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FINA Athletes of the Year 2014 unveiled in Doha

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

Huang XuechenThe FINA Athletes of the Year 2014 were unveiled on December 1, 2014 in Doha (QAT) in a memorable Gala “Soirée des Etoiles” (Evening of the Stars), held after a successful two-day FINA World Aquatics Convention and FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic.

Less than two days before the start of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) also being held in the Qatari capital from December 3-7, the Aquatics Family paid a sincere tribute to its great stars in the six aquatic disciplines.


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Day 2, Aquatics Convention Doha 2014: Combining elite and development programmes

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

FINA_presidentThe morning opened with a panel titled “Swimming for All, Swimming for Life Programme: adding social responsibility to FINA activities”. FINA President Dr. Julio Maglione, also Honorary President of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport of UNESCO, delivered the introductory speech.

After reminding  the audience that thanks to the efforts of the Athletes, the Coaches, the Officials, the National Federations and FINA itself, for the first time is in the Tier A of the IOC, he said: “Every year in the world 372,000 persons drown. Water is fatal especially to children in the poor countries. For this reason, we have developed the programme “Swim for All, Swim for Life”.

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Day 2, Golden Clinic Doha 2014: Bringing progress to swimming training

Gold Medal Clinic

Wouda

Day two of the FINA Swimming Coaches’ Golden Clinic proved another informative time for the more than 200 coaches from all around the globe in Doha today. The span of speakers during the clinic proved beneficial for all coaches, from specific training sessions for elite athletes, general training for national teams, managing programmes, nutrition, strength and conditioning and injury prevention.

Marcel Wouda, the Netherlands’ national team coach, opened the final day’s proceedings with his presentation “Application of Science and Innovation in Day-To-Day Practice”. Wouda, a former world swimming champion and record holder, used the example of world-record relay swimmer Femke Heemskerk and the 200m freestyle with emphasis on balanced splits.

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Manson makes it his business to keep the sharks at bay

Young Reporters Programme

Manson

World records were slaughtered and the high-tech 'shark skin' swimsuits were the new and controversial hot topic; the sport's credibility was at stake. Then, five years ago, the suits were banned and the FINA swimwear approval commission was set up.

"With our work today we will not be caught unprepared again," commission chairman Jan-Anders Manson told AIPS during the FINA World Aquatics Convention in Doha. The world of swimming was witness to steady record-setting before the 'shark skin' suits. But shortly after their introduction world records were being smashed by swimmers in new super costumes.

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Day 1, Aquatics Convention Doha 2014: Maximising FINA’s thrilling experience

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

convention_dohaThe first, intense, day of the Aquatics Conference, within the frame of the FINA World Aquatics Convention, started with the introductive speech by Cornel Marculescu. After explaining the meaning of the Convention and the goals that FINA wishes to achieve through it, the FINA Executive Director spoke of the absolute need to harmonize the World Calendar for the various disciplines and solicited the utmost co-operation from the National Federations in order to achieve such an important goal. He then presented the FINA Calendar for the years 2015-2017, highlighting the co-operation received from the Continental Associations and the Technical Committees to achieve an outcome that “has no overlaps and ensures an optimal organization of our major events”.

Then several topics were tackled, most with audiovisual support.

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Uganda coach says taking part really is what matters the most

Young Reporters Programme

Africa_federation

Uganda swimming’s head coach visited Doha for only two days but Muzafaru Muwanguzi was confident his trip would help African competitors improve their skills. The head of Uganda’s junior and national teams said he drew one main message from the event. He said: “I realised one of the biggest problems with African swimming was the lack of competitions. Good performance comes from great exposure at competitions but competitions, of course, are very costly. They require you to travel and so on.” 

FINA covered the costs of Uganda’s athlete visit to Doha but Muwanguzi acknowledged that such largesse was not always available. “Africa doesn’t get much exposure, because of the budget,” he said. “It’s quite challenging. You can train and train but if you only compete once a year it’s working against you. Competitions are part of training.” 


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Day 1, Golden Clinic Doha 2014: Sharing excellence

Gold Medal Clinic

Presentation_dininoThe two-day FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic opened in Doha, Qatar today with a highlight presentation from South African head coach Graham Hill. More than 200 coaches listened intently as some of the world’s leading coaches expounded their theories and unveiled their techniques and training programmes.

The enthralled audience heard Hill deal with pre-season planning and how he manages his superstar swimmer Chad Le Clos (RSA). Hill said that Le Clos thrived on heavy training in competition while some of his other charges, including distance swimmer Miles Brown (RSA), followed different programmes and had different demands.

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Haiti's new arrivals in race against time after visa trouble

Young Reporters Programme

Convention_finaLess than seven months after being affiliated to FINA, Haitian swimmers may miss their first world event after a visa hitch back home.

The quintet were left treading water and with only the hope that a Monday promise from the United States embassy in Port-au-Prince would allow them to race to Doha for their FINA debut. Evenel Mervilus, president of the Association Haïtienne de Natation et de Sauvetage (ASHANASA), said he hoped his team would make it even though, by their arrival, competition will already be under way.

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Myrtha pool magic opens up new sporting worlds

Young Reporters Programme

MyrthaThe surreal concept of sitting at a tennis court to watch a swimming competition has been turned into reality at the FINA World Swimming Championships. FINA partner Myrtha Pools launched it at the second championships in Rio de Janeiro in 1995 by installing two 25m temporary pools on Copacabana beach.

Two more pools 'landed' on the tennis courts in Rome at the 2009 World Championships and a further two in the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai in 2011. New materials with new and unique properties developed by Myrtha for its temporary pools make it all possible.

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3rd FINA World Aquatics Convention kicks-off in Doha (QAT)

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

ConventionThe third edition of the FINA World Aquatics Convention was officially opened in Doha (QAT), on November 29, 2014, with the welcome speeches of FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione and the Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee, Sheik Saoud Al-Thani.

During three days, delegates from the FINA National Federations will have a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge about many strategic areas for the development of Aquatics in the five continents – administration, marketing, sponsoring, media, bidding and organisation of events. Running in parallel with the Conference programme – including prestigious lecturers -, an exhibition hall, displaying booths of commercial partners associated to the FINA world, is installed outside the Convention in the Ritz-Carlton of the Qatari capital.

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