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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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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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Water Polo Referees attend school in Loughborough (GBR)

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British Swimming hosted a FINA Water Polo School for Referees at SportPark Loughborough University from September 30th to October 2nd, 2011. Gianni Lonzi (ITA) and Niculae Firoiu (GER), respectively Chairman and Member of the FINA Technical Water Polo Committee, shared their knowledge and expertise with 19 referees (14 were local, three from Portugal, one from Japan and one from Ireland). Some coaches and delegates attended as well.
 
"During the three days we had the opportunity to discuss about all the aspects of the right application of the FINA rules and pointed out the importance of the Center/Centerback play and also the specific of simulations, provocations and pressing during the game," Gianni Lonzi explained.

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Enhancing Swimming Officials' expertise in Latin America

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The Federacion Panamena de Natacion organised a clinic for Swimming Judges and Officials (Beginner and Intermediate levels) from September 26th to October 1st in the capital city of Panama. In all, 18 local and six foreign participants (coming from El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Puerto Rico) attended the course led by expert Jose Ismael Gonzalez from Guatemala.

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Promising Swimming Coaches clinic held in Kingston (VIN)

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A clinic for Swimming Coaches (beginner level) was held in Kingston, St. Vincent and the Grenadines from September 19-24, 2011 attended by eight coaches and 12 swimmers who were on-hand for practical sessions. American expert Rick Powers praised the participants who were "highly motivated and did extremely well."

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45 Nepalese Coaches enjoy Swimming clinic

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The Nepal Swimming Association organised a Swimming Coaches clinic (intermediate level) in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 18-22, 2011. 45 enthusiastic participants took part in the course conducted by S. Pradeep Kumar, India's National Coach and Head Coach of BAC, Bangalore. The clinic was given in both English and Hindi.

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Swimming Coaches clinic leads to happy reunion (LAO)

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The Lao Swimming Federation hosted a clinic for swimming coaches (level 2) in Vientiane from September 11-20 attended by 16 participants (all local but one Vietnamese). Onsite lecturer Gerd Nottelmann from Germany, who had taught swimming back in the 1990s to 80 Lao children, happily met again with eight of them for the coaches clinic. The course was very fruitful with all participants very engaged in acquiring coaching skills.  

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Diving Judges school is a success in Medellin (COL)

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FINA TDC Events Sub-Committee Members Frans Van De Konijenburg (NED) and Mathz Lindberg (SWE)A FINA Diving Judges Certification Course was successfully held in Medellin, Colombia from September 7-9, 2011. FINA TDC Events Sub-Committee Members Frans Van De Konijenburg (NED) and Mathz Lindberg (SWE) conducted the advanced-level school which was attended by 35 participants from 11 different countries! If more than a third were locals, the rest of the group comprised judges from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, USA and Venezuela. As a result, both English and Spanish were used during the three-day school.

"We may consider the outcome [of this school] as one of the most successful in terms of numbers and results. All students were extremely motivated and eager to do well," the lecturers happily noted.

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OWS Judges get started in Puerto Rico

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A clinic for Open water swimming Judges (beginner level) was organised for the first time in two different cities, San Juan and Ponce, from August 28 to September 4, 2011. 36 participants (21 from San Juan and 15 from Ponce) learned the basics from expert Tomas Haces German, Member of FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee.

The course's topics were: Introduction to Open Water events, Rules (study and analysis), Organisation and Security in Open water events, Responsibilities and Ethics of Judges in Open water events. "Puerto Rico has big possibilities to develop Open Water Swimming. After the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships were held in the country, a keen interest developed for athletes, coaches and judges in the discipline," rejoiced Haces.

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