Alex Baumann OC took over as CEO of Swimming Australia in May 2021, having served as Swimming Australia’s Chief Strategist for High Performance since February 2018. As Chief Strategist, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the High Performance Olympic, Paralympic and Open Water programs including coaching and technical leadership, oversight of the daily performance and competition environments, performance support, innovation, athlete and coach development
Alex Baumann is one of Canada’s greatest swimmers, winning gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in both the 200m and 400m individual medley races in world record times. He also won five gold medals and two silver medals at the 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games. He was twice named World Male Swimmer of the Year (1981 and 1984), and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Alex moved to Australia in 1991, holding various positions within the Queensland Government and serving as Director for the Queensland Academy of Sport before becoming CEO of Queensland Swimming in 1999. In 2006 he returned to Canada as the Chief Executive Officer of Own the Podium (OTP), Canada’s high performance sport program, where he achieved great results both with the athletes in the pool, and in raising funding for high performance sport.
Alex was appointed as the Chief Executive of High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) in February 2012, where he was instrumental in rolling out the HPSNZ Strategic plan to 2020. New Zealand achieved great performances culminating with its best ever Olympic team performance in Rio in 2016 with 18 medals in 9 different sports, of which 4 were Gold. At the Rio Paralympics New Zealand won 21 medals in 3 different sports, including 9 Gold.
Alex Baumann OC is a Member of the Champions of Change Sport Group established in 2015. The Sport Group includes leaders from every major sport in Australia, and of some of Australia’s most successful sporting clubs. The group is focused on advancing women in leadership, pay equality and creating safe, respectful and inclusive sporting environments.