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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FINA World Water Polo Conference

World Water Polo Conference

Under the motto “Sharing the Magic of Team Sports”, FINA, in co-operation with the Mexican Swimming Federation, will organise on February 27-28, 2014 in Cancun (MEX) the FINA World Water Polo Conference.

This will be a unique opportunity for FINA’s Water Polo family to hear from established team sports, newly popular sports, and representatives from the Water Polo family about the new and innovative ideas they have used to ensure continued success.

The conference will provide dedicated leaders within Water Polo with an exciting platform where FINA delegates will meet international experts, drawing on their real-world learnings and giving practical tips to gain new insights and inspire visionary thinking that can be used in the future.

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Mexico 2013, Day 2: Russia-Spain-Ukraine take top spot in Highlight routine

Synchro World Trophy

November 30, 2013 MEXICO CITY - Day 2 of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy in Mexico City brought its lot of surprises with the teams of Russia, Spain and Ukraine tying for first place in the Synchro Highlight Routine, with a total 94.6670 points. Team China finished at the podium's door with 94.330 but bounced back to take out the Free Team, scoring an overall 95.5000, besting Ukraine and Spain, second and third, respectively.

The audience was delighted with the routines of the eight teams entered in the Synchro Highlight Routine, where all showed talent, strength and dynamism. Stories were told with original accessories: a dance of fire and mystery by Spain, pyramids and Pharaohs by Egypt, a circus celebrations with balloons and red noses by Mexico, birds and feathers by China and giant scarves by Russia, to name a few.

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Mexico 2013, Day 1: Blasting creativity, China wins Thematic duet

Synchro World Trophy

November 29, 2013 MEXICO CITY - Tremendous creativity was on display in the Thematic duet, the first event of the 8th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Trophy, organised from November 29 to December 1, 2013 at Mexico state's Aquatic Complex "Joaquín Capilla".

The ten participating countries - China, Spain , Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, USA, Italy , Egypt, Greece and host Mexico - delighted the audience with their routines reflecting their own country's culture.

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SWC 2013, Beijing Day 2: Hosszu, Le Clos win FINA World Cup

Swimming World Cup

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Chad Le Clos (RSA), 2013 overall winnersBig smiles and countless gold medals, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Chad Le Clos of South Africa became clinch the World Cup title for the second time, finishing on a high note at Beijing's last stop of the eight-meet circuit on November 14, 2013.

As the busiest swimmer of all, double World champion Hosszu seemed rusty in all her five finals on Thursday evening with no gold medal, claiming respectable silvers and bronzes instead.

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