Aussies will rule pool again: Jones

By Laine Clark,

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    Retired great Leisel Jones believes rivals should be scared that Swimming Australia (SA) has organised a review of the team’s culture.

    Jones admitted it looked like “doom and gloom” after Australia claimed one swimming gold medal at the London Olympics.

    But she predicted the team would rule the pool again after consultancy firm Bluestone Edge’s review.

    “I think the rest of the world should be a little bit scared that Swimming Australia is going through this phase because we will be world beaters,” said Jones, who will take part in the review.

    “We might have needed a shock to the system.

    “And the young swimmers coming through learned a lot from London – they will be pretty scary in the future.”

    Leading swimmer Libby Trickett and ex-champion Susie O’Neill were critical of the team’s attitude in London.

    There were also revelations of misbehaviour at a pre-Olympics camp.

    Jones – Australia’s only four-time Olympic swimmer – said, as a team leader, there was nothing she could have done to have avoided the London debacle.

    “I can’t change anything personally. It is a group that has to change,” said Jones, who confirmed her retirement on Friday.

    “I can’t be the old grandmother pointing and yelling. Kids don’t listen to that.

    “We’ve actually got pretty good values. We just have to get back to them.

    “That’s why things went off course – we have to realise what we are there for.”

    The review’s findings will be handed down by February.

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