SWIM COACH: Jan Cameron at the University of Sunshine Coast pool.
SWIM COACH: Jan Cameron at the University of Sunshine Coast pool. Contributed

Top swimming coach Jan Cameron dies

THE death of long-serving Australian swimming coach Jan Cameron is being mourned on both sides of the Tasman.

Cameron died on Monday at the age of 70, Swimming Australia confirmed.

Sydney-born Cameron won a 4x100m silver medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in a team featuring Dawn Fraser and went on to snare three Commonwealth Games medals.

However, it was as a coach that Cameron made her name, initially working alongside her first husband and renowned Australian head coach Don Talbot in roles in New South Wales, Canada and the United States.

She spent more than a decade at the top of the coaching tree in New Zealand and was the driving force behind the country's first high performance program, before her resignation in 2011.

Cameron's most recent roles were as a top-level para-swimming coach, playing a part in Australian international success.

Cameron's son, Scott Talbot-Cameron, swam for New Zealand at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

Cameron held the position of head coach of the University of Sunshine Coast Para Program from April 2014 until February 2017.


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