Synchro Judges upgrade skills at school in Lima (PER)
29 well-motivated participants (mostly women), among which there were 11 locals and 18 coming from other countries on the American continent (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Venezuela) took part in a School for Synchronised Swimming Judges in Lima, Peru, on May 13-16, 2010.
Swimming clinic is a success in Marshall Islands (MHL)
Kwajalein and Ebeye swimming officials received the benefit earlier this month (May 1-5, 2010) of a visit by international swimming federation coach Don Blew, who is based in Australia.
"I saw improvements since my visit four years ago," Blew told the Journal during his visit to Kwajalein. His visit focused on officiating for swim events and competitions. "FINA's (the international swimming body) aim is to get everyone following one officiating standard, so the administration of rules is the same everywhere," he said.
First success for new FINA Swimming Coaches Certification course in Bogota (COL)
The first course of the new FINA Swimming Coaches Certificate Programme was held in Bogota, Colombia, on April 29-May 1.
Rick Powers, who gave the clinic, is an extremely experienced swimming coach. He has coached the National teams of six countries – Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Malaysia, Kuwait and Israel – and has given clinics in no less than 31 countries.
He presently is a consultant to the National Federation of the Philippines and organises swim camps in the country.
Powers reveals his impressions on this promising development.
Swimming clinic delights Coaches (PNG)
A clinic for active club coaches and physical education teachers was held on April 20-26, 2010, in Lae and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
30 local participants enthusiastically welcomed visiting Australian coach, Chris Smith, who came to share his valuable experience and knowledge in coaching and educating in swimming, who conducted Learn to Swim schools in the Sydney area for 16 years.
Technical Officials attend Swimming clinic in Kathmandu (NEP)
A total of 30 participants from Nepal attended a swimming clinic for Technical Officials (Beginner to Intermediate level) from the FINA Development Programme hosted by the Nepal Swimming Association (NSA) on April 18-22, 2010.
The training programme was inaugurated by Mr. Pitambar Timilsina, Vice President of the National Sports Council of Nepal. The five-day clinic was given by Mr. Ong Hock Lai, Chairman of the Technical Swimming Committee of the Singapore Swimming Association, and comprised a good mix of both theory and practical session in the lecture room and pool deck at the Satdobato Swimming Complex in Kathmandu.
Thumbs up for Coaches clinic in Botswana (BOT)
43 coaches from all parts of Botswana attended a Swimming Coaches clinic (Level 1 & 2) in Francistown (BOT) on April 16-20, 2010. All participants had different levels of expertise, teaching either at a junior or senior school, at university or in a club.
The Botswana Swimming Sports Association (BSSA) welcomed visiting lecturer Larry Laursen to give the clinic, which took place at the Thornhill Primary School.
Olympic Solidarity makes second stop in Africa (KEN)
The FINA/IOC Olympic Solidarity Development Programme held a technical course for Swimming Coaches (Advanced level) in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 13-22, 2010. In all, 33 local participants made it to the YMCA classroom to benefit from the great experience of expert Derek Howorth from USA Swimming.
The course mixed theoretical content, such as foundations of coaching, coaching tools, diet, differences between winter and summer training, etc., with practical water sessions, explaining drills, dry-land exercises, stroke mechanics and progressions, kicking, starts and turns, etc.
Olympic Solidarity carries its mission in Netanya (ISR)
The Olympic Solidarity continues to develop the technical sports knowledge of coaches by organising, together with FINA, a Technical Course for Advanced-level Swimming Coaches at the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sport, in Netanya, Israel, from April 9-16, 2010.
The course, held in both English and Hebrew, gathered about 45 local participants. Renowed American expert Genadijus Sokolovas, Senior Physiologist Ph.D., shared his valuable knowledge, having worked with top-level USA swimmers.
Olympic Solidarity heads for Asia (BRN)
A FINA/Olympic Solidarity Technical Course for Swimming Coaches (Intermediate Level) successfully concluded at the Shaikh Khalifa Sports City in Riffa, Kingdom of Bahrain, on April 13, 2010. 22 coaches, among which two women, attended the ten-day course, where expert Jack Simon from the USA shared the best of his knowledge together with ten two-hour practical sessions.
Olympic Solidarity programme kicks off in Djibouti (DJI)
The FINA/IOC Olympic Solidarity Development Programme held its first technical school in Djibouti (DJI) on 13-20 March, 2010.
Longtime Olympic Solidarity programme expert Michel Pedroletti from Marseille (FRA) gave the course in French to 18 local participants, who aspire to become great swimming coaches. They surely learned from the best as Michel Pedroletti is a former elite backstroke swimmer, former national coach (who notably trained two Olympic swimmers) and former Director for French swimming teams.
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