Don Talbot is being remembered as a “giant in coaching” after the former Australian swimming mentor and inaugural Australian Institute of Sport director passed away on Tuesday, aged 87.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame member first took charge of Australia’s swim team in the 1960s.

He then enjoyed stints with both Canada and the United States and in 1980 was appointed the inaugural director of the Australian Institute of Sport.

He returned as Australian swimming’s head coach in 1989, overseeing a resurgence that culminated in 18 medals at Sydney’s 2000 Olympics and Australia topping the medal count at Japan’s 2001 world championships.

US-based Swimming World Magazine described Talbot as “a giant in coaching” while Swimming Canada sent their “thoughts to his family and friends in a tribute on Twitter.

AAP

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