Swimming Canada announces new partnership with Intercontinental Hotels Group
Swimming Canada is thrilled to announce that they have signed a new multi-year marketing partnership with the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG). IHG is the largest hotel chain in the world.
“This Partnership will help the swimming community in many ways and we look forward to creating some innovative programs with IHG to further promote the program in the coming months”, commented Swimming Canada CEO Pierre Lafontaine.
Bovell III and John-Williams top athletes in Trinidad & Tobago
World Championship record breaker George Bovell III and Youth Olympic Games qualifier Kimberlee John-Williams won the Swimmer of the Year Male and Female respectively at the Annual Award Ceremony of the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) held at Naparima Bowl on January 17, 2010.
New South Wales Institute of Sport launches International Diving Programme
World class divers Melissa Wu and Scott Robertson have joined the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) as part of the newly established diving International Training Programme (ITP), led by NSWIS Diving Programme Head Coach Chava Sobrino, it was recently announced.
Wu, who claimed a silver medal in the women’s synchronised 10m platform at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and Beijing Olympian Robertson relocated from Queensland to join Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham and dual Olympian Alexandra Croak at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
Japan rewards its top athletes and swimmers get ready for FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
The 44th TV Asahi Big Sports Award 2009 was held on January 15, 2010, at the Tokyo Prince Hotel in Japan and rewarded not only swimmers but also a wide range of athletes coming from baseball, golf, sumo, soccer, athletics, and others.
Birth and staleness force Aussie Sharks captain Whalan to have year-long break
Aussie Sharks men’s water polo captain Thomas Whalan is taking a year away from international competition. He and former international swim star wife Elka (nee Graham) are expecting their first baby and the 264-game veteran for the Sharks told his team-mates by email that his focus and motivation since the Rome FINA World Championships last July has not been 100 per cent.
2 major diving and open water swimming events to take place in Mexico this month
The Mexican Swimming Federation called on its divers to participate in the internal selection for the Grand Prix of Russia and Germany, and to join the team of divers to participate in the international selection for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010.
The diving pool named after Mexican’s legend "Joaquin Capilla" will host the first two diving events of the season, scheduled from January 28-30, 2010.
Moreover, on January 23, 2010, in the beautiful port of Acapulco will be held the first open water competition of the season in Mexico; the 5K Ronald Johnson. The event will attract top swimmers who are preparing their way to the Central American and Caribbean Games, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Brazil's National Team convened for South American Championship
The national swimming team for the South American Championship has been convened. As a whole, 28 swimmers are convened to dispute the event from the 25th to the 29th of March, in Medellin, Colombia.
Pinheiros won the last event of the 2009 season and Cesar Cielo broke the World Record in the men’s
The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won the last national competition of 2009, the Brazilian Sports Aquatic Confederation Open Championships (in 50m-pool). The club scored 975 points and dominated the swimming events. Minas TC finished the competition in second with 479 points, while Unisanta took third with 161.5 points. As a whole, one new World Record and three new national records were set and 29 clubs scored points in the event. The competition took place at the city of São Paulo, in the pool of Pinheiros club.
Esporte Clube Pinheiros wins second title in Brazil’s WP League
The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won its second title in the Men's National League of Water Polo (João Havelange Trophy). In the second final game, Pinheiros defeated Fluminense by 12-7 in Rio de Janeiro. In the first decisive match, Pinheiros was also better, scoring 12-5. Last year, Pinheiros and Fluminense also played the final games and the Pinheiros club got the title as well.
Istanbul successfully organised European SC Swimming Championships
The continental swimming elite concluded the year at an impressive level at the 13th European Short Course Swimming Championships held in Istanbul (TUR) from December 10-13, 2009. Ten World records (pending FINA approval) were established during the competition.
The Netherlands were the top nation by medals with ten gold, three silver and one bronze, followed by Russia (8-5-8), France (6-2-3), Germany (5-3-4), Hungary (3-4-1) and Croatia (2-3-0). No nation had achieved more than ten titles at European Short Course Championships since Sweden in Valencia 2000. The Championships Trophy, however, went to Russia for the best team by points (909), far ahead of Germany (671), Italy (600), France (586), the Netherlands (520) and Sweden (476).
Swimmers from 22 nations shared the medals in Istanbul. 41 participating LEN Member Federations were present, meaning a new participation record.
Istanbul will host in 2012, the 11th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m).
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