View Orinigal article BY ANTONETTE COLLINS
Julie Gilbert, Kylie Rogers and Simone Boyce each allege they were abused between the ages of 12 and 14 while swimming in Mr Volkers' training squad in the 1980s and 1990s.
Mr Volkers was committed to stand trial but charges against him were dropped by the Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions in 2002.
The commission is examining the response of Swimming Australia and other sports bodies, as well as prosecutors, in relation to the allegations.
It has heard that two applications by Mr Volkers for a blue card - which is needed for working with children - were rejected as he was deemed an unacceptable risk to children.
Mr King told the hearing despite the rejections, attempts were made to transition Mr Volkers to a position as a mentor coach with Swimming Queensland.
"He'd had positive reviews from swimming coaches. They thought he was a very good mentor," he said.
"We'd had no negative reports in my time from Scott. We wanted to keep the work he was doing with coaches going because it was good work."
He said his continuing employment of Mr Volkers was due to the fact that his position as head coach meant he had limited contact with young swimmers.
It was also to help keep swimming strong.
"Because Swimming [Australia] kept on giving me the advice that this person was very good for their sport in terms of his knowledge technically and tactically for their athletes."
But he denied that Mr Volkers' talents as a coach outweighed his concerns about the welfare of young athletes.
Volkers returned to full duties after charges dropped
Earlier, the commission heard senior management at QAS felt Mr Volkers posed no danger to young athletes after sexual assault charges against him were dropped.
Alex Bauman was the executive director of QAS at the time Mr Volkers headed up the swimming program and when he was charged over the allegations.
He told the hearing that Mr Volkers was reinstated to full duties as head coach once the charges were dropped.
"From my point of view there was resolution and the fact that, in terms of trying to mitigate risk, his role was defined as coaching coaches. Even though there was contact with athletes, he didn't directly coach any swimmers," he said.
The commission's chair Justice Peter McClellan asked Mr Bauman if it crossed his mind whether Mr Volkers was an appropriate person to work with children, or involve himself with others who were working with children.
Mr Bauman replied: "Yes, that certainly was discussed extensively. Whether he should continue in the role."
He also told the commission that when a further allegation was made in 2005, no further action was taken.
"The advice was that the role shouldn't change," he said.
The hearing continues.