Coaching Association of Canada

John Atkinson

John is the National High-Performance Director and National Coach for Swimming Canada having commenced in the role at the beginning of March 2013. He was tasked with delivering international success at the Olympic Games and overseeing the whole Technical program that includes the Olympic pool and open water swimming, the High Performance centres, Paralympic Swimming and the Development team program’s.

At the 2019 FINA World Swimming Championships Swimming Canada had their most successful World Championships ever, winning 9 medals, surpassing the previous best of 6 medals in 1978. (2 of them Gold, the best Gold return at a World Championships.)

In Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games the Canadian Swimming team won 6 medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze medals) the best performance by the Canadian Swimming team since the 1984 and 1976 Games. The team at the 2016 Games was recognised by many as the most improved Swimming nation since the 2012 Olympic Games. Following Rio the Female team was voted the Canadian Press Team of the Year for 2016, This is a very prestigious award and all teams both Olympic sport and professional sports teams are considered for this.

Prior to Canada
John worked for British Swimming from 2000 to 2013 in 3 key leadership roles within the organisation; National Youth Coach Olympic Swimming, Director of World Class Programmes Olympic Swimming and National Performance Director for Paralympic Swimming.

John also worked in Australia from 1994 to 2000. During that time he was involved in the Australian Swimming Youth programme and was involved in numerous national programs. He was an Australian team coach to the 1997 Oceania championships, National event camps, National Youth camps and National Tip Top camps. In 1998 John was the head coach for the Australian National Tip Top camp for Australian Swimming.