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Developing synchro expertise in Manila (PHI)
A clinic for Synchronised swimming Coaches, Judges and Referees (beginner level) took place in Manila, the Phillipines, from May 12-17, 2011. FINA Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee Member Sue Edwards from New Zealand shared her experience in the field with ten very enthusiastic and interested participants who, she reminds "absolutely soaked the information and knowledge".
"This clinic was very important for the development of synchronised swimming in the Phillipines," Edwards added.
Swimming Officials clinic is a hit in Beyrouth (LIB)
A Swimming Officials clinic was held in Beyrouth, Lebanon, from May 11-17, 2011. Jean-Louis Morin from de Fédération Française de Natation trained 25 participants with both beginner and advanced levels.
The more experienced ones were taught the essential role of the swimming judge, the official's various positions and went into the rules in depth. With the national swimming championships taking place during the clinic, the participants put their skills to the test for two days. The beginners were taught on the judge's positions and the official's roles, timing rules, starts, turns and strokes.
Malaysian Swimming Officials upgrade skills
Youth benefits from Swimming school in Fiji
The Oceania edition of the 2011 FINA Swimming Officials Schools was successfully hosted by the Amateur Swimming Association of Fiji from May 7-8, 2011 at the Nadi Sports Club. FINA TSC Chairman Carol Zaleski and FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo conducted the school attended by a total of 33 participants (30 local and three from Guam and Vietnam).
The participants were very young. Some of them were students coming from abroad. They are in Fiji for a two-year course at the Sports School and chose Swimming. During this period they have to take part in at least five different activities. The FINA Swimming Officials School counted as one activity in this regard. Moreover, for the first time, some coaches took part.
Diving Judges test skills at FINA Grand Prix in Montreal (CAN)
11 Diving Judges (six locals and five coming from Cuba, France, Japan and the USA) took part in a school for the FINA Judges Certification Course (Advanced) in Montreal, Canada, from April 27-29, 2011.
FINA Technical Diving Committee Members Steve McFarland (USA) and Anke Piper (Germany) were on-hand to share their expertise with the participants. In addition to the theory sessions, the class was given the opportunity to test their skills at an international diving competition, the third leg of the FINA Diving Grand Prix taking place in Montreal on the same week-end. As a result, the participants were assessed by both experts during the competition, also attending the debriefing for the Judges Panels.
Coaching clinic fosters growth development in PNG
Papua New Guinea Swimming Inc organised a swim clinic from April 26-29, 2011, in Port Moresby with visiting Australian Swim Coach Kellie Ball.
The course programme included Biomechanics, the four strokes Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly and Breastroke, drills and skills, turns, starts and finishes, Dry Land conditioning, types of training and training programmes, test sets, stroke simplification for learn to swim and lesson planning, and teaching progressions.
A record 104 take part in Swimming Officials school in Hong Kong
The Asian edition of the 2011 FINA Swimming Officials Schools was successfully hosted by the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association on April 23-24, 2011 at the Hong Kong Olympic House. The School welcomed a total of 104 participants, among which 84 were local and 20 from seven other Federations (CHI, JPN, MAC, MGL, PER, SIN and THA). The lecturers were Carol Zaleski, FINA TSC Chairman, and Søren Korbo, FINA TSC Honorary Secretary.
The school was very efficiently organised by the host Federation. CD’s with the Power Point presentations were prepared by the FINA Office and were handed out to the participants at the end of the sessions. The presentations were very well received.
Olympic Solidarity takes action in Niger
The FINA/IOC Olympic Solidarity Development Programme is back to Africa. The Fédération Nigerienne de Natation welcomed Maurice Beunet (FFN Sports Technical Advisor and Relationship Officer for the North African and French-speaking countries) in Niamey for a Technical Course for Coaches, Swimming (Beginner level) from April 14-22, 2011. Two national coaches, Daouda and Morou, with good experience and 22 beginners took part in the course.
Mr. Beunet noted that "the swimming activity in Niger is mainly concentrated in a few big cities (three to four swimming pools) and in the Niger River. Daouda and Morou ensure the Federation's development and activity by accompanying the projects of President Youssoufou Ahmadou Tidjani."
The Federation's global objectives are to start a global activity regarding early trainings and aquatic discovery, for instance, by organising the swimmers education within clubs, half-day discovery activities and to render swimming safer in the Niger River.
Building Swimming Officials expertise in Kigali (RWA)
The Rwanda Swimming Federation (RSF) organised a Swimming clinic for beginner-level Officials (Judges and Referees) in Kigali from March 22-31, 2011. The clinic was a great success, with 30 participants (all local except one Kenyan) getting valuable training and knowledge from Germany's Gerd Nottelmann, a much experienced swimming expert.
The RSF is a young Federation, which was formed just a few years ago, and ever since, it has sought to actively promote swimming within the region. It is therefore an opportune time for holding a Swimming Officials clinic, providing Judges and Referees all the skills they need to further develop the Federation's activities.
OWS clinic makes a difference in Suva (FIJ)
An Open Water Swimming clinic for Coaches and Officials (beginner and intermediate levels) was held in Suva, Fiji, from March 19-23. More than 40 participants attended the course, which was led by Kiwi expert Philip Rush. New Zealand's open water swimming Head coach since 2008, Rush is also the Youth development manager at NZ Swim.
During the theory sessions, many topics were discussed: how to evaluate a race-swimmers strategy; technique, starts, turns and finishes; race skills; swim prep and drills for open water; basic open water swimming and looking after your swimmer; swimmer safety with open water swimming; managing your swimmer and event.
The participants tested their newly-acquired skills during a 5km ocean race (there was also a 2-hour pool session every day).
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