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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, thi...

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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...

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FINA takes action, will provide Scholarships for Athletes

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 ...

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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 progra...

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Thumbs up for Swimming Coaches clinic in Panama City

Thumbs up for Swimming Coaches clinic in Panama City

A clinic for intermediate-level swimming coaches was organised in Panama City (PAN) from May 12-18, 2013 with 36 participants.Emerson Ramirez Farto from Brazil led the clinic in Panama.

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Synchro Coaches clinic held in Manila (PHI)

Synchro Coaches clinic held in Manila (PHI)

A clinic for synchronised swimming coaches (beginner to intermediate) was held in Manila (PHI) from May 1-10, 2013.Canadian synchro coach Leslie Sproule trained 18 participants.

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Swimming clinic for Officials held in Dar es Salaam (TAN)

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.

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Building Diving Judges expertise with world-class event in Edinburgh (GBR)

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 pra...

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Great job at Swimming Officials school in Port Moresby (PNG)

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 ...

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FINA Development takes action in Southeast Africa

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, ...

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Water polo clinic for Referees is a hit in Valparaiso (CHI)

Water polo clinic for Referees is a hit in Valparaiso (CHI)

22 participants took part in a FINA clinic for water polo referees and officials (beginner to intermediate level), organised in Valparaiso, Chile, from March 19-24, 2013. American water polo referee Humberto Navarro, who has officiated for almost 20 years at national and international levels, was the expert on hand for the course.The clinic was held in conjunction with the South American Youth Cha...

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Diving Officials get started in Dubai (UAE)

A FINA clinic for diving officials (beginner level) was organised in Dubai (UAE) from March 16-20, 2013. FINA TDC member Bashar Al-Saffar from Kuwait was the lecturer for the course, which was attended by 23 participants. The course focused on Several topics were discussed: dive elements, age groups, synchronised diving, scoring, referee and judge's duties, penalties and deductions, video analysis...

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Swimming Coaches clinic organised in Papeete (TAH)

Development News

A Swimming Coaches (intermediate) clinic was held in Papeete, Tahiti from April 9-16, 2012 with French expert Jean-Louis Morin instructing 12 participants. Theory and practice sessions were organised. Morin also took the opportunity to visit a school's sports unit.

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Open water swimming Officials take the plunge in Eilat (ISR)

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A FINA school for open water swimming officials was organised in Eilat (ISR) from March 29-30, 2012. Open water swimming expert Samuel Greetham from Great Britain shared his valuable experience with the 23 participants. Apart from local participants, some were from Turkey and Malta.

The course focussed on the origins of open water swimming, FINA structure and rules, duties and roles of officials, timekeeping, race rules, risk management, etc. Practical sessions were held during the National Championships. At the end of the course, Greetham said: "Candidates were of a very high calibre."

 

Two Water polo Referee schools held in North America

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The first FINA water polo school for referees was organised in Thousand Oaks, South California (USA) from March 23-25, 2012. TWPC Chairman Gianni Lonzi (ITA) and TWPC member Niculae Firoiu (GRE) led the course, which was attended by 29 participants. Among them, 23 American, two participants from Georgia, one from Uzbekistan, one from Costa Rica and one from Trinidad and Tobago.

A few days later, the lecturers made a stop in Edmonton, Alberta (CAN) for a second water polo school, held from March 28-30, 2012. 12 participants - 10 locals, one participant from Venezuela and one from Hong Kong - enthusiastically took part in the course, during which a new theme was discussed: "Psychological preparation of the referee".

 

Swimming Officials school held in San Juan (PUR)

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A school for swimming officials took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 23-24, 2012. 18 local participants took part in the course, which was conducted by FINA TSC Chairman Carol Zaleski and TSC member Errol Clarke (BAR).

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Excellent instruction at Diving Officials certification course in Beijing (CHN)

Development News

2012's first FINA certification course for diving officials (intermediate level) was held at Beijing's iconic "Water Cube" from March 22-24. The course was scheduled to take place on the fringe of the FINA Diving World Series Beijing leg and was conducted by FINA TDC members Anke Piper (GER) and Ann Sissons (NZL) with 25 participants from 5 different countries.

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Synchro judges upgrade skills in Sydney (AUS)

Development News

Sydney, in Australia, welcomed 15 participants for a FINA synchronised swimming judge school, organised from 17-20 March, 2012 with FINA Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee member Sue Edwards from New Zealand as lecturer.

 

Synchro school delights judges in Athens (GRE)

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A FINA school for synchronised swimming Judges was organised in Athens, Greece from March 14-18, 2012 attended by 24 participants (10 locals and 14 foreign). FINA TSSC Member Jennifer Gray from Great Britain conducted the school, which included in-depth discussions and interactive sessions.

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Swimming Officials on right track in El Salvador

Development News

A swimming officials clinic (intermediate level) was organised in San Salvador, El Salvador, from March 13-19, 2012 with 35 participants, most locals and seven coming from Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua and Colombia.

Jose I. Gonzalez Arias from Guatemela, FINA TSC Member, was on site to conduct the course and share his valuable expertise.

 

Successful diving clinic held in Belem (BRA)

Development News

A successful FINA Development diving clinic was held in Belem, Brasil from 13-17 March, 2012 with 30 participants. Among them, 7 coaches, 17 judges, two officials, three students and one athlete took part in the course (intermediate to advanced level) conducted by Rolando Ruiz Pedreguera. 23 of them were locals and 7 from outside the country.

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One step further for Aquatics in Rwanda

Development News

In collaboration with FINA (under its Development programme 2012), the Rwanda swimming federation (FRNA) organised a ten-day clinic from March 10-19 called "Technical course for coaches level one" in Kigali, Rwanda. There were 34 participants, all Rwandans except one trainee from Kenya. The course also welcomed athletes as observers in oorder to increase their skills on officiating issues.

This course was facilitated by German expert Gerd Nottelmann. The sessions were highly interactive and Nottelmann's knowledge and excellent teaching methods were much appreciated. The ten-day clinic was a great success, with all participants showing enthusiasm and willingness to learn. All acknowledged that they found the clinic rewarding.

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