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).
Swimming clinic trains more than 40 coaches in San José (CRC)
More than 40 coaches enthusiastically took part in a Swimming clinic (Intermediate level) in San José, Costa Rica, from March 17-21, 2011, successfully conducted by José Armando Sánchez Marqués from the Mexican Swimming Federation.
Bright future in sight for Swimming in Bahrain
The Bahrain Swimming Association in collaboration with FINA organised a Swimming clinic for Coaches and Officials (Beginner/Intermediate) from February 27 to March 10, 2011, in Isa Town (BRN). The two-week clinic was divided in two courses: 15 coaches took part in the first week and 16 officials attended the second week.
The clinic was facilitated by Mr. Nottelmann from Germany, who noted in his report: "All participants were very engaged and interested; we had a successful time together."
Three-in-one clinic attracts many in Lima (PER)
Three consecutive clinics for Open Water, Synchro and Swimming Judges took place in Lima (PER) from March 11-13, 14-19 and March 18-23, 2011, respectively.
Open water swimming expert Jorge Delgado Panchana from the Federación Ecuatoriana de Natación trained a group of 33 beginner-level participants, including Coaches, Judges, Officials and Referees. He talked about the specific training that applies to open water swimmers, FINA OWS Rules & Regulations and event organisation, among other topics.
Spanish expert Hortensia Graupera welcomed 31 Judges and Officials for the synchro clinic (Intermediate/Advanced) at the Piscina Campo de Marte while Jose Ismael Gonzalez from Guatemala, Member of FINA Technical Swimming Committee, UANA, CCCAN, provided a swimming skills upgrade to no less than 67 intermediate-level Judges.
Water Polo Referees know the game in Lima (PER)
The second school for Water Polo Referees of the year was facilitated by FINA Bureau Member Eugenio Martinez from Cuba, taking place in Lima, Peru from March 11-13, 2011. 34 participants (25 local and nine from surrounding countries) enthusiastically attended the three-day school. Mr. Martinez has notably officiated as a Referee at six summer editions of Olympic Games and three as a FINA Technical Water Polo Committee Member.
Coaches clinic builds a legacy for Swimming in Benin
Michel Pedroletti, national technical consultant at the Férération Française de Natation, trained more than 15 advanced-level Swimming Coaches in Cotonou (BEN) from March 7-18, 2011. The French expert noted that all participants were very attentive, interested and motivated during the 12-day clinic. The development of Swimming in the region even generated interest from the local radio show "Sport et Musique", which invited the class for an hour live participation.
The topics discussed during the clinic were the role of the coach, basic stroke techniques and swimming training, starts and turns, motivation, management and communication skills inherent to a coach, training planning, just to name a few.
Olympic Solidarity trains Swimming Coaches in Harare (ZIM)
After a successful kick-off in Belgrade (SRB), the FINA/IOC Olympic Solidarity Development Programme heads to Africa for a stop in Harare, Zimbabwe. A Technical Course for Coaches, Swimming (Beginner/Intermediate), took place at the Prince Edward School, from February 27 to March 8. Britain's Joshua Neuloh was the expert onsite and provided valuable knowledge to no less than 50 local participants (among which 31 beginners and 19 intermediate). The great interest and motivation showed by all during the 10-day course is an encouraging sign to further develop Swimming in all possible ways in the country.
Water Polo Referees upgrade skills in Sao Paulo (BRA)
The first FINA Water Polo School for Referees of the year, was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from February 18-20.
FINA Technical Water Polo Committee (TWPC) Chairman Gianni Lonzi was the assigned expert for the course. TWPC Member Jorge R. Pagura, Secretary of Sport for the state of Sao Paulo, welcomed all 18 participating referees in the name of the President of the Brazilian Swimming Federation, Mr. Coaracy Nunes Filho, also FINA Bureau Member. International water polo referee Mr. Cabral was there to translate into Brazilian.
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