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Olympic Solidarity's great job in Blantyre (MAW)
Famous American coach Richard "Rick" Powers travelled to Blantyre, Malawi, to be part of the FINA/Olympic Solidarity Development Programme, giving a technical course to Beginner-level Swimming Coaches from July 11-22, 2010.
29 coaches and 10 swimmers enthusiastically attended the course, which included a wide range of topics: Physiology of training, season planning, workout organisation, dry-land training, mental training, technique for all strokes, starts and turns, motivation and tapering.
Excellent instruction at Swimming Coaches clinic in Kampala (UGA)
As part of its 2010 development programme, and in conjunction with Uganda Swimming Federation (USF), FINA funded a Swimming Coaches clinic (Level 1) in Uganda from July 5-14, at the Hotel Africana and the Aga Khan Swimming Pool in Kampala. The event was coordinated by the USF.
The following report was submitted by Uganda Swimming Federation Donald Rukare following the successful completion of the clinic:
The clinic’s primary focus was on building capacity of coaches in Uganda. The objectives of the clinic were to (1) to develop high calibre swimming coaches in Uganda (2) to build on the previously held FINA swimming clinic in 2009.
Promising Swimming and Diving clinics in La Havana (CUB)
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.
Referees answer the call of open water in La Havana (CUB)
52 Referees attended an Open Water Swimming clinic (Intermediate Level) in La Havana, Cuba, from June 27 to July 1, 2010.
Lecturer Jose Luis Borrego Gonzalez from the Mexican Swimming Federation and also Member of the TOWSC of CCCAN trained the participants on the FINA Structure, Continental Structure, Constitution, General Rules and OWS Rules. For practice, he took them to a real OWS competition at CISC.
The resuts of the clinic were very positive as participants prepared well. Gonzalez reminded in his report the importance to continue programme.
Swimming Judges and Officials attend clinic in San Jose (CRC)
A clinic for Swimming Judges and Officials (Intermediate Level) took place in San Jose, Costa Rica, from June 22-26, 2010. 21 participants took part in a clinic given by Lecturer Jose Luis Rodriguez Fernandez from the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation. "Participants worked diligently in a pleasant atmosphere", Fernandez reported.
Swimming clinic attracts many Coaches in Beyrouth (LIB)
71 coaches (51 beginner and 20 intermediate level) attended a swimming clinic on May 29-June 7, 2010, at the Centre sportif et Lycée de "Mont la Salle", in Beyrouth, Lebanon.
Jean-Louis Morin, from the Fédération Française de Natation, taught coaches with various indispensable skills: beginners learned about bio-mechanics in swimming and were given educational examples. They also practiced their coaching in the pool and took the ENF test (Ecole de Natation Française). Out of the 51, only one did not pass the test, a very satisfying result.
Water polo clinic praised by Syrian Coaches (SYR)
28 enthusiastic coaches took part in a water polo clinic (intermediate level) in Damascus, Syria, on May 15-25, 2010.
Ibrahim Nabil Mostafa, the lecturer, led the clinic in Arabic. The focus was put on both theorical and practical aspects of coaching in water polo: practice and team actions, fitness of certain positions and specific training for goal keepers.
The participants showed high interest for the course and actively participated in the clinic.
Synchro Judges upgrade skills at school in Lima (PER)
29 well-motivated participants (mostly women), among which there were 11 locals and 18 coming from other countries on the American continent (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Venezuela) took part in a School for Synchronised Swimming Judges in Lima, Peru, on May 13-16, 2010.
Swimming clinic is a success in Marshall Islands (MHL)
Kwajalein and Ebeye swimming officials received the benefit earlier this month (May 1-5, 2010) of a visit by international swimming federation coach Don Blew, who is based in Australia.
"I saw improvements since my visit four years ago," Blew told the Journal during his visit to Kwajalein. His visit focused on officiating for swim events and competitions. "FINA's (the international swimming body) aim is to get everyone following one officiating standard, so the administration of rules is the same everywhere," he said.
First success for new FINA Swimming Coaches Certification course in Bogota (COL)
The first course of the new FINA Swimming Coaches Certificate Programme was held in Bogota, Colombia, on April 29-May 1.
Rick Powers, who gave the clinic, is an extremely experienced swimming coach. He has coached the National teams of six countries – Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Malaysia, Kuwait and Israel – and has given clinics in no less than 31 countries.
He presently is a consultant to the National Federation of the Philippines and organises swim camps in the country.
Powers reveals his impressions on this promising development.
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