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.
Swimming clinic for Officials held in Dar es Salaam (TAN)
A clinic for swimming coaches and officials was organised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from April 12-21, 2013.
Germany's Gerd Nottelmann trained 21 participants from Tanzania and 25 from Zanzibar.
The group was very enthusiastic and the clinic was conducted successfully.
Building Diving Judges expertise with world-class event in Edinburgh (GBR)
A FINA Diving Judges Certification course was organised in conjunction with the FINA/Midea Diving World Series, taking place in Edinburgh (GBR) from April 19-21, 2013 with FINA TDC member Michael Geissbuehler (SUI) and sub-committtee member Frans van de Konijnenburg (NED) training 10 participants. The course is divided in two parts, theory and practical sessions, with a written examination and practical evaluations in the end.
Hayley Sage from England, whose father is officiating at the World Series in Edinburgh, is taking part in her first FINA certification course: "I used to be an athlete so it really helps to having this school to go in-depth with the rules because it's quite different when you see it as an athlete, feeling and doing the dives, and when you're a judge watching the dives; there's lots of elements to the dive that you won't necessarily know how it is judged as a diver."
Great job at Swimming Officials school in Port Moresby (PNG)
The 2013 edition of the FINA Swimming Officials schools in Oceania was successfully hosted by PNG Swimming Inc. at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby from April 6-7. The school had a total of 36 participants made up of past swimmers, school teachers, coaches and parents.
The school was opened by PNG Swimming Inc. patron Bart Philemon, who welcomed the participants and course experts Don Blew, FINA TSC Vice Chairman and Soren Korbo, FINA TSC Honorary Secretary and then introduced the PNG Government Minister for Sports and Pacific Games, Justin Tkatchenko to open the FINA Officials school and speak on the preparations of the XV Pacific Games 2015.
FINA Development takes action in Southeast Africa
Two excellent clinics for swimming coaches were held in Lusaka, Zambia, and Lilongwe, Malawi, from March 12-23 and March 26-April 3, respectively.
In Lusaka, experienced coach Rick Powers from USA trained 16 coaches and 60 swimmers. The clinic programme included Learn to Swim progression for the 4 strokes, physiology of training, planning a season for all levels, test sets, tapering, IM training, mental preparation, officials training and parent education.
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