Pinheiros wins the 13-14 years old Brazilian Championship
The Esporte Clube Pinheiros won the Brazilian 13-14 years old Swimming Championship (the Maurício Bekken Trophy). The club scored 298.5 points and conquered its seventh title in this event. Corinthians finished the event in the second position with 257.5 points and Botafogo was third with 230 points. Overall, 28 new event records were set in this competition. The championship was held at the Álvares Cabral club in the city of Vitória.
Swimming Canada announces new Coaching Mentoring Initiative
A new coaching development program that recognizes the considerable value of the mentoring process in facilitating a coach’s development was announced on Nov. 17, 2009 by Swimming Canada.
“Coach mentoring is seen as a critical component of the coach’s developmental pathway,” said Ken Radford, Technical Director for Swimming Canada. “To this end, Swimming Canada has secured funds to support mentorship opportunities.”
How synchro has changed
Over the last decade, a huge metamorphosis has taken place within synchronised swimming. This has occurred for three main reasons: the sport has become increasingly popular worldwide – about 100 nations have regular programmes in this discipline; the performances have dramatically changed, as new figures and movements, and a new event - the combination - have made synchro more spectacular; and, last but not least, the top-three hierarchy at the three major events – Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cups – has significantly evolved. We could say that all these three items are deeply connected – more participation leads to more interest, more interest leads to more stars - but let us take a look into the last topic and recall the evolution since 1973; the date on which the first edition of the FINA World Championships was launched - the first major competition for synchronised swimmers worldwide.
Brenda Villa (USA) - The taste for gold
Her resume happens to break the traditional one page rule, but that is what happens when you have played in three Olympic Games, and concluding this past August in Rome, Italy, six FINA World Championships. She is Brenda Villa of USA Water Polo and these latest World Championships were just another for Villa where she ended up wearing the Gold.
Anyone that has followed women’s water polo over the last decade knows Brenda Villa all too well. The Stanford grad from the largely Hispanic community of Commerce, California grew up playing with the boys, and hit the National Team scene exactly at the right time. Coming on board in the late 90s, Villa was able to step into a new world for the sport that saw inclusion in the Olympic Games and an increased presence in women’s university action.
A 113 year long success story
The history of Hungarian swimming has been a story of excellence since the beginning of the modern sporting era. The winner of the first Olympic gold medal, in 1896, at Athens, was in fact a Hungarian - Alfred Hajos, in the 100 metres freestyle. He won also a second gold medal over the distance of 1200 metres, and went home with two of the three gold medals at stake. Later, Hajos became an architect and designed Budapest's finest competitive swimming pools, in which Hungary trained its next great champions.
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