FINA World Water Polo Conference

World Water Polo Conference

Under the motto “Sharing the Magic of Team Sports”, FINA, in co-operation with the Mexican Swimming Federation, will organise on February 27-28, 2014 in Cancun (MEX) the FINA World Water Polo Conference.

This will be a unique opportunity for FINA’s Water Polo family to hear from established team sports, newly popular sports, and representatives from the Water Polo family about the new and innovative ideas they have used to ensure continued success.

The conference will provide dedicated leaders within Water Polo with an exciting platform where FINA delegates will meet international experts, drawing on their real-world learnings and giving practical tips to gain new insights and inspire visionary thinking that can be used in the future.

The FINA World Water Polo Conference will include:

• Inspiring success stories and key learnings from the established sport teams in the big leagues such as the NFL (American Football), NBA (Basketball), NHL (Ice Hockey), ICC (Cricket)
• Insights from the newly popular sports on how to break through the already crowded market and on how to capture the young audience’s attention and interest such as Rugby 7 and Beach Volleyball
• Views from sponsors and media partners perspectives including Arena, Dentsu, BrandActivator and Navigate Research
• Interesting success stories and input in Water Polo from both athletes and leaders

Before the conference begins, participating delegates will be “warmed-up” to the themes of the FINA World Water Polo Conference through a pre-survey that will be sent to all FINA Members Federations. Delegates can already think about which questions they would like to ask each of the speakers!

The conference will be highly interactive, featuring:

• A live Twitter Q&A
• Panel discussions, case studies and debates

Please check the most updated version of the Programme


Underlining the importance of this initiative, the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione said: "FINA is necessarily attentive to the constant evolution in the sport market. In this changing world, many new trends and developments have been made in all areas: the Sport has changed into a business arena made of great Stars and memorable performances, the ways to transmit it have also evolved, and the audiences that follow our best athletes are also not comparable to what existed some decades ago."

Dr. Maglione naturally looks forward to organising this event for the benefit of the Sport:

"The FINA World Water Polo Conference is the latest step in giving this Sport the place it deserves among the top team games in the world. Pioneer at Olympic level, being on the Games’ programme since 1900, it is also a pillar of Aquatics and is practiced in the five continents. This rendezvous in Cancun is primarily a forum of interaction and exchange of ideas and experiences, constituting a very healthy exercise that will certainly allow us to move forward in the right direction."

As with previous FINA World Conferences or Conventions, FINA will provide travel assistance, accommodation and three meals per day for one representative from each National Member Federation to attend the FINA World Water Polo Conference.