Craig Nicholson says he is "very excited" about his new role as head of World Para Swimming ©Twitter

Craig Nicholson has said he is very "excited" after being appointed as the new head of World Para Swimming.

British born Nicholson has been involved with the sport for several years, working in various capacities including as a World Para Swimming classifier and educator.

Since 2015 he has been a member of the World Para Swimming Classification Advisory Group.

"I am really excited to be taking up the role as head of World Para Swimming," said Nicholson.

"I have been involved in Para swimming for a number of years, as a classifier, a member of the Classification Advisory Group and through my role in a National Federation.

"I am now looking forward to engaging with the Para swimming community to continue to build, grow and develop opportunities for the sport across the world."

In his new role Nicholson will be reporting to Christian Holtz, World Para Sports managing director.

Speaking about Nicholson's appointment Holtz said: "The appointment of a Head of World Para Swimming is part of the continuous development of the sport and we are really happy to see Craig Nicholson joining our team.

"Craig’s experience and knowledge of Para swimming classification, and high-performance programmes will be vital in the implementation of the 2021-2024 World Para Swimming Strategic Plan."

During a 16 year stint working with British Swimming, Nicholson served as the organisation's Para Swimming Performance Pathway Manager.

As part of his tenure at British Swimming, Nicholson was one of 15 names selected to be part of the 2017-2019 UK Sport International Leadership Programme (ILP).

The development initiative is aimed at high-level British sports administrators and retired athletes who are seeking to make an impact in international sport.

Nicholson's appointment was announced on the first day of the World Para Swimming World Series in Berlin, Germany.

The four day competition features athletes from 11 countries.