Scott Talbot is the head coach at Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Vancouver. He has held roles in New Zealand as head coach at North Shore Swimming Club (NZ’s leading club), and in Australia, as the High-Performance Coach at the University of Sydney and then also Nunawading Swimming Club. He also founded the swimming program at Repton School, which is now one of the leading elite level school programs in the United Kingdom.
Since retiring from swimming where he represented New Zealand at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, along with Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Pan Pacific Championships, Talbot has been coaching athletes at the elite level since 2006. He has received several coach of the year awards in New Zealand, New South Wales (Australia) and Victoria (Australia).
Talbot has been both a lead coach and an assistant coach on the Australian national senior and junior swim teams. In this time, he has coached medallists at every major international competition including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacs. Standout athletes include the development of Olympic medallists Brendon Smith and Matthew Temple and world championship medalist Jessica Hansen.
Talbot graduated from Auckland University in 2006, with a degree in psychology. His focus is on having the athletes he coaches be successful as people in life both in and out of the pool. Working with athletes to achieve more than they thought possible is what motivates him to work hard daily.