

14th June 2021 - Swimming Australia to create independent all-female panel to investigate misogyny

10th June 2021 - Olympic swimming trials set to commence at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre

19th May 2021 - Study suggests swimming pool water inactivates COVID-19 virus in 30 seconds

16th April 2021 - Swimming Australia unveils new nationwide inclusive swimwear policy

1st April 2021 - Swimming Australia confirms 2021 Age Championships will proceed on the Gold Coast

9th November 2020 - Kieren Perkins appointed as Swimming Australia President

27th November 2019 - Swimming Australia honours Gina Rinehart with Lifetime Contribution Award

23rd October 2019 - Swimming Australia unveils Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic campaign


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Vticket

Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 

METRA Australia

With industry leading solutions in design and durability you can improve your facilities with our access control operations, payment systems and flexible personal locker storage solutions. Your…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security

 
 

Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 

BH Fitness

BH Fitness, part of the long-standing and iconic bike manufacturer BH Group, is a global leader in fitness equipment for both Commercial and Home markets. The company, with the headquarters based in…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

AUSFIT

Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

IEDM

iEDM integrate Design, Engineering and Delivery Management services to convert existing spaces into exciting new entertainment venues. Our team consists of highly qualified professionals with diverse…

read more

Consultants / Design

 
 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business