35 Coaches benefit from Swimming clinic in Kingston (JAM)
A multi-level clinic for swimming coaches was held in Kingston, Jamaica, from June 1-3, 2012 with Robert Steele from USA Swimming as lecturer, which was attended by 35 participants.
The practical sessions were organised with two coaches (Rosemarie Logan and Joshua Bailey) and 25 swimmers from the Blue Marlins Swim Team. The course focused on biomechanical principles for teaching and training. During practice, Steele taught drills, balance and sculling to development and correction for the four strokes.
Three-in-one clinic is a hit in Noumea (FRA)
A clinic for open water and swimming officials and referees (intermediate to advanced level) was conducted jointly by FINA TOWSC Member John West (NZL) and FINA TSC Vice-chairman Don Blew (AUS) from May 28 to June 2 at Noumea's Dumbea Aquatic Centre, New Caledonia. 30 participants, coming from both New Caledonia and New Zealand, attended the course.
The participants could test their newly acquired skills at the Oceania Championships, taking place at the same time at the Aquatic Centre.
Swimming Coaches Certification course attracts many in Singapore
145 Swimming coaches gathered to Singapore to attend a FINA Swimming Coaches Certification course from May 23-25, 2012. Miehe Horst from New Zealand, who is one of the most valuable swimming coaches in his country, was the lecturer for the course.
During the three-day course, Horst talked about the governing principals of coaching, the relevant science to the understanding of teaching swimming, the four swimming strokes, starts and turns, teaching skills and methods for coaches, among other topics.
Water polo referees get started in Dhaka (BAN)
A clinic for water polo referees (beginner level) was held at Dhaka's Syed Nayrul Swimming Complex, Bangladesh from May 19-24, 2012. Iranian Khosrow Amini, FINA TWPC Member, introduced 24 participants to the basics of water polo officiating.
Theory classes were held before practical sessions on the last two days. All participants were eager to learn and showed great interest in improving their skills.
Clinics in FINA's five sports attract many in San Salvador (ESA)
Meanwhile, a beginner to intermediate-level clinic for water polo referees and officials was conducted by Cuban Eugenio Martinez, FINA Bureau Member, with 22 participants (May 22-31).
Diving Judge Certification course held in Eindhoven (NED)
A FINA Certification course for diving judges was organised in Eindhoven (NED) at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium from May 18-20, 2012. FINA TDC members Ann Sissons (NZL) and Kathy Seaman (CAN) conducted the course, which was held during the European Diving Championships.
The course welcomed 12 participants, from the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Lithuania and Canada.
Successful Swimming Officials clinic held in Saipan (NMA)
Post-clinic, Don Blew said: "All attendees were very keen to learn all aspects of what is required to conduct a swim meet and learn the stroking rules."
Thumbs up for Diving Judge school in Singapore
A FINA school for diving judged was organised at Singapore's Toa Payoh Swimming Complex from May 5-6, 2012. TDC member Mathz Lindberg (SWE), former diver and father of still-competitive Anna Lindberg, conducted the course, which was attended by 22 beginner-level participants.
The course focused on the fundamentals and duties of officials. Practical aspects such as how to run a diving competition, equipment for judging and judging practice were addressed during poolside sessions.
Innovative clinic trains Swimming Officials in Cayman Islands
A swimming officials clinic took place from May 2-7, 2012 in Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands. Referee Neil Booth from Great Britain, who has officiated at all levels of competition for many years, instructed 32 participants.
The structure of the course was built around PowerPoint presentations, mixed-size group discussion and then review and re-enforcement following discussion. Skype technology was used to include officials from Cayman Brac in the sessions, an innovative solution to avoid prohibitive costs.
Swimming school delights Officials in Kuala Lumpur (MAS)
The Asian stop of the 2012 FINA Swimming Officials School programme was successfully organised by the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia from April 30 to May 1, 2012 at the National Sports Stadium Complex. The School had a total of 38 participants. Among them, 15 were from the host Federation and 23 came from seven different countries (Indonesia, Iran, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Trinidad & Tobago).
All participants were eager to learn and actively took part in discussions. Poolside sessions were organised at the 50m pool at the National Swimming Complex, which was built for the Commonwealth Games. Six girls and six boys from the Kuala Lumpur Ikan Bilis Swim Club were present with their coach. The participants were divided into two teams and trained their officiating skills with various swimming events.
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