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Bright future in sight for Swimming in Bahrain
The Bahrain Swimming Association in collaboration with FINA organised a Swimming clinic for Coaches and Officials (Beginner/Intermediate) from February 27 to March 10, 2011, in Isa Town (BRN). The two-week clinic was divided in two courses: 15 coaches took part in the first week and 16 officials attended the second week.
The clinic was facilitated by Mr. Nottelmann from Germany, who noted in his report: "All participants were very engaged and interested; we had a successful time together."
Three-in-one clinic attracts many in Lima (PER)
Three consecutive clinics for Open Water, Synchro and Swimming Judges took place in Lima (PER) from March 11-13, 14-19 and March 18-23, 2011, respectively.
Open water swimming expert Jorge Delgado Panchana from the Federación Ecuatoriana de Natación trained a group of 33 beginner-level participants, including Coaches, Judges, Officials and Referees. He talked about the specific training that applies to open water swimmers, FINA OWS Rules & Regulations and event organisation, among other topics.
Spanish expert Hortensia Graupera welcomed 31 Judges and Officials for the synchro clinic (Intermediate/Advanced) at the Piscina Campo de Marte while Jose Ismael Gonzalez from Guatemala, Member of FINA Technical Swimming Committee, UANA, CCCAN, provided a swimming skills upgrade to no less than 67 intermediate-level Judges.
Water Polo Referees know the game in Lima (PER)
The second school for Water Polo Referees of the year was facilitated by FINA Bureau Member Eugenio Martinez from Cuba, taking place in Lima, Peru from March 11-13, 2011. 34 participants (25 local and nine from surrounding countries) enthusiastically attended the three-day school. Mr. Martinez has notably officiated as a Referee at six summer editions of Olympic Games and three as a FINA Technical Water Polo Committee Member.
Coaches clinic builds a legacy for Swimming in Benin
Michel Pedroletti, national technical consultant at the Férération Française de Natation, trained more than 15 advanced-level Swimming Coaches in Cotonou (BEN) from March 7-18, 2011. The French expert noted that all participants were very attentive, interested and motivated during the 12-day clinic. The development of Swimming in the region even generated interest from the local radio show "Sport et Musique", which invited the class for an hour live participation.
The topics discussed during the clinic were the role of the coach, basic stroke techniques and swimming training, starts and turns, motivation, management and communication skills inherent to a coach, training planning, just to name a few.
Olympic Solidarity trains Swimming Coaches in Harare (ZIM)
After a successful kick-off in Belgrade (SRB), the FINA/IOC Olympic Solidarity Development Programme heads to Africa for a stop in Harare, Zimbabwe. A Technical Course for Coaches, Swimming (Beginner/Intermediate), took place at the Prince Edward School, from February 27 to March 8. Britain's Joshua Neuloh was the expert onsite and provided valuable knowledge to no less than 50 local participants (among which 31 beginners and 19 intermediate). The great interest and motivation showed by all during the 10-day course is an encouraging sign to further develop Swimming in all possible ways in the country.
Water Polo Referees upgrade skills in Sao Paulo (BRA)
The first FINA Water Polo School for Referees of the year, was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from February 18-20.
FINA Technical Water Polo Committee (TWPC) Chairman Gianni Lonzi was the assigned expert for the course. TWPC Member Jorge R. Pagura, Secretary of Sport for the state of Sao Paulo, welcomed all 18 participating referees in the name of the President of the Brazilian Swimming Federation, Mr. Coaracy Nunes Filho, also FINA Bureau Member. International water polo referee Mr. Cabral was there to translate into Brazilian.
2011 Olympic Solidarity Programme gets started in Belgrade (SRB)
The 2011 FINA/IOC Olympic Solidarity Development Programme kicks off in Europe with a first stop at the Serbian Institute of Sport in Belgrade, Serbia, where a Technical Course for Synchronised Swimming Coaches (Intermediate level) was held from February 15-22.
30 motivated participants gathered to get expertise from Jennifer Gray, the principal Lecturer and Field Chair for Sport and Coaching Studies at Oxford Brookes University, England.
All participants took a technical and theoretical exam at the end of the course.
FINA Swimming Officials schools inaugurated in the Bahamas
The FINA Bureau decided in 2010 to establish Swimming Officials Schools as recommended by the FINA TSC. Contrary to the FINA Swimming Officials Seminar, the Schools programme is a basic programme from which Federations should build up educational programmes for each duty of the officials for the development of officiating within their own Federation.
For 2011 the FINA Bureau has approved to start with five Schools – one in each of the Continental Organisations.
What it takes to be a good Diving Judge (GBR)
The first FINA Diving Judges Certification Course of the year attracted 17 participants at the Southend Swimming and Diving Center, Essex (GBR), from January 28-30. FINA Technical Diving Committee Members Anke Piper, from Germany, and Frans v.d. Konijnenburg, from the Netherlands, gave the course, which included the following elements: requirements for good judging, duties of the referee, judging the dive and synchro diving, summary of the penalties. At the end of the course, a test and briefing took place.
FINA Development programme 2011 kicks off in Kampala (UGA)
Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) in collaboration with FINA under its development programme 2011, held a swimming coaches (level 2) intermediate clinic from January 24 to February 3 in Kampala, Uganda.
The clinic’s primary focus was on building capacity of coaches in Uganda. The objectives of the clinic were to (1) to develop high caliber swimming coaches in Uganda (2) to build on the previously held FINA swimming level 1 clinic in 2010. USF is of the firm view that these objectives were fully met.
The clinic was facilitated by Mr. Gerd Nottelmann of Germany and was attended by 18 participants (all male) drawn from clubs registered with USF. The sessions were highly interactive. The participants acknowledged that they found the clinic rewarding.
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