Jon Rudd appointed Swim Ireland's Performance Director

Jon Rudd is to become National Performance Director for Swim Ireland
Rudd has coached 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ruta Meilutyte and 2016 Olympic finalist Ben Proud

Two-time British coach of the year, Jon Rudd, is to take over as the National Performance Director of Swim Ireland in February.

He succeeds Peter Banks, who left the role in September.

Rudd is the coach of 2012 Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Ruta Meilutyte and 2016 Olympic finalist Ben Proud.

He was also instrumental in building the Plymouth Leander club into one of most successful teams in Europe.

Rudd, who has worked as head coach of the senior Great Britain and England teams in recent years, will spearhead Ireland's preparations for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

"I am honoured to take on this role for Swim Ireland - it is an exciting opportunity," said Rudd.

"I will now build a world-class team around me that can help Ireland find that elusive podium finish at World and Olympic level."