Open water swimming Officials take the plunge in Eilat (ISR)
A FINA school for open water swimming officials was organised in Eilat (ISR) from March 29-30, 2012. Open water swimming expert Samuel Greetham from Great Britain shared his valuable experience with the 23 participants. Apart from local participants, some were from Turkey and Malta.
The course focussed on the origins of open water swimming, FINA structure and rules, duties and roles of officials, timekeeping, race rules, risk management, etc. Practical sessions were held during the National Championships. At the end of the course, Greetham said: "Candidates were of a very high calibre."
Two Water polo Referee schools held in North America
The first FINA water polo school for referees was organised in Thousand Oaks, South California (USA) from March 23-25, 2012. TWPC Chairman Gianni Lonzi (ITA) and TWPC member Niculae Firoiu (GRE) led the course, which was attended by 29 participants. Among them, 23 American, two participants from Georgia, one from Uzbekistan, one from Costa Rica and one from Trinidad and Tobago.
A few days later, the lecturers made a stop in Edmonton, Alberta (CAN) for a second water polo school, held from March 28-30, 2012. 12 participants - 10 locals, one participant from Venezuela and one from Hong Kong - enthusiastically took part in the course, during which a new theme was discussed: "Psychological preparation of the referee".
Swimming Officials school held in San Juan (PUR)
A school for swimming officials took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from March 23-24, 2012. 18 local participants took part in the course, which was conducted by FINA TSC Chairman Carol Zaleski and TSC member Errol Clarke (BAR).
Excellent instruction at Diving Officials certification course in Beijing (CHN)
2012's first FINA certification course for diving officials (intermediate level) was held at Beijing's iconic "Water Cube" from March 22-24. The course was scheduled to take place on the fringe of the FINA Diving World Series Beijing leg and was conducted by FINA TDC members Anke Piper (GER) and Ann Sissons (NZL) with 25 participants from 5 different countries.
Synchro judges upgrade skills in Sydney (AUS)
Sydney, in Australia, welcomed 15 participants for a FINA synchronised swimming judge school, organised from 17-20 March, 2012 with FINA Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee member Sue Edwards from New Zealand as lecturer.
Synchro school delights judges in Athens (GRE)
A FINA school for synchronised swimming Judges was organised in Athens, Greece from March 14-18, 2012 attended by 24 participants (10 locals and 14 foreign). FINA TSSC Member Jennifer Gray from Great Britain conducted the school, which included in-depth discussions and interactive sessions.
Swimming Officials on right track in El Salvador
A swimming officials clinic (intermediate level) was organised in San Salvador, El Salvador, from March 13-19, 2012 with 35 participants, most locals and seven coming from Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua and Colombia.
Jose I. Gonzalez Arias from Guatemela, FINA TSC Member, was on site to conduct the course and share his valuable expertise.
Successful diving clinic held in Belem (BRA)
A successful FINA Development diving clinic was held in Belem, Brasil from 13-17 March, 2012 with 30 participants. Among them, 7 coaches, 17 judges, two officials, three students and one athlete took part in the course (intermediate to advanced level) conducted by Rolando Ruiz Pedreguera. 23 of them were locals and 7 from outside the country.
One step further for Aquatics in Rwanda
In collaboration with FINA (under its Development programme 2012), the Rwanda swimming federation (FRNA) organised a ten-day clinic from March 10-19 called "Technical course for coaches level one" in Kigali, Rwanda. There were 34 participants, all Rwandans except one trainee from Kenya. The course also welcomed athletes as observers in oorder to increase their skills on officiating issues.
This course was facilitated by German expert Gerd Nottelmann. The sessions were highly interactive and Nottelmann's knowledge and excellent teaching methods were much appreciated. The ten-day clinic was a great success, with all participants showing enthusiasm and willingness to learn. All acknowledged that they found the clinic rewarding.
Open water swimming boosted in West Africa
The Fédération Sénégalaise de Natation et de Sauvetage organised a FINA school for open water swimming Officials in Dakar from March 7-8, 2012. FINA TOWSC Member Zouheir El Moufti from Morocco shared his knowledge and expertise with 30 participants coming from various parts of West Africa: Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria, Guinea, Benin, Cap Vert and Mali. The school programme included eight training sessions with a test at the end. Theory sessions addressed the following topics: origins of open water swimming, roles and duties of Officials, timekeeping, race rules, risk and competition management.
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