Michael Phelps becomes Youth Olympic Games ambassador
Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps became the first official Ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) on February 22, 2010. The 16-time Olympic medallist will support the Youth Olympic Games by encouraging the involvement of young people around the world.
Michael Phelps said “The Youth Olympic Games is an excellent initiative, not only for the athletes competing, but also those who are inspired to get into sport and be more active. I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to become the first official Ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games, and can’t wait to get working with the YOG team to promote the first event this summer!”
Paraguayan swimming team at 2010 South American Championships
Paraguay's national swimming team has been convened for the South American Championships. As a whole, 18 swimmers will compete at the event to be held on March 25-29, 2010, in Medellin, Colombia.
Swimmers: José Lobo, Raúl Pereira, Ricardo Gregor, Julio Gómez, Genaro Prono, Hugo Riera, Renato Prono, Favio Persano, Carlos Orihuela, Benjamin Hockin, Charles Hockin, Lujan Amarilla, Virginia Baez, Maria Lopez, Silvana Paniagua, Andrea Gregor, Tania Sapoznik, Laura Mongelós.
The athletes are training hard to achieve the best possible results.
Portrait of a Master: Derek Parr (GBR)
Derek Parr is a happy man, who has been able to live his passion for swimming throughout both his sporting and working life, as a Masters swimmer and sports journalist. But the road was long until reaching “excellence”: Derek had to wait until 2009, the year of his 65th birthday, to reach the peak of his career and break his first Masters World record in the 200m butterfly event.
Derek Parr discovered swimming at age seven, but at the time, he would rather play football or cricket at school. When swimming Coach Chris Jay introduced him to dolphin butterfly a few years later, however, Derek was hooked and swimming became his number one sport. In the 1960s, he swam at county and university level.
Brazil’s swimming team up for Latin Cup and Russia’s synchro team visits Rio
Brazil’s national swimming team has been established for the Latin Cup championship: 24 swimmers will gather together to dispute the event on May 20-22, 2010, in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The swimmers are between 15 and 20 years of age. The Brazilian delegation includes the following athletes: Alessandra Marchioro, Ana Marcela Cunha, Bruna Rocha, Eduardo Duarte, Eduardo Spotti, Giuliana Gigliotti, Henrique Martins, Henrique Rodrigues, João de Lucca, Julia Gerotto, Julia Volkmann, Leonardo de Deus, Luana Wunderlich, Lucas Kanieski, Luiza Vieira, Marcelo Chierighini, Marcos Macedo, Mayara Nascimento, Rafael Murad, Raphael Rodrigues, Raphaela Cunha, Sarah Correa, Tathiane Quirino and Victor Rodrigues.
Three FINA personalities in the Rio 2016 Coordination Commission
Three FINA personalities have been appointed in the Coordination Commission for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These are FINA President Julio C. Maglione, former synchronised swimmer and General Secretary of Aruba Swimming Federation Nicole Hoevertsz and former Olympic and World champion Alexander Popov from Russia.The 17 members of the Coordination Commission are IOC members from five continents with wide-ranging Olympic Games experience gained either from work on former IOC Evaluation or Coordination Commissions or with previous Games Organising Committees. The team, chaired by Ms Nawal El Moutawakel from Morocco, will be responsible for assisting the Rio 2016 Organising Committee during the period leading up to the Olympic Games, as well as monitoring the progress of preparations.
Swimming Canada announces new partnership with Intercontinental Hotels Group
Swimming Canada is thrilled to announce that they have signed a new multi-year marketing partnership with the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG). IHG is the largest hotel chain in the world.
“This Partnership will help the swimming community in many ways and we look forward to creating some innovative programs with IHG to further promote the program in the coming months”, commented Swimming Canada CEO Pierre Lafontaine.
Bovell III and John-Williams top athletes in Trinidad & Tobago
World Championship record breaker George Bovell III and Youth Olympic Games qualifier Kimberlee John-Williams won the Swimmer of the Year Male and Female respectively at the Annual Award Ceremony of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) held at Naparima Bowl on January 17, 2010.
New South Wales Institute of Sport launches International Diving Programme
World class divers Melissa Wu and Scott Robertson have joined the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) as part of the newly established diving International Training Programme (ITP), led by NSWIS Diving Programme Head Coach Chava Sobrino, it was recently announced.
Wu, who claimed a silver medal in the women’s synchronised 10m platform at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and Beijing Olympian Robertson relocated from Queensland to join Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham and dual Olympian Alexandra Croak at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Japan rewards its top athletes and swimmers get ready for FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
The 44th TV Asahi Big Sports Award 2009 was held on January 15, 2010, at the Tokyo Prince Hotel in Japan and rewarded not only swimmers but also a wide range of athletes coming from baseball, golf, sumo, soccer, athletics, and others.
Birth and staleness force Aussie Sharks captain Whalan to have year-long break
Aussie Sharks men’s water polo captain Thomas Whalan is taking a year away from international competition. He and former international swim star wife Elka (nee Graham) are expecting their first baby and the 264-game veteran for the Sharks told his team-mates by email that his focus and motivation since the Rome FINA World Championships last July has not been 100 per cent.
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