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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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Swimming Coaches clinics make successful stops in Asia

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A first clinic for advanced Swimming Coaches was organised by the Swimming Federation of India in Ranchi (in the eastern part of the country) from November 16-20. 50 enthusiastic coaches from various parts of India attended the course led by James Puleo from USA Swimming in a newly built aquatic complex.

Two days later, a second of the kind was held in Amman (Jordan) and lasted until November 27. It was attended by 37 local participants and instructed by German expert Gerd Nottelmann.

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Water polo Referee school is held in Barcelona (ESP)

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A school for water polo referees was held in Barcelona (Spain) from November 11-13. FINA Technical Water Polo Committee Chairman Gianni Lonzi instructed 25 participants (all Spanish, except a Greek and Turkish referee). During the three-day course, topics such as the application of FINA Rules, importance of Center/Center-back play, specific of simulations, provocations and pressing during the game were discussed.

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Last stop for 2011 Swimming Officials programme in Abuja (NGR)

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The last of the 2011 FINA Swimming Officials Schools was held in Abuja (Nigeria) with the presence of FINA Bureau Member Ben Ekumbo and Gbenga Lawal, Member of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee. 39 participants (including one from Botswana and two from Ghana) attended the course which was held from November 8-9.

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Swimming clinic trains Coaches in Ghana

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With just a few remaining Technical Courses for Swimming Coaches to be given in the course of December, the FINA clinics programme 2011 is coming to a close with one course being held in Accra (Ghana) from November 1-8.

The beginner-level course welcomed 43 participants and was taught by expert Joshua Neuloh from Germany. The following topics were addressed: teaching approaches, technical aspects of freestyle swimming, training control methods, role of the coach and training principles.

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Swimming Coaches get certified in Guayaquil (ECU)

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As part of the FINA Swimming Coaches Certification Programme, a course (Level 2) was held in Guayaquil (Ecuador) from November 1-3, 2011. In all, 81 participants (all local except eleven, who came from Colombia and Peru) took part in the course led by swimming expert Harry N. Canales from Hawaii (USA).

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Water polo Referees attend school in Hamburg (GER)

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23 water polo referees from eight countries (Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Ukraine) took part in a school conducted by FINA TWPC Member Niculae Firoiu in Hamburg, Germany from October 28-30, 2011.

The course programme included among others, the following topics: Responsibilities of the Referee, Application of FINA WP Rules, Centre Forward/Centre Back play, Yellow/red card, Pressing, 5 Metre shot, Contra Foul, Timeout, etc. An examination took place at the end of the three-day clinic. Firoiu praised the level of participants which was "theoretically very high."

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Synchro Judge school held in Budapest (HUN)

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A successful school for aspiring synchronised swimming judges was held in Budapest, Hungary from October 25-30, 2011. In all, 36 local and nine foreign participants attended the course which was given by FINA Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee Member Jennifer Gray from Great Britain.

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Swimming Officials clinic as a refresher prior Dubai World Cup

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A FINA Swimming Officials Development clinic was organised in Dubai (UAE) from October 4-5, 2011 prior the inaugural leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup to kick off on October 7. FINA Technical Swimming Committee Bill Hogan from Canada was onsite to instruct no less than 40 local swimming judges, officials and referees, whose level ranked intermediate to advanced.

Half of the attendees would officiate at the Dubai World Cup later the same week. On day 1, topics such as Competitive Strokes, Relays, Officials’ Decision Making, The Race, Disqualifications and Protests were discussed. On day 2, the participants learned about Duties of Officials and studied a Presentation of the FINA Stroke Video. At the end of the day, an examination took place.

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