British Swimming will begin the search for a new head coach to lead the Olympic Women’s Water Polo programme following the departure of Szilveszter Fekete.
Hungarian Fekete took charge of the team in 2007 and during his time saw the British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo Team to their first European Championships in 15 years in 2012 and then onto their inaugural Olympic Games appearance in London.
“I’ve enjoyed my time in Britain and have been very fortunate to have worked with such a dedicated squad of athletes at the training centre in Manchester,” said Fekete.
“The improvements they have made over the past six years have been impressive and I’m sure, given the athletes’ strong work ethic, they’ll continue to rise through the world rankings in time for the Rio Olympics in 2016.”
British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes has paid tribute to the work undertaken by Fekete which delivered a seventh place in the 2012 European Championships as well as the scalp of current World Champions Greece.
“Szilveszter has done an outstanding job since he arrived in post,” said Sparkes. “He has been the driving force behind the improvement of women’s water polo and leaves them in good shape for Rio.
“UK Sport through its funding award for the Rio cycle has recognised the strong potential of the women’s team and we will now be looking to appoint a coach to take us to the next level.”
Paul Metz, who has previously worked with the British men’s team, will become the interim women’s head coach in the run up to and during the World Championships in Barcelona this summer.
Metz coached his native Dutch women’s team to fourth place at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and also fifth place at the World Championships in 2003.
This summer the British Gas GBR Women’s Water Polo Team will compete in their first World Championships for 10 years.