First Swimming Officials clinic organised in Accra (GHA)
In their efforts to foster the development of Swimming in the country, the Ghana Swimming and Life Saving Association organised, in conjunction with FINA's Development programme, the first clinic for swimming officials (beginner level) in Accra, Ghana, from September 1-5, 2012, which brought together 18 participants.
FINA TSC Member Olugbenga Lawal from Nigeria conducted the course at Accra's Sports Stadium. The course, which combined both theory and practice, proved to be a very useful training for all participants.
Bill Hogan trains Swimming Officials in St. Georges (GRN)
An intermediate-level clinic for swimming officials took place in St. Georges, Grenada from August 27-31, 2012 gathering 33 participants, including technical officials, coaches and some senior swimmers. FINA TSC Member Bill Hogan from Canada was the expert on site.
Participants ranged from beginner technical officials to fairly experienced technical officials who have been referees and starters in continental competitions, one of whom was Omar Hughes, a former Olympic swimmer who swam at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. He is now a fairly experienced starter at the continental level.
23 Swimming Coaches enjoy clinic in Guyana
A clinic for swimming beginner coaches and officials was held in Georgetown, Guyana from August 22 to September 1, 2012 with 23 participants.
American Rick Powers discussed topics such as physiology of training, season planning using macro, meso and microcycles, IM training, tapering, nutrition, parent education, motivation, group division by age, attendance and ability and stroke analysis. Practical sessions included drills for all strokes, turns and starts as well as aerobic and anaerobic training sets.
Swimming Coaches clinic is a hit in Tehran (IRI)
33 swimming coaches took enthusiastically part in an intermediate clinic organised in Tehran, Iran from August 22-27, 2012. Fernando Delgado from Puerto Rico discussed various topics such as team coaching, career training, nutrition, concentration and race preparation, and arousing control and self image.
Swimming Officials attend clinic in Managua (NCA)
The Piscina Barracudas in Managua, Nicaragua welcomed 33 swimming officials for an intermediate-level clinic from August 20-24, 2012 conducted by Jose Ismael Gonzales from Guatemala.
During the five-day course, Gonzales shared his Olympic Games and World Championships experience, addressing also the judge's various roles and duties and going through FINA's structure, Constitution and Rules.
Open water Officials train skills ahead of 1st Junior Champs in Welland (CAN)
It was a busy day at Welland's International Flatwater Centre, Ont. Canada, on August 15, 2012 as 29 open water swimming officials gathered to take part in an intermediate clinic conducted by FINA TOWSC Member John West from New Zealand.
The course took place a day before the inaugural edition of the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, taking place also in Welland. The course gave a useful insight into open water swimming procedures at FINA events.
Swimming Officials learning the ropes in Tegucigalpa (HON)
The Federacion Hondurena de Natacion organised a FINA development clinic for swimming officials (intermediate level) in Tegucigalpa from August 12-19, 2012. The course, which was conducted by Joel Ugarte Ferrari from the Federacion Peruana de Natation, gathered 15 participants.
On the first five days, participants went through a number of essential theoretical aspects of officiating in Swimming. The opportunity was then given to participants to test their skills at the National Swimming Championships taking place from August 17-19.
Swimming clinic makes stop in Georgetown (VIN)
A swimming clinic for intermediate-level coaches and officials was organised at Georgetown's local swimming pool, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, from July 23-28, 2012.
Rick Powers (USA) taught a group of 27 locals - coaches, officials and swimmers - the physiology of training, season planning, motivation, parent education, FINA rules, duties of officials, daily workout planning for age group swimmers and how to organise a coach's association.
Swimming Officials school held in Johannesburg (RSA)
The fifth swimming officials school of the FINA programme 2012 was successfully hosted by Swimming South Africa in Johannesburg from July 22-23, 2012. FINA TSC Soren Korbo (DEN) conducted the course, which was attended by 38 participants. Among them, 31 came from various regions of the host federation and seven from four other countries (Zambia, Swaziland, Botswana and Uganda).
The participants actively took part in the theory sessions, asking many questions. Small group discussions were also organised. The pool session was held at the 25m indoor pool at the St. Andrews school. Junior and Age Group swimmers from local clubs as well as coaches and parents were present.
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