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FINA World Aquatics Convention continues in Moscow

FINA Family

October 31, 2012 MOSCOW - Day 2 started with two streams of presentations, addressing a wide range of topics: the media and aquatics, latest developments in pool design, new ideas for the five FINA sports, upcoming courses for athletes, coaches and administrators, benefits for host cities and organising committees to stage FINA events.  

The newly launched, three-day event is becoming a focal point for the entire Aquatics community - the FINA Family, National Federations, partners, manufacturers, athletes and coaches, bidders and organisers of FINA events, media etc. - to exchange ideas and find new ways to develop the Sport worldwide. Some shared their thoughts on the Convention:

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Myrtha Pools to build two pools for Barcelona 2013 at Palau Sant Jordi

BCN2013 - General

Signing of the agreement with the Italian company in Moscow. The competition pool will be 3 meters deep due to synchronized swimming. The construction of the training pool will begin on 1 JuneThe Italian company Myrtha Pools, with over 50 years of experience in the business, will be responsible for building and implementing two removable pools at the Palau Sant Jordi for the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013. Members of the BCN2013 Organizing Committee have signed an agreement with the renowned company during the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention in Moscow. Directors of the company based in Castiglione delle Stiviere previously visited the Barcelona 2013 headquarters to convince event organizers of closing the deal.

Roberto Colletto, CEO of Myrtha Pools, and Fernando Carpena, president of the Barcelona 2013 Executive Committee, have signed the contract at the stand of the Italian company in the Hotel Crown Plaza.

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2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention opens magnificently

Gold Medal Clinic

Dr. Julio MaglioneOctober 30, 2012 MOSCOW - The 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention opened in Moscow, Russia. This new FINA event, organised in a non-competition environment and the only of this calibre on the international aquatics calendar, offers a unique opportunity for the Aquatics community - the FINA Family, National Federations, partners, manufacturers, athletes and coaches, bidders and organisers of FINA events, media etc. - to work together to make FINA's sports bigger.  

Earlier in the day, the 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic concluded successfully, with a second set of presentations made by successful coaches who shared their winning strategies with fellow coaches from all continents: Dirk Lange (GER), coach of Cameron van der Burgh, Olympic champion in the men's 100m breastroke, who was followed by Ferenc Kovacshegyi from Hungary, coach of Eva Risztov, gold medallist in the women's 10km marathon race at the London Games. American Yuri Sugiyama, who coached Katie Ledecky to Olympic success in the women's 800m freestyle, concluded the morning session. In the afternnon, Frank Busch, USA Swimming's National Team Director and Member of the FINA Coaches Commission, closed the clinic.

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World-class swimming coaches share experience at 1st FINA Gold Medal clinic

Gold Medal Clinic

Matthew BrownOctober 29, 2012 MOSCOW - The 1st FINA Gold Medal Swimming Coaches Clinic opened in Moscow, Russia with 200 swimming coaches representing more than a hundred National Federations. For two days, each top-level coach to present at the clinic will speak about his own experience and the specific coaching of an Olympic champion from the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Today, following FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione’s official opening and welcome message, six coaches took up the stage to share their personal vision of coaching, training philosophy but also how to build a trustworthy relationship between a coach and a swimmer, the ups and downs of coaching and more practically, the training cycles, daily and weekly schedules, and types of swimming sessions: Romain Barnier from France, Graham Hill from South Africa, Matthew Brown from Australia, Todd Schmitz from the USA and Chinese coaches Haitao Liu and Guoyi Xu.

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FINA in mourning - Nick Thierry (CAN)

FINA Family


FINA has learnt with great sadness the loss of Nick Thierry (CAN) on October 2, 2012 in Toronto. His immense contribution to the Sport of Swimming, throughout his activities as coach, journalist and statistician will long be remembered by the FINA Family.

Nick was a true devoted lover of Swimming, having consecrated it the major part of his life. He was for many years FINA's most valuable source of swimming rankings, a superb and brilliant work very much appreciated by the coaches, athletes, media and fans of the sport in general. He has done it in a discreet but passionate way, sharing his knowledge and experience with many generations of swimming experts.

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Italy's Paolo Barelli elected new LEN President

FINA Family

Paolo Barelli (ITA)Paolo Barelli from Italy was elected on September 29, 2012 at the helm of the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) for a four-year term during the LEN Congress in Cascais, Portugal. Barelli has been a LEN Bureau Member since 2008 and succeeds Nory Kruchten of Luxembourg.

After the Congress Barelli declared: “It is our aim to keep up the high level of European Aquatics, although it will not be easy in these economically difficult times. With an effort of the entire LEN team we might be able to get it done.”

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Sam Ramsamy (RSA) is new President of African Swimming Confederation

FINA Family

South African Sam Ramsamy, FINA Vice-President and IOC Member, was elected as President of CANA, the Confederation of African Swimming Associations, at the General Assembly held during the 11th African Championships in Nairobi (Kenya).

He takes over from CANA President Mustafa Larfaoui from Algeria. Kenya's Ben Ekumbo is the new CANA Secretary General and Treasurer. CANA currently has 52 member associations.


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Volos 2012, day 5: Two more gold medals for Russia on final day

FINA World Junior Synchro Championships

Russia's Vlada Chigireva won the gold medal in the Solo final of the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships that concluded on September 16, 2012 in Volos (GRE).

Chigireva, already winner of this event in the previous Championships (2010 Indianapolis), got the title in 170.9870 and was followed by Hikaru Kazumori of Japan (163.4881) and by Canada’s Jacqueline Simoneau (162.4059).

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Volos 2012, day 4: Russia wins Duet and Team events

FINA World Junior Synchro Championships

Russia retained its Duet title at the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, being held in Volos (GRE) from September 12-16, 2012. Represented by Milena Miteva and Elena Prokofyeva, Russia earned the gold medal in 168.5908, revalidating the previous World Championships's title in Indianapolis 2010. With this success, Russians have now reached 31 gold medals at World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, including eight consecutive titles in the Duet event since 1999.

Japan's pair, composed by Hikaru Kazumori and Momoka Tamoura earned silver with a combined score of 162.7664, while Ukraine (Kateryna Reznik and Anastasiya Savchuk) were third with 160.5239.

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Volos 2012, day 1-3: Vlada Chigireva first in Figure Competition

FINA World Junior Synchro Championships

Russia's Vlada Chigireva took the first place in the Figure Competition event (79.6870) held on September 13, 2012, at the 13th FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, organised in the indoor Swimming pool of Nea Ionia in Volos (GRE).

Competitors from Russia occupied the first five places of this event, while in sixth Japan's Hikaru Kazumori swam in 77.2481. Two more Russian athletes and one from Japan ranked until ninth place and in tenth was Canadian Jacqueline Simoneau (75.5759). Russia was dominant in the preliminaries of the solo, duet, team and free combination events held in the initial days in Volos.

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