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Narrowing the gap in Managua (NCA)

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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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Swimming clinic attracts many in Abidjan (CIV)

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The Fédération Ivoirienne de Natation et de Sauvetage (F.I.N.S.) held a clinic for Swimming Judges, Officials and Referees in Côte d'Ivoire's capital, Abidjan from August 23-26 2011. Swimming expert Thierry Bonnamant from France was welcomed by 44 participants eager to learn the ropes of officiating at national swimming events.

The three-day course was divided in five modules, including the following topics: Swimming Rules, Antidoping Control, Swimsuits Rules, Jury of appeal, etc. On top of this, pool practice and debriefing sessions together with the NF's authorities and federal coach took place.

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Olympic Solidarity's training continues in Guayaquil (ECU)

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ECUAfter a successful stop in Asia, the FINA/IOC Olympic Solidarity Development Programme heads back to the Americas for an advanced-level Technical Course for Swimming Coaches in Guayaquil, Ecuador from August 8-12, 2011.

In all, 30 participants (among which one woman) attended the five-day course led by Cuban expert Ibrahim Rogelio Zaldivar Ochoa, who is affiliated to the Federación Colombiana de Natación as a Technical director for the Liga de Natación de Boyacá and Coach for Selección Colombia.

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Thumbs up for Swimming Coaches clinic in Mombasa (KEN)

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The Kenya Swimming Federation organised a Swimming Coaches (Level 2) clinic from August 3-12, 2011 in Mombasa. 30 enthusiastic participants with various coaching knowledge and from all corners of Kenya took part in the 9-day course given by expert Gerd Nottelmann from Germany.

The course covered all areas of building the swimmer's technique and swimming style. The coaches were also taught how to plan their programme in different stages according to the swimmer's abilities. The course went on to approach the swimmer's physiology and ways of dealing with young and older swimmers. The course was very interactive and fruitful for the coaches who did not hesitate to ask questions and suggest ideas for the whole time. Group discussions also took place with each group presenting their work in front of others. An examination took place at the end of the clinic.

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Olympic Solidarity makes last Asian stop in Malaysia

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The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia benefited from the FINA/IOC Olympic Solidarity Development Programme during a Technical Course for Swimming Coaches (Intermediate level) taking place from June 29 to July 4, 2011 at the National Sports Council in Kuala Lumpur. In all, 26 participants attended the five-day course conducted by Australia's Frank Hohmann, who shared his knowledge and expertise.

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Diving Judges school held in Belgrade (SRB)

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The Serbian Diving Association held a school for Diving Judges in Kosutnjak, Belgrade, from June 28-30, 2011 attended by 22 participants (five local and 17 foreign). TDC Members Anke Piper from Germany and Mathz Lindberg from Sweden were the visiting lecturers to give this FINA Diving Judges Certification Course.

The following topics were discussed: Rules pertaining to The Starting Position, Takeoff, Flight, Entry and all the judging requirements associated therewith. The participants were given the opportunity to test their recently-acquired skills at the European Junior Diving Championships, which were taking place in the Serbian capital from June 6-10.

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Successful Swimming Officials clinic held in Namibia

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A clinic for Swimming Officials (Beginner/Intermediate level) was held at the Windhoek Lions Club/National Swimming Academy, Namibia, from June 22-26, 2011. In all, 12 participants took part, with some having already participated in a clinic for Swimming Officials in 2010. The course therefore served as a refresher for some.

British expert Neil Booth, who has a long experience as a Referee at all competition levels, was onsite to deliver the course. The topics included Roles & Responsibilities of Officials, Strokes and Racing, etc. A Gala was also organised for the participants to practice various poolside roles. With such variety among participants, the level of participation, enthusiasm and commitment turned out to be excellent, notel Booth.

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Kuwaiti Water Polo Coaches learn the ropes

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The Kuwait Swimming Association held a clinic for advanced Water Polo Coaches in Khaldiya from June 1-7, 2011. Mr. Niculae Firoiu from Germany trained 32 participants on various theoretical aspects, such as the Importance of the Goalkeeper for the building of the team (his role in the team, technique, tactic and specific skills). The Water Polo Coaches also improved their knowledge on teaching technique, skills and technique training.

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Water Polo Referees clinic is held in Colombo (SRI)

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A clinic for Water Polo Referees (Beginner level) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from May 27-30, 2011. The course conductor was Antonio Olle Dorca from Spain, President of the Spanish Referees Committee. During the course, 21 participants had the opportunity to get knowledge of water polo rules and the technical aspects of refereeing.

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OWS Coaches take the plunge in Antigua's pristine waters

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Turquoise-blue water for the participantsA clinic for Open Water Swimming Coaches (Beginner level) took place in the turquoise-blue waters of the Antigua island (ANT) from May 18-22, 2011. Visiting American Swimming Coach Rick Powers trained 14 participants for seven sessions (three theory and four practical).

Aspects of the course included Energy systems, How to plan a season using aerobic and anaerobic training, mental training, parents educations, nutrition, open water training and race tactics. 

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