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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AIPS Young Reporters set to tackle intensive training at FINA Doha 2014 events

FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)

AIPS programme

First ever FINA/AIPS Young Reporters programme participants have arrived today in the capital city of Qatar, boosted by their commitment to cover the pivotal meetings and competition days to be held at the 3rd World Aquatics Convention from November 29 till December 1 and at the 12th World Swimming Championships (25m) from December 3–7.

Starting tomorrow, the five-continent representatives will be following an intensive training course aiming to teach them the sports journalism best practice and the latest live reporting techniques. The overall objective of the workshops and lectures is to develop their skills as the new generation of Olympic and aquatic sports reporters.

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