Since COVID-19, communication has become even more important for Australia’s Olympic preparations, with the planned 2020 Tokyo Olympics being rescheduled for 2021. The impact has been widespread, with many athletes facing the reality that training schedules and their immediate travel plans have been cancelled or delayed. The need to adapt quickly to the ‘new normal’ is critical to keeping the ‘road to Tokyo’ alive.
Workplace is all about authenticity, transparency, visibility and building a sense of community across the entire Australian Swim Team. It has been instrumental in maintaining a supportive and positive culture throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Jacco Verhaeren is the National Head Coach at Swimming Australia. For the last 30 years, Jacco has been dedicated to helping some of the best athletes in the world achieve their dreams. He has taken high-performance teams to six Olympic Games to date, representing both The Netherlands and Australia. Jacco has achieved monumental success with these teams, walking away with at least one gold medal at each Olympic Games since 2000. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics his athletes won five gold medals and established five world records. Jacco has been working for Swimming Australia since 2014.
For Jacco, Workplace has helped to bring athletes, coaches, support staff and the leadership team together in one place, to work smarter, virtually, regardless of the physical distance between them.
Enjoy Jacco’s full Australian Swim Team Workplace story.