FINA mourns the loss of Alan Clarkson (GBR)

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FINA learnt with great sadness about the loss of Alan Clarkson, one of the most prestigious swimming officials in Great Britain. Mr. Clarkson passed away on May 22, 2010 after a heart failure – he was 73. In the last years, Mr. Clarkson had been deeply involved with open water swimming, having chaired the FINA technical committee of this discipline until 2005. He had previously been member of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee.

According to the site of British Swimming, “Alan represented England at the 1958 Commonwealth Games and went on to support a series of British and English squads as team manager, accompanying athletes to three Commonwealth Games, as well as the Olympic Games in 1976 and the World Championships in 1973, 1975 and 1978.

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Michael Phelps: 99 seconds with 99 days to go for the 2010 Youth OG (Video)

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With the occasion of the 99 days to go for the start of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (August 14-26), Michael Phelps (USA), one of the ambassadors for this competition, gives a 99 second-interview, where he briefly talks about his success, the keys to shine in the pool and addresses a special message to all those participating in Singapore. His words will certainly inspire the future champions, knowing that Phelps is the best swimmer in history, with 14 Olympic gold medals, eight of them conquered in one single edition of the Games, in 2008 in Beijing (an unparalleled feat).

When he was appointed 2010 Youth Olympic Games ambassador, Phelps had declared: “The Youth Olympic Games is an excellent initiative, not only for the athletes competing, but also those who are inspired to get into sport and be more active. I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to become the first official Ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games, and can’t wait to get working with the YOG team to promote the first event this summer!”

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World Swim Against Malaria

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WSMAfter supporting the project on its launch in 2005, FINA is once more associated to the “World Swim Against Malaria”, a global initiative to bring swimmers together, in order to raise money to fight malaria. The aim is to achieve one million people swimming on the same day all around the world, on June 25, 2010.

FINA committed to support, in close association with Speedo, this project because this was a real opportunity for the swimming community around the world to do something very simple, but very substantial, for a humanitarian cause which could save thousands of lives.

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Paraguay announces swimming team for XXIV Latin Cup

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The Paraguayan Federation of Swimming has revealed the list of swimmers to participate in the XXIV Latin Cup which takes place in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on May 18-23, 2010.

Here is the list below:

Women: Ma. Laura Mongelos Benítez, Paloma Moserrath Rivera, María López Nery Huerta, Karen Natalia Riveros Shulz and Lujan Amarilla Vargas.

Men: Benjamín Thomas Hockin Brusquetti, Renato David Prono Fernández, Bruno Daniel Benítez, Carlos Alfredo Orihuela Gianotti, Francisco Javier Díaz Urunaga, Ricardo Gregor Ramírez and Hugo Andrés Riera Pastore.


 

2nd Annual Jamaican International Synchronised Swimming Championships (JISSC)

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FINA and the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica / Synchro Stars Jamaica invite all Federations to participate in the 2nd Annual Jamaican International Synchronized Swimming Championships (JISSC) to be held from 7-9 October 2010 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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