FINA mourns Mr. Klaas van de Pol (NED)
FINA announces with great sadness the loss of its Honorary Member Klaas van de Pol (NED), who passed away on January 23, 2012 at the age of 87.
Mr. Van de Pol had been FINA Honorary Treasurer from 1980 to 1992, becoming a Honorary Member since 1996. A very respected aquatic leader in his home country, The Netherlands, Mr. Van de Pol was essential in the promotion of women’s water polo worldwide and has also played an important role in the development of the early stages of marketing applied to Aquatics. For his outstanding contribution to our International Federation, he was awarded the FINA Gold Pin in 1988.
To his family, friends, and to the entire aquatic community in The Netherlands, FINA addresses its sincere condolences.
Matt Dunn appointed Member of WADA Athlete Committee
Matthew Dunn from Australia, Member of the FINA Athletes Commission, has been appointed Member of the WADA Athlete Committee for a term of three years, commencing on 1 January 2012. In undertaking this new task, Dunn pursues FINA's commitment for a drug-free sport.
Tribute to Bill Matson
FINA Vice President Bill Matson was remembered for his more than 40 years of service to aquatics at a Memorial Service on Monday, August 15 at St Luke's Anglican Church in Waikanae, New Zealand. Matson had surgery during the final days of the FINA World Championships and died last Monday on his birthday at the age of 72 at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, China."Bill's example and devotion for the aquatic sports will remain a reference in our mind and heart, In this moment of grief, FINA would like to express its most sincere condolences and sympathy to Bill's family and friends, as well as to the aquatic community in his native New Zealand and Oceania," said FINA President Julio Maglione.
FINA Masters Committee meets in Riccione (ITA)
The FINA Masters Committee held a meeting in Riccione, Italy, on May 22-23, 2011 to discuss the organisation of the 14th edition of the FINA World Masters Championships scheduled for June 2012.
FINA Bureau Liaison Bill Matson and the Masters Committee Members also made a visit to the aquatics venues, which are ideally close from each other. Good participation is expected for the 2012 Masters celebration.
Remembering William (Bill) George Cody
The sport of swimming in Puerto Rico has suffered a great loss upon the death of one of its leaders. Bill, as he is referred to by all his friends, an electrical engineer by profession, started his participation in swimming as a parent. From the beginning, together with his wife Rose, he became an enthusiastic supporter, eventually serving in different positions in the administration of the sport including the Presidency of Puerto Rico Swimming Federation.
Bill's dedications and services to the sport extended beyond Puerto Rico as he became a member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation (CCCAN). In addition he assisted his wife Rose in her responsibilities as Vice President of the FINA Masters Swimming Committee and in her role as the Chair of the UANA Technical Swimming Committee.
Intense week for FINA
The last week of January has been quite intense for FINA, with two main events related to future editions of the FINA World Championships, and a Bureau meeting in Frankfurt, on the 28th and 29th.
On January 25, the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione was in Barcelona (ESP) to officially sign the contract for the organisation of the 15th FINA World Championships 2013 in the Catalonian capital. In the historical Saló de Cent of the Barcelona Town Hall, the FINA President was accompanied by the Mayor of the city Jordi Hereu and by the President of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation Fernando Carpena. Recalling the unforgettable moments lived in Barcelona during the 10th FINA World Championships in 2003, Dr. Maglione said: “If Barcelona 2003 was incredible, Barcelona 2013 will be extraordinary!”
FINA mourns the loss of Alan Clarkson (GBR)
FINA learnt with great sadness about the loss of Alan Clarkson, one of the most prestigious swimming officials in Great Britain. Mr. Clarkson passed away on May 22, 2010 after a heart failure – he was 73. In the last years, Mr. Clarkson had been deeply involved with open water swimming, having chaired the FINA technical committee of this discipline until 2005. He had previously been member of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee.
According to the site of British Swimming, “Alan represented England at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and went on to support a series of British and English squads as team manager, accompanying athletes to three Commonwealth Games, as well as the Olympic Games in 1976 and the World Championships in 1973, 1975 and 1978.
FINA President welcomes you to the new website
Thanks to a new image and improved navigation tools, the promotion of our aquatic disciplines of Swimming, Water Polo, Diving, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming is also significantly enhanced. With this “refreshed” version of our site, FINA improves its communication with the protagonists of our Sport and certainly provides a better showcase of our activities in the five continents.
FINA Vice President Sam Ramsamy chairs IOC Sport for All Commission
After being re-elected for a new term at the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FINA Vice President Sam Ramsamy (RSA) was recently appointed Chair of the IOC Sport for All Commission. He will now oversee all IOC’s activities in this area. Moreover, Mr. Ramsamy is also Member of the following IOC Commissions: Culture & Olympic Education; Press; Olympic Programme; Coordination for the Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012.
Michael Phelps becomes Youth Olympic Games ambassador
Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps became the first official Ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) on February 22, 2010. The 16-time Olympic medallist will support the Youth Olympic Games by encouraging the involvement of young people around the world.
Michael Phelps said “The Youth Olympic Games is an excellent initiative, not only for the athletes competing, but also those who are inspired to get into sport and be more active. I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to become the first official Ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games, and can’t wait to get working with the YOG team to promote the first event this summer!”
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