Birthday: July 31, 1977
Hometown: New Castle, New South Wales
Coach: Paul Stafford, Brett Hawke
Josh Watson specializes in sprint backstroke, where his career truly showcased in the 2000 Olympic Games in his home country of Australia. There, he finished 4th in the finals of the Men’s 100m Backstroke behind famous US Backstroker, Krayzelburg.
Leading up to the 2000 Olympics, Josh Watson won a silver medal in the 100m Backstroke in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and then went on to win a gold in the 200m Backstroke at the 1999 World Short Course Championships.
“My favourite Sydney Games moment was when my Dad picked me up from the Athletes Village to take me home. I couldn’t take my eyes off the Olympic torch. I was trying to watch it through all the buildings and trees. I didn’t want it to disappear from view, and when it did, I actually cried for what I had just been a part of…an amazing time of my life.”
Josh’s career continues to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where he finished 6th in the 100m Backstroke at his second Games.
Josh brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to clinics through his swimming career and will share his experiences and tips on how to swim faster!
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“Josh did a great job connecting with my son who has been swimming for 10+ years. He was able to look at his technique in detail and offer suggestions for improvement that other coaches haven’t” – Muscatine, IA
“The backstroke camp was awesome. The lead clinician Josh was fabulous. He was an amazing instructor and really gave the kids good tips in a super fun and engaging way. We would definitely love to see another clinic with Josh in our area!” – Beatrice in Potomac, MD
“My son Blain Dingus absolutely loved this camp and Clinic Coach Josh Watson. Josh made us feel welcome right when we stepped in to the doors. What amazed me is that with all those swimmers there, Josh remembered Blain and all the swimmers on a first name basis throughout the whole camp. Josh was incredible with all the kids and always had alot of positive reinforcement. He was phenomenal with every swimmer all aging from 8 to 17 years of age. He demonstrated and approached his techniques to the swimmers in a way that all the kids in the pool benefited. I cant thankyou enough Josh Watson for a great swim camp. Blain will be definitely attending next year or sooner.” – Marilyn in Muscatine, IA