FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic
The second edition of the FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic (former FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic) was held as part of the 3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention in Doha (QAT) from November 30 - December 1, 2014, prior to the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
The 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic was successfully organised with more than 400 swimming coaches from 100 nations, on October 30, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. The golden opportunity offered for two days to exchange ideas, experience and knowledge with top-level coaches from swimming powerhouses like USA, Australia or China was praised by many participants.
For the 2014 edition, the Clinic's main topic was "Science & Innovation in Swimming". Eight top-level coaches (see table below) from top nations in the sport provided a comprehensive overview of coaching practices and shared valuable expertise with delegates interested in developing elite swimming athletes in their own country.
|NAME||Country||TOPIC of PRESENTATION|
|Fred VERGNOUX||Spain||Science and Innovation of Distance|
|Graham HILL||South Africa||Preparation Plan - Training Vs Competition Mix|
|Andrea DI NINO||Italy||Science and Innovation of Sprint Coach|
|Rohan TAYLOR||Australia||Building Successful Performance Service Teams|
|Marcel WOUDA||Netherlands||Application of Science and Innovation in day-to-day Practice|
|Roald VAN DER VLIET||Netherlands||The Science of Skills in Swimming|
|Dirk LANGE||Austria||Modern Breaststroke using the example of Cameron vd Burgh|
||Skill Acquisition and Injury Prevention
|Margo MOUNTJOY||Canada||FINA - Yakult Nutrition Programme|
Day 2, Golden Clinic Doha 2014: Bringing progress to swimming training
Day two of the FINA Swimming Coaches’ Golden Clinic proved another informative time for the more than 200 coaches from all around the globe in Doha today. The span of speakers during the clinic proved beneficial for all coaches, from specific training sessions for elite athletes, general training for national teams, managing programmes, nutrition, strength and conditioning and injury prevention.
Marcel Wouda, the Netherlands’ national team coach, opened the final day’s proceedings with his presentation “Application of Science and Innovation in Day-To-Day Practice”. Wouda, a former world swimming champion and record holder, used the example of world-record relay swimmer Femke Heemskerk and the 200m freestyle with emphasis on balanced splits.
Day 1, Golden Clinic Doha 2014: Sharing excellence
The two-day FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic opened in Doha, Qatar today with a highlight presentation from South African head coach Graham Hill. More than 200 coaches listened intently as some of the world’s leading coaches expounded their theories and unveiled their techniques and training programmes.
The enthralled audience heard Hill deal with pre-season planning and how he manages his superstar swimmer Chad Le Clos (RSA). Hill said that Le Clos thrived on heavy training in competition while some of his other charges, including distance swimmer Miles Brown (RSA), followed different programmes and had different demands.
1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic, what a success!
The 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic concluded successfully with more than 200 swimming coaches from a hundred nations. The golden opportunity to exchange ideas, experience and knowledge with top-level coaches from swimming powerhouses like USA, Australia or China was praised by many participants.
The coaches attending the clinic were offered a wide range of visions of coaching, practical training cycles, personal experiences, motivation tips for swimmers, and many pieces of advice on the balance between training and life outside the pool and the relationship between a coach and his athlete.
2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention opens magnificently
October 30, 2012 MOSCOW - The 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention opened in Moscow, Russia. This new FINA event, organised in a non-competition environment and the only of this calibre on the international aquatics calendar, offers a unique opportunity for the Aquatics community - the FINA Family, National Federations, partners, manufacturers, athletes and coaches, bidders and organisers of FINA events, media etc. - to work together to make FINA's sports bigger.
Earlier in the day, the 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic concluded successfully, with a second set of presentations made by successful coaches who shared their winning strategies with fellow coaches from all continents: Dirk Lange (GER), coach of Cameron van der Burgh, Olympic champion in the men's 100m breastroke, who was followed by Ferenc Kovacshegyi from Hungary, coach of Eva Risztov, gold medallist in the women's 10km marathon race at the London Games. American Yuri Sugiyama, who coached Katie Ledecky to Olympic success in the women's 800m freestyle, concluded the morning session. In the afternnon, Frank Busch, USA Swimming's National Team Director and Member of the FINA Coaches Commission, closed the clinic.
World-class swimming coaches share experience at 1st FINA Gold Medal clinic
October 29, 2012 MOSCOW - The 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic opened in Moscow, Russia with 200 swimming coaches representing more than a hundred National Federations. For two days, each top-level coach to present at the clinic will speak about his own experience and the specific coaching of an Olympic champion from the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Today, following FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione’s official opening and welcome message, six coaches took up the stage to share their personal vision of coaching, training philosophy but also how to build a trustworthy relationship between a coach and a swimmer, the ups and downs of coaching and more practically, the training cycles, daily and weekly schedules, and types of swimming sessions: Romain Barnier from France, Graham Hill from South Africa, Matthew Brown from Australia, Todd Schmitz from the USA and Chinese coaches Haitao Liu and Guoyi Xu.