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Post-Kazan ‘FINA Targeting RIO 2016-Scholarships Programme’ report reveals encouraging progress

Development News

Participants taking part in the ‘FINA Targeting RIO 2016-Scholarships Programme’, launched in May 2015, had the opportunity to compete at the 16th edition of the FINA World Championships, hold in Kazan, Russia from July 24-August 9, 2015.

In depth post-Kazan report reveals results and progresses made by the young swimmers training at Thanyapura centre, in Phuket, Thailand, since May 2015. This group of young athletes coming from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand  has been selected to benefit from a new scholarship programme providing high-level training facilities and on-going support to prepare for the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


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FINA supports schools and clinics in Pacific and Caribbean islands

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FINA development programmes continue to benefit countries with high potential.

The Papua New Guinea Swimming Federation hosted a FINA Open Water School for officials in May, during which basic knowledge about the sport was taught to the participants. 23 officials from the region, looking to improve their effectiveness, took part in the two-day programme in Port Moresby (PNG) in the Pacific Ocean. The same group also attended a FINA Swimming School for officials prior to the open water school.


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State-of-the-art training centre in Phuket welcomes first FINA scholarship athletes

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As part of the recent partnership agreement between FINA and the brand new state-of-the-art Thanyapura training centre located in Phuket in Thailand, Southeast Asia, 21 aspiring Olympians have started their “road to Rio 2016 Olympic Games”. 

FINA officially launched the new partnership with the sports complex Thanyapura this week at a press conference in Phuket attended by the Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and FINA Honorary Treasurer, Mr. Pipat Paniangvait.

FINA and the Thanyapura centre have awarded 21 scholarships for swimmers from 11 countries. They will train and live at Thanyapura, while preparing for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

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FINA reaches out to the world with more development programmes in 2015

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Successful FINA Swimming Clinic for coaches in St Kitts & Nevis

As part of its wide all-yearlong development programme, FINA assisted the St Kitts & Nevis Swimming Federation (West Indies, Caribbean) to host a FINA certified swimming clinic for coaches and instructors, a first on the island, from May 20-24, 2015.

The programme’s aim was to introduce coaches to the four swimming disciplines and their teaching methods involving 12 local children yet to learn how to swim.
A particular attention was given to freestyle. The five training sessions of one hour each took place in the ocean and on the beach as the island isn’t equipped with a swimming pool for the moment.

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FINA Clinic prepares swimming officials for the 2015 African Games

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A FINA clinic for swimming officials was organised by the Fédération Congolaise de Natation (FECONAT) from April 13-17 in the capital city, Brazzaville (CGO). The clinic attracted 26 participants aspiring to become official technical staff at the African Games.


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Successful FINA certification course for diving judges in Pereiera (COL)

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A FINA certification course for diving judges was organised in Pereiera (COL) from March 4-6, 2015. 19 participants coming for the most part from Colombia, Peru and Venezuela attended the course given by FINA Diving Technical Committee member Mathz Lindberg.

Among the topics discussed were how to become an elite FINA judge, golden rules and fundamentals of judging a dive, elements of the dive, synchronised diving, and duties of the referee.

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FINA school for swimming officials attracts 63 in Puerto Rico

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A FINA school for swimming officials was organised in Puerto Rico (PUR) on February 7-8, 2015. For this 2015 American edition of the FINA schools programme, FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo and former TSC Member Bill Hogan were on-hand to train 63 participants in Bayamón, a San Juan suburb.

Among the participants, 50 were locals and 13 came from either Panama, Antigua, Chile, Guatemala, the Bahamas or Barbados.

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First Swimming Coaches course of 2015 takes place in Kampala (UGA)

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The first FINA Swimming Coaches Certification Course of 2015 will be organised in Kampala, Uganda, from 10 to 12 January. American expert Rick Powers will run the Level 1 course, which will welcome 50 participants coming from Uganda, Sudan and Rwanda.

Also part of the FINA development programme for this year, clinics, which train coaches and officials of all levels in five disciplines - swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming and synchronised swimming - will take place in Congo, Ecuador, Guam, Jordan, Nigeria, Peru and Sri Lanka, to name a few.

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Colombo's coaches upgrade skills through advanced swimming Clinic

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Thirty-nine swimming coaches belonging to leading schools and clubs engaged in training elite age group swimmers updated their knowledge on approaches to training internationally through an Advanced Swimming Coaches Clinic concluded on Sunday December 14, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The five-day clinic held from December 10-14, 2014 was conducted by the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) through FINA's Development Programme.

The programme updated the knowledge of senior and upcoming coaches on Long-Term Athlete Development, Energy Systems and Training methodology, Testing and Performance Monitoring, Strength and Conditioning, Planning for Success, Stroke Mechanics, and Mechanics of Starts, Turns and Finishes.

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FINA Clinic boosts swimming officials ahead of 2015 African Games

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"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, this clinic is tackling two issues: the acquisition of new strategies related to the practice of swimming and the raising of officiating skills among local trainees.

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