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2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar - St Petersburg (RUS)

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2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar - St Petersburg (RUS)

FINA, in cooperation with the Russian Synchronised Swimming Federation, organised the 2013 FINA Synchronised Swimming Worldwide Seminar for Coaches and Judges A from November 1-3, 2013 in St Peterbsurg, Russia.

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Esther Williams (1921-2013): the sky has a new star

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Former movie star Esther Williams (USA) Esther Williams (USA), also known as the pioneer and main inspiration for the development of synchronised swimming, passed away on June 6, 2013 in Beverly Hills, during her sleep. She was 91. Away from public appearances in the latest years, she remained very active for over six decades, first as an athlete, then as a Hollywood star, and finally as a great promoter of swimming and physical activity throughout USA.

Her success story begins in 1940, when she was ready to represent her country at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The celebration of this Olympiad never took place as World War II had just started the year before, and the swimming community never knew if the US champion in the 100m freestyle could also shine in Olympic waters. What was, perhaps, a missing champion, became in the same decade an icon for a FINA discipline that was making its debut and that was popularised worldwide through Williams’ performances.

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Phelps (USA) receives Lifetime Achievement Award from FINA

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On August 4, 2012, the last day of the Swimming competition at the Aquatics Centre during the London Olympic Games, legendary U.S. swimmer, Michael Phelps, received a "Lifetime Achievement Award" presented by FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione in front of the many fans, his family and friends, cheering and clapping from the stands.

The American, who called time on a record-breaking, remarkable career at the end of the 2012 London Olympics, is the owner of a total 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, an feat never achieved before.

The Trophy is a highly polished sculpture in stainless steel by Nick Moran titled "Brindis". On the white marble base, the following inscription was graved: "To Michael Phelps, The greatest Olympic athlete of all time, From FINA."

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FINA in Russia to discuss 2012 Aquatics Convention and 2015 World Championships

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A FINA delegation was this week in Moscow (RUS) from February 13-15, 2012 to discuss with the local authorities the preparation of the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention, to be held on October 30-November 1, 2012 in the Russian capital and the 16th FINA World Championships, taking place in July 2015 in Kazan. The FINA President and IOC Member Dr. Julio C. Maglione and the FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu had meetings namely with Vitaly Mutko, Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation and with Vladimir Salnikov, Olympic champion and President of the Russian Swimming Federation.

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10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar - Tokyo (JPN)

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FINA organised the 10th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar from April 12-14, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. On the 15th of April, a Special Session was held for the Officials selected for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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11th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar - Miami (USA)

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FINA, in cooperation with USA Swimming, organised the 11th FINA World Swimming Officials Seminar in Miami (USA) on June 20-21, 2014.

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Meet Mexican women's WP coach Gabriel Martinez

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Gabriel MartinezIf ever there was a man of passion and commitment, it has to be Mexican women’s coach Gabriel Martinez. The fervour with which he coached his team at the Universiade in Shenzhen, China in August had to be seen, to be believed. His jumping up and down on the pool deck was his way of saying: “Go get ‘em, girls.”

Gabriel has been the head women's coach at Commerce Aquatics since 1997. At Commerce he has 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under, 18 & under and 20 & under teams. At the recent United States Championships his 12 & under team finished third, the 14s finished first, the 16s third, and the 18s finished 11th. Most of his 20 & under girls are on the Mexican team.

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2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention

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Following a highly successful inaugural Convention in Punta Del Este, Uruguay in 2010, FINA is pleased to announce the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention to be held in Moscow (Russia) on 30th October – 1st November 2012.

The FINA World Aquatics Convention is a unique and exclusive opportunity for the global aquatics community to come together to help move the sport forward. Created and owned by FINA, and with the presence of leading representatives of its 202 FINA National Member Federations, the event guarantees the presence of those responsible for shaping the world of Aquatics.

Taking place every 2 years, the event presents an exceptional opportunity for organisations operating in the international aquatics business community to come together to network, develop new business opportunities and share the knowledge that will contribute to the growth and development of Aquatics sport worldwide. It is at the same time a perfect meeting place for organising and bidding committees for the major sports events in the world of Aquatics to promote their bids and events.

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FINA launches improved version of its World Swimming Rankings

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FINA launches improved version of its World Swimming Rankings
FINA has launched today on its official website www.fina.org a much improved version of its World Swimming Rankings’ section, bringing this important tool into a new level of accuracy, providing many new functionalities to the system, and adding new interactive possibilities to the users of this database.
From now on, the search for a given performance can be done on a more specific way, allowing a more comprehensive “image” of the result, both on the athletes and the countries’ side. This will result on an increased amount of available information (on a more “friendly” way) for all those consulting the system – swimmers, coaches, officials, administrators, media, and public at large.
Another significant difference in relation to the previous system is that FINA is directly involving its 202 National Member Federations in the inclusion of data concerning their affiliated athletes. Thanks to a secured login system, each National Federation is now invited to enter its swimmers’ personal information, as well as directly submit their results or the performances of a national meet. This data is then validated by the specialised staff running this database before the definitive entry of the information into the system.
In the months to come, an Online Meet Entry section will also be activated and will work on time for the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN) and for the 2012 Olympic Games in London (GBR). Finally, in the medium term, the system will also be able to generate swimmers’ biographies, for the use of media and public in general.

FINA has launched today on its official website www.fina.org a much improved version of its World Swimming Rankings’ section, bringing this important tool into a new level of accuracy, providing many new functionalities to the system, and adding new interactive possibilities to the users of this database. 

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Survey confirms success in Punta del Este

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Following the positive feeling on-site, a post-event survey confirms the satisfaction of the majority of the participants (over 450 in Uruguay) at the 1st FINA World Aquatics Convention, held in Punta del Este (URU), on September 27-29, 2010. The high rate of responses to this inquiry also confirms the interest in this event and the motivation of all attendees in improving the future editions of the Convention.

In a questionnaire sent to all delegates, lecturers, sponsors, exhibitors, organisers, or bidders present in Uruguay, 71.5% of them agreed that the Convention met their objectives. On a scale from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent), participants rated the “Quality of the Conference” 4.2 and the “Quality of Exhibition” was noted a 4.0.

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