DWS 2014 - Beijing Day 1 Preview

Diving World Series

The eighth season of the FINA/NVC Diving World Series will start on Friday, 14 March, as Beijing's Water Cube venue will welcome the world's best divers. For the second year in a row, the Series will consist of six meetings with Dubai (20-22 March), London (25-27 April), Moscow (2-4 May), Windsor (30 May-1 June) and Monterrey (6-8 June) also appointed hosts. Beijing also hosted the season opener last season and joins Sheffield as the only venues to have hosted four World Series meetings. Later this season, Moscow will also host its fourth meeting.

China has been the dominant force at the Diving World Series, winning 186 out of a possible 216 events that have been staged since the competition was launched in 2007. Mexico is next on 12 gold medals at the World Series. The most successful individual is Chen Ruolin (CHN), who has pocketed 36 gold medals. She leads the list from He Zi (CHN, 33 gold medals) and Qin Kai (CHN, 32). China have won 54 of a possible 56 gold medals in World Series meeting held in China.

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Big changes for Diving Australia

Federations News

Diving Australia’s quest for Rio 2016 glory has received a huge boost, with the recruitment of a world-class international coach and a major expansion of the sport’s High Performance programme.

As well as its traditional base in Brisbane, Diving Australia is to establish ‘Performance Pillars’ in Sydney and Adelaide, with the Adelaide programme to be run by highly regarded current Canadian national head coach, Michel Larouche.

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YOG DV Qual Event, Day 2: Olympic hopefuls leave strong impression

Youth Olympic Games

The future of diving bodes well. That's what demonstrated the young talents, and stars of tomorrow, who took part in the FINA Diving Qualifying Event for the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games 2014, held in Guadalajara (MEX) from March 1-2.

Mexico grabbed another gold, thanks to 2013 Pan American Junior champions Dolores Hernandez in the women's 3m springboard and Andres Villarreal in the men's 10m platform.

Thousands of spectators filled the stands of the Guadalajara Pan American Aquatics Complex for the two-day event, to applaud the performances of local hopes and rising talents from 21 countries.

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YOG DV Qual Event, Day 1: China and Mexico dominate in Guadalajara

Youth Olympic Games

The fresh faces of diving gathered in Guadalajara (MEX) for the FINA Diving Qualifying Event for the Youth Olympic Games, which will be organised in Nanjing (CHN) from August 16-28, 2014, revealing to the world diving's next generation of stars.

Diving powerhouses China and Mexico dominated the first day of competition, where the competitors showed their talent to earn a spot for their respective country at the upcoming Nanjing YOG but also leaving an impression for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Guadalajara.

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WP World Conference, Day 2: "Don't be afraid to change!"

World Water Polo Conference

FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu found the right words to wrap-up the two-day FINA World Water Polo Conference, which concluded in Cancun (MEX) on February 28, 2014. “We must move with the time. Time is changing, so water polo has also to evolve. We must transform this discipline into a memorable entertaining and social event.”

The two-day gathering drew the following conclusion: evaluate the status of water polo in the international sport market, look at what others are doing in fundamental areas such as marketing, communication and promotion, and propose new strategies for the oldest Olympic team sport. “The rules of the game are perhaps the easiest part of the equation. We have to create synergies at all levels, and most importantly, we must not be afraid of change”, continued FINA’s Executive Director. “We have a great game, with fantastic players, so let’s keep the expectations high!”

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WP World Conference, day 1: Fan satisfaction is no.1

World Water Polo Conference

The FINA World Water Polo Conference had its first day in Cancun (MEX) on February 27 and was highlighted by the vision and analysis of representatives from major professional leagues, newly successful sports, but also from the sponsor’s point of view, and equally important, from some stars of this spectacular team sport.

Throughout the day, one main message emerged to the delegates present in Mexico: to target high, water polo should be much more than a game; it should represent a unique experience for fans, and create a memorable opportunity to attract new spectators and supporters. Many ideas were presented on this matter, but one conclusion was evident: fans’ satisfaction is the number one priority. Promotion, entertainment, global show, heroes, social media, drama and emotion were some of the key concepts that were retained. The Conference will conclude on February 28.  

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Canadian Masters swimmer Jaring Timmerman of Winnipeg sets WR's


In January Canadian Masters swimmer Jaring Timmerman of Winnipeg took what you might regard as the second biggest splash of his lifetime.

Although he's an expert swimmer today, and one of the world's oldest, Timmerman recalls when he almost drowned as a child living in the Netherlands.

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Kazan 2015: everything on good track!

Kazan 2015

A FINA delegation, led by its Executive Director Cornel Marculescu was on February 1-2, 2014 in Kazan (RUS) to discuss with local Organisers the status of preparation of the 16th FINA World Championships taking place from July 24 to August 9, 2015 in the capital of Tatarstan.

During the two-day meeting, all the most relevant aspects related to the organisation of FINA’s major event were reviewed, and included: competition schedule, venues, accommodation, transportation plan, visa procedures, marketing strategy, media and communication operations, accreditation, Host Broadcaster, ticketing, volunteers, security, Opening and Closing ceremonies, technology, social programme, and medical services.

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FINA debates Aquatics nutrition in London


FINA/YAKULT Nutrition Consensus Meeting in Aquatic SportsFINA gathered the best worldwide experts in sport nutrition for a three-day meeting in London (GBR), where a FINA Consensus Statement on Nutrition in the Aquatic Sports was established.

With the active support of Yakult, FINA Official Partner, 23 of the most well-known specialists in this area discussed from December 13-15, 2013 in the British capital the challenges and strategies concerning the nutritional aspects of the FINA athletes in the five disciplines – Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Synchronised Swimming and Open Water Swimming.

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Mexico 2013, Day 3: Mexico, place of joy again for Chinese team

Synchro World Trophy

December 1, 2013 MEXICO CITY - The Chinese team obtained their second crown at the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy, winning in convincing fashion three out of the four events at stake, on December 1, 2013 in Mexico City (MEX).

China ranked first with a total 379.8340 points, Ukraine captured the silver with 375.6680 while Spain secured the bronze with an overall score of 373.8330.

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