Carswell dives into new coaching role at QUT

HAVING bolstered his national coaching career in recent months, Peter Carswell was keen to chase a higher goal.

He will do that after leaving St Edmund's College on good terms following six years as head coach.

Carswell has accepted a two-year deal as high performance manager at the Queensland University of Technology.

He believes it's a natural progression in his career and an excellent opportunity with Ipswich's leading swimmer Leah Neale hoping to study at QUT next year.

"I'm mainly looking at kids who want to go to university," Carswell said.

Carswell worked with medal-winning swimmer Neale at this year's Junior Pan Pacific championships in Hawaii.

Neale is hoping to qualify for next year's world championships in Rio and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

She's back in full training this week, working under a three-month plan to regain peak condition for her freestyle and backstroke events.

The CY's St Edmund's coach secured the QUT opportunity after returning from his national coaching stint in Hawaii.

"It's an eight-lane indoor 50 plus a gym as well. It's going to be a one-stop shop," he said of the QUT set-up.

He starts his new high performance program on Monday morning.

Carswell hopes to continue working with other promising CY's swimmers such as Sharni Kunde, who is already at university, and rising talent Hayden Rea.

The Junior Pan Pacs were Carswell's third trip as a national coach after roles at the Youth Commonwealth Games and in New Zealand.

Carswell will help out at St Edmund's until a new coach starts in January.

"The school has always been really good to me," he said.

"My job was to pick the profile of swimming up at the school and I think I achieved that.

"We've been very successful with Australian swimmers like Leah and Hayden."

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