Day 2, Aquatics Convention Doha 2014: Combining elite and development programmes
The 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”.
Day 2, Golden Clinic Doha 2014: Bringing progress to swimming training
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.
Manson makes it his business to keep the sharks at bay
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.
Day 1, Aquatics Convention Doha 2014: Maximising FINA’s thrilling experience
The 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.
Uganda coach says taking part really is what matters the most
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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