Juba has been head coach at Hatfield for 20 years and has helped to oversee the progress of top British swimmers, including 2008 and 2012 Olympian Adam Brown. He joins up with a new management team made of Danes and Australia’s Shannon Rollason to drive on a country that were ranked fourth at the 25m World Championships.
“I am excited but I don’t think it has really sunk in yet” Juba told British Swimming. “They [Denmark] remind me of Hatfield in the way that they aren’t the biggest country but they have the potential to succeed. I am looking forward to driving the programme forwards and I do wish Britain well for the future.”
His departure to Denmark comes three days after the LEN, the European aquatics governing body, parted company with their executive director Laszlo Szakadati. Having held that role since May 2012, the LEN praised Szakadati for his “work and leadership”.
Neither decision should directly affect Great Britain’s next international action, the latest leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup. The fourth of eight rounds takes place in Cozumel, Mexico but it’s currently unclear which, if any, of the British team are participating. The highest placed athlete after the first three events is Jack Burnell, who picked up an eighth place in Argentina but sat out the Israel leg. Rachael Williamson is the sole female point scorer to date in this 2013 season.