Promising Swimming and Diving clinics in La Havana (CUB)

Development News

Two advanced-level clinics for Swimming and Diving Referees took place in La Havana, Cuba, from 27 June – 2 July, 2010.

53 participants, two of which were non-Cuban, attended the swimming clinic, given by visiting lecturer Jose Ismael Gonzalez from the Guatemala Swimming Federation, who also happens to be CCCAN Vice-President, UANA Member, FINA Referee and FINA TSC Member.

The course was given in the Spanish language and consisted of a Seminar for FINA Officials with various topics (FINA Constitution, FINA General Rules, facilities, Swimming Rules). The clinic comprised both practical and theoretical components.

In his report, Gonzalez highlighted the great important of continuing to develop such clinics in order to improve the level of FINA Officials in the Americas.

Meanwhile, at the “Complejo de Piscinas Baragua”, a diving clinic for FINA Referees welcomed 13 local participants, eager to listen to visiting lecturer Julian Llinas Quetglas from the Baleares, Spain.

The course was also given in Spanish, using many videos to discuss various judging issues in individual and synchro diving. In addition, an examination took place at the end of the course, the results of which were discussed between the lecturer and the participants.

Quetglas concluded this was “a very well-run clinic”, with “judges and professionals of the best category”. A huge "thank you" goes to Cuba Swimming Federation for all the efforts made to organise such successful clinic.