Synchro Judge school held in Budapest (HUN)
A successful school for aspiring synchronised swimming judges was held in Budapest, Hungary from October 25-30, 2011. In all, 36 local and nine foreign participants attended the course which was given by FINA Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee Member Jennifer Gray from Great Britain.
Swimming Officials clinic as a refresher prior Dubai World Cup
A FINA Swimming Officials Development clinic was organised in Dubai (UAE) from October 4-5, 2011 prior the inaugural leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup to kick off on October 7. FINA Technical Swimming Committee Bill Hogan from Canada was onsite to instruct no less than 40 local swimming judges, officials and referees, whose level ranked intermediate to advanced.
Half of the attendees would officiate at the Dubai World Cup later the same week. On day 1, topics such as Competitive Strokes, Relays, Officials’ Decision Making, The Race, Disqualifications and Protests were discussed. On day 2, the participants learned about Duties of Officials and studied a Presentation of the FINA Stroke Video. At the end of the day, an examination took place.
Water Polo Referees attend school in Loughborough (GBR)
British Swimming hosted a FINA Water Polo School for Referees at SportPark Loughborough University from September 30th to October 2nd, 2011. Gianni Lonzi (ITA) and Niculae Firoiu (GER), respectively Chairman and Member of the FINA Technical Water Polo Committee, shared their knowledge and expertise with 19 referees (14 were local, three from Portugal, one from Japan and one from Ireland). Some coaches and delegates attended as well.
"During the three days we had the opportunity to discuss about all the aspects of the right application of the FINA rules and pointed out the importance of the Center/Centerback play and also the specific of simulations, provocations and pressing during the game," Gianni Lonzi explained.
Enhancing Swimming Officials' expertise in Latin America
The Federacion Panamena de Natacion organised a clinic for Swimming Judges and Officials (Beginner and Intermediate levels) from September 26th to October 1st in the capital city of Panama. In all, 18 local and six foreign participants (coming from El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Puerto Rico) attended the course led by expert Jose Ismael Gonzalez from Guatemala.
Promising Swimming Coaches clinic held in Kingston (VIN)
A clinic for Swimming Coaches (beginner level) was held in Kingston, St. Vincent and the Grenadines from September 19-24, 2011 attended by eight coaches and 12 swimmers who were on-hand for practical sessions. American expert Rick Powers praised the participants who were "highly motivated and did extremely well."
45 Nepalese Coaches enjoy Swimming clinic
The Nepal Swimming Association organised a Swimming Coaches clinic (intermediate level) in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 18-22, 2011. 45 enthusiastic participants took part in the course conducted by S. Pradeep Kumar, India's National Coach and Head Coach of BAC, Bangalore. The clinic was given in both English and Hindi.
Swimming Coaches clinic leads to happy reunion (LAO)
Diving Judges school is a success in Medellin (COL)
A FINA Diving Judges Certification Course was successfully held in Medellin, Colombia from September 7-9, 2011. FINA TDC Events Sub-Committee Members Frans Van De Konijenburg (NED) and Mathz Lindberg (SWE) conducted the advanced-level school which was attended by 35 participants from 11 different countries! If more than a third were locals, the rest of the group comprised judges from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, USA and Venezuela. As a result, both English and Spanish were used during the three-day school.
"We may consider the outcome [of this school] as one of the most successful in terms of numbers and results. All students were extremely motivated and eager to do well," the lecturers happily noted.
OWS Judges get started in Puerto Rico
A clinic for Open water swimming Judges (beginner level) was organised for the first time in two different cities, San Juan and Ponce, from August 28 to September 4, 2011. 36 participants (21 from San Juan and 15 from Ponce) learned the basics from expert Tomas Haces German, Member of FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee.
The course's topics were: Introduction to Open Water events, Rules (study and analysis), Organisation and Security in Open water events, Responsibilities and Ethics of Judges in Open water events. "Puerto Rico has big possibilities to develop Open Water Swimming. After the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships were held in the country, a keen interest developed for athletes, coaches and judges in the discipline," rejoiced Haces.
Narrowing the gap in Managua (NCA)
The "Complejo Militar Barracudas" in the city of Managua, Nicaragua, welcomed 22 Swimming Judges (intermediate level) for a clinic from August 26-31, 2011. Onsite expert Jose Ismael Gonzales from Guatemala, TSC Events Sub-Committee Member, shared his valuable knowledge with a group of both experienced and beginner-level judges. "All of them were very keen to learn and willing to participate," he recalled.
The course included topics such as FINA structure and history, Swimming Rules, Facilities, etc. "It is necessary to continue supporting this country with clinics to improve their level so that they can reach the same level than other developed countries", noted Gonzales.
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