Development News

Building Swimming Officials expertise in Tunisia

Development News

The first FINA Swimming Officials School of the 2012 season was hosted by the Tunisian Swimming Federation in Tunis (TUN) on February 11-12 at the Golden Tulip El Mechtel Hotel. The School had a total of 30 participants with one coming from outside Tunisia.

The lecturers were Søren Korbo, FINA TSC Honorary Secretary and Olugbenga Lawal, FINA TSC Member. The School was opened by the newly elected President of the Tunisian Swimming Federation, Mr. Hedi Belhassen. The School was very well organised by the host Federation.

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Swimming Coaches clinic attracts many in Doha (QAT)

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A clinic for Swimming Coaches (Level 1 to 3) was organised in Doha (QAT) from January 30 to February 8, 2012. 60 participants attended the one-week course given by German expert Gerd Nottelmann.

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FINA Development School for Diving Judges is held in Colombo (SRI)

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The first FINA Diving Development School of 2012, a basic development course for those having no prior judging experience in diving, took place at the Otters Aquatic Club in Colombo, Sri Lanka from January 29-30.

Happily, in this case, among the 17 eager participants, most were former divers with knowledge of diving techniques and codes. FINA TDC Member Frans van de Konijnenburg (NED) taught various aspects of judging this spectacular discipline: Judge's Responsibilities, Competition Format and Procedure, The Dive, Judging Synchronised Diving, Briefing and De-briefing at competitions, Duties of the Referee, etc.

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FINA schools programme kicks off in Tunis (TUN)

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The first school of 2012 was organised in the Tunisian capital for water polo officials from January 6-8. 33 water polo referees coming from Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt attend the course conducted by FINA TWPC Chairman Gianni Lonzi from Italy.

 

Certification course for Swimming Coaches is a success in St. Lucia

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A Technical Course for Swimming Coaches (Level 1) took place in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, from January 6-8, 2012 with about 50 enthusiastic participants. American expert John Leonard was onsite to share with the coaches his valuable knowledge. 

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Synchro Coaches enjoy first clinic of the year in Colombo (SRI)

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The FINA Development Programme for Coaches and Officials kicks off 2012 with its first clinic for synchronised swimming coaches in Asia. It is aimed at building solid knowledge and legacy thanks to technical training in countries that are developing FINA sports.

16 beginner coaches from Sri Lanka took part in a synchro clinic at Colombo's Otter Aquatic Club from January 5-8. Japanese Miwako Homma, FINA TSSC Member, shared her valuable expertise to introduce the basic technical elements of synchronised swimming to the aspiring coaches. Both theory and pool sessions were organised during the four-day course.

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Swimming Coaches and Officials clinic held in Papeete (TAH)

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A clinic for Swimming Coaches and Officials (intermediate level) was organised in Papeete, Tahiti, from December 8-20, 2011 attended enthusiastically by 12 coaches and 25 officials. Expert Jean-Louis Morin from the Fédération Française de Natation was onsite to share his experience and knowledge. Following the course, the participants tested their skills during the short-course Polynesian Championships.

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2011 Diving Judges programme ends on a high note

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The last of the 2011 FINA Diving Judges Certification Courses took place in Adelaide (Australia) from December 7-9 with 16 local participants. Michael Geissbuhler (Switzerland) and Kathy Seaman (Canada) from the FINA Technical Diving Committee instructed the course. The course content was varied: new FINA judges regulations, review of several dives, video practical exam, judges assessments and a written test at the end.

On the success of the course, the experts said: "The participants showed good quality in their knowledge and application of the diving rules."

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Synchro Coaches clinic builds legacy in the Caribbean

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The Barbados Amateur Swimming Association organised a synchronised swimming clinic for coaches in Bridgetown from December 5-9 at the Headquarters of the Barbados Olympic Association. The clinic was conducted by Khadija Cutcher from Synchro Canada with ten participants, including two from Trinidad & Tobago.

At the conclusion of the successful four days, the participants said they had learned a lot and in the case of Barbados will structure the local programme around information obtained from the clinic. The Participants from Trinidad & Tobago vowed to get the discipline going in their country and will keep in close touch with Barbados for the necessary support.

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Swimming Coaches learn from the best in Harare (ZIM)

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A FINA Swimming Coaches Certification Course (level 3) was held in Harare, Zimbabwe from November 30 to December 2, 2011. In all, 18 participants attended (15 local, 2 from Zambia and one from Malawi) with coaching experience ranging from 3 to 20 years. American expert Larry Laursen, now living in Namibia and current consultant to University of Pretoria Sports as High Performance specialist, gave the course.

Many important topics were addressed: Building a Coaching Model, Mechanics of Swimming, Race Starts, Turning Skills, Training Principles, Physical Well-Being, Core Body Strength, Talent Identification, among others. The participants had the opportunity to test their newly-acquired skills the following two days at the Mashonaland Championships. Laursen discussed with them the strokes and techniques, the pacing and did race analysis.

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