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Meet Mexican women's WP coach Gabriel Martinez

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Gabriel MartinezIf ever there was a man of passion and commitment, it has to be Mexican women’s coach Gabriel Martinez. The fervour with which he coached his team at the Universiade in Shenzhen, China in August had to be seen, to be believed. His jumping up and down on the pool deck was his way of saying: “Go get ‘em, girls.”

Gabriel has been the head women's coach at Commerce Aquatics since 1997. At Commerce he has 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under, 18 & under and 20 & under teams. At the recent United States Championships his 12 & under team finished third, the 14s finished first, the 16s third, and the 18s finished 11th. Most of his 20 & under girls are on the Mexican team.

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End of a busy summer in Japan

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JPNThe 2011 summer of the Japan Swimming has just ended. This summer was busy as usual. After the FINA World Championships held in Shanghai, China at the end of July, the Japan Swimming Federation had more than 10 competitions in August and September including the senior high school and the junior high school championships, JOC Olympic Cup, the Inter Collegiate Championships ,the National Sports Festival and more. Also the Federation sent the team of Japan to the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships held in Peru and to the Universiade Games held in China.

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WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 7: Spain on the top of the world

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Spain new Junior Champions - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 17) - For the first time Spain won the crown of a major women water polo tournament as their team was triumphed in Trieste at the World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships.

They played with patience and discipline and waited for their moment which came in the fourth quarter in the final when the exhausted Hungarians couldn’t keep up the pace any more. Australia came third beating the other “marathon-team”, Russia, while the home side, Italy clinched the fifth position.

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WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 6: Hungary meets Spain in the final

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HUN - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 16) - Another fantastic day in Trieste, at the World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships. The two semifinals brought tremendous excitement and an amazing performance of determination and will from the players of the four teams targeting the gold medal.

Hungary managed to gain a second successive over-time win, this time against the Russians, while the Spanish team came from behind again to beat the Australians.

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2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention

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Following a highly successful inaugural Convention in Punta Del Este, Uruguay in 2010, FINA is pleased to announce the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention to be held in Moscow (Russia) on 30th October – 1st November 2012.

The FINA World Aquatics Convention is a unique and exclusive opportunity for the global aquatics community to come together to help move the sport forward. Created and owned by FINA, and with the presence of leading representatives of its 202 FINA National Member Federations, the event guarantees the presence of those responsible for shaping the world of Aquatics.

Taking place every 2 years, the event presents an exceptional opportunity for organisations operating in the international aquatics business community to come together to network, develop new business opportunities and share the knowledge that will contribute to the growth and development of Aquatics sport worldwide. It is at the same time a perfect meeting place for organising and bidding committees for the major sports events in the world of Aquatics to promote their bids and events.

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WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 5: Series of thrillers, three games went to extra-time

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CHN - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 15) - Day five produced the water polo we love: all but two games were decided only in the dying minutes of the fourth quarters and three of the day’s contests went to extra-time (and one was decided in a penalty-shootout).

Hungary, Spain and Russia all came from behind, working hard to overcome two-three-goal deficits to reach the semifinals, while the Australians had an easier ride against the young Greek team.

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WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 4: Italy back to life, reaching the quarters

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ITA team - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 14) - No upset on Day Four in Trieste, at the World Junior Women’s Championships – all teams holding a stronger chance reached the quarterfinals, including the USA, the Netherlands and Australia.

The day’s only balanced contest saw Italy coming up with a strong performance leaving no chance for the Canadians and deciding the game virtually by half-time.

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WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 3: Hungary, Russia, Greece and Spain in the quarters

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HUN player - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 13) - Hungary, Russia, Greece and Spain clinched the top spots of their respective groups and qualified directly to the quarterfinals at the FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships, taking place in Trieste (ITA) until September 17, 2011.

Australia, the Netherlands and the US had a strong chance to reach the best eight while Italy and Canada face each other in a mouth-watering clash on Wednesday.

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WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 2: Ten teams already qualified

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Spanish player - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 12) - Though ten teams are through after the second round, the great excitements are still ahead even at this stage in Trieste, at the 9th FINA World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships.

None of the group-winners have been determined: in Group A and Group B the goal-differences of the last round games will be interesting as the group-leaders had ties in their games against each other (on the opening day). Group C and D will see a battle for the top spot on Day 3. Still, Australia, Hungary, China, Russia, Netherlands, Uzbekistan, USA, Greece, Spain and Canada booked their places in the knock-out phase.

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WP Juniors 2011 (W), Day 1: Team USA froze the hosts

FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships

USA team kicks off game against ITA - credit: mc59.comTRIESTE, Italy (September 11) - With the pool-side parade of the 16 teams, the 9th edition of FINA’s World Junior Women’s Water Polo Championships was launched in the city of Trieste, Italy. After the warm words from the host nations‘ representatives Prof. Franco del Campo (Director of the Municipality of Trieste), Sergio Rinaldi (FIN, Italian Swimming Federation) and Enrico Samer (Chairman of the Organising Committee), FINA Bureau Member Dimitris Diathesopoulos welcomed the participants on behalf of FINA and of FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione.

“Italy has a very rich history in water polo, just a few weeks ago they became World Champions in Shanghai among the men,” Mr. Diathesopoulos said. “So it is a big honour for us, the water polo family, that Italy once again offers its hospitality for such a great event. During this week we will see the future of women’s worldwide water polo as we have teams from sixteen countries from five continents”. He added: “Italy has great organising experience, Trieste has excellent facilities and all these assure the success of this World Championships”. Mr. Diathesopoulos thanked to the Italian Swimming Federation (FIN), the Municipality and the City of Trieste, the members of the Organising Committee and the volunteers the great efforts they already put into hosting this event and wished good luck for the teams and the officials.

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