Youth benefits from Swimming school in Fiji

Development News

The Oceania edition of the 2011 FINA Swimming Officials Schools was successfully hosted by the Amateur Swimming Association of Fiji from May 7-8, 2011 at the Nadi Sports Club. FINA TSC Chairman Carol Zaleski and FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo conducted the school attended by a total of 33 participants (30 local and three from Guam and Vietnam).

The participants were very young. Some of them were students coming from abroad. They are in Fiji for a two-year course at the Sports School and chose Swimming. During this period they have to take part in at least five different activities. The FINA Swimming Officials School counted as one activity in this regard. Moreover, for the first time, some coaches took part.

Swimmers from Nadi Swimming Clubs
helping at the pool practice

Dennis Miller, FINA Bureau Member, opened the School by welcoming all to Fiji and Nadi. Glynis Miller, President of the Amateur Swimming Association of Fiji explained the organisation of the two days.

As many of the participants had no experience in officiating, especially the strokes and the role of the officials around the pool deck, these aspects were explained in detail. Small-group discussions were also organised, which were very beneficial as it brought up new questions.

The pool practice was held at the adjacent six-lane pool at the Nadi Sports Club. The participants were divided into two teams with the use of three digital watches per lane. The practice included 100m, 50m events as well as a 4x50m medley relay. The officials called several DQs during the pool session. Especially for the participants who had never officiated before, the pool session was a great experience.

Participants at the Fiji Swimming Officials School