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Successful FINA certification course for diving judges in Pereiera (COL)
A FINA certification course for diving judges was organised in Pereiera (COL) from March 4-6, 2015. 19 participants coming for the most part from Colombia, Peru and Venezuela attended the course given by FINA Diving Technical Committee member Mathz Lindberg.
Among the topics discussed were how to become an elite FINA judge, golden rules and fundamentals of judging a dive, elements of the dive, synchronised diving, and duties of the referee.
FINA school for swimming officials attracts 63 in Puerto Rico
A FINA school for swimming officials was organised in Puerto Rico (PUR) on February 7-8, 2015. For this 2015 American edition of the FINA schools programme, FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo and former TSC Member Bill Hogan were on-hand to train 63 participants in Bayamón, a San Juan suburb.
Among the participants, 50 were locals and 13 came from either Panama, Antigua, Chile, Guatemala, the Bahamas or Barbados.
First Swimming Coaches course of 2015 takes place in Kampala (UGA)
The first FINA Swimming Coaches Certification Course of 2015 will be organised in Kampala, Uganda, from 10 to 12 January. American expert Rick Powers will run the Level 1 course, which will welcome 50 participants coming from Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda.
Also part of the FINA development programme for this year, clinics, which train coaches and officials of all levels in five disciplines - swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming and synchronised swimming - will take place in Congo, Ecuador, Guam, Jordan, Nigeria, Peru and Sri Lanka, to name a few.
Colombo's coaches upgrade skills through advanced swimming Clinic
Thirty-nine swimming coaches belonging to leading schools and clubs engaged in training elite age group swimmers updated their knowledge on approaches to training internationally through an Advanced Swimming Coaches Clinic concluded on Sunday December 14, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The five-day clinic held from December 10-14, 2014 was conducted by the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) through FINA's Development Programme.
The programme updated the knowledge of senior and upcoming coaches on Long-Term Athlete Development, Energy Systems and Training methodology, Testing and Performance Monitoring, Strength and Conditioning, Planning for Success, Stroke Mechanics, and Mechanics of Starts, Turns and Finishes.
FINA Clinic boosts swimming officials ahead of 2015 African Games
"I would like that following my visit here I could be certain that some of you may act as an official during the African Games." This is what Thierry Bonnamant, FINA expert from France, told the 32 participants on October 6-10, 2014 at the Alphonse-Massamba-Débat stadium in Brazzaville, Congo, where the first-ever FINA clinic was held.
According to Jean Kimbémbé, representative of the ministry, this clinic is tackling two issues: the acquisition of new strategies related to the practice of swimming and the raising of officiating skills among local trainees.
FINA Swimming Officials School is a hit in Gros Islet (LCA)
FINA TSC Chairman Carol Zaleski (USA) and FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo (DEN) were the lecturers of the FINA Swimming Officials School successfully hosted by the St. Lucia Amateur Swimming Association at the Bay Garden Hotel in Gros Islet (LCA). The School had a total 72 participants, 61 local and 11 coming from neighbouring islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Cayman Islands, Guyana, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.
St. Lucia is one of the small federations within the FINA Family. With a total population of almost 180,000, the Swimming Federation consists of seven clubs, which have about 250 licensed members.
FINA takes action, will provide Scholarships for Athletes
In 2014, FINA will provide scholarships for Athletes, Youth Athletes and set up a Development of National Sport Structure programme. At its latest meeting in Cancun, Mexico on March 1-2, the FINA Bureau approved the new programmes, etching an important milestone for the development of Aquatics worldwide. Over the 2014-2017 period, FINA’s budget for these three programmes will amount to nearly USD 7 million.
Up to now, FINA’s development programmes focused on coaches and officials. In 2013, FINA together with its member federations organised 34 schools and 43 clinics in the five disciplines – Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming – across all continents. In Cancun, the FINA Bureau rallied to include High Diving as well. FINA clinics train coaches from beginner to advanced levels while FINA schools provide training and certification to judges and referees.
First FINA Swimming Officials School of 2014 held in Riga
The first FINA Swimming Officials school of 2014 was organised in Riga, Latvia, from February 8-9. FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo (DEN) and former FINA TSC Member Bill Hogan (CAN) trained a total 82 participants, 55 of which were locals and the remaining 27 participants from Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Israel.
In his report, Søren Korbo highlighted the importance of such programme for small swimming federations, which are working assiduously for the development of the sport.
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