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State-of-the-art training centre in Phuket welcomes first FINA scholarship athletes
As part of the recent partnership agreement between FINA and the brand new state-of-the-art Thanyapura training centre located in Phuket in Thailand, Southeast Asia, 21 aspiring Olympians have started their “road to Rio 2016 Olympic Games”.
FINA officially launched the new partnership with the sports complex Thanyapura this week at a press conference in Phuket attended by the Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul and FINA Honorary Treasurer, Mr. Pipat Paniangvait.
FINA and the Thanyapura centre have awarded 21 scholarships for swimmers from 11 countries. They will train and live at Thanyapura, while preparing for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
FINA reaches out to the world with more development programmes in 2015
Successful FINA Swimming Clinic for coaches in St Kitts & Nevis
As part of its wide all-yearlong development programme, FINA assisted the St Kitts & Nevis Swimming Federation (West Indies, Caribbean) to host a FINA certified swimming clinic for coaches and instructors, a first on the island, from May 20-24, 2015.
The programme’s aim was to introduce coaches to the four swimming disciplines and their teaching methods involving 12 local children yet to learn how to swim.
A particular attention was given to freestyle. The five training sessions of one hour each took place in the ocean and on the beach as the island isn’t equipped with a swimming pool for the moment.
FINA Clinic prepares swimming officials for the 2015 African Games
A FINA clinic for swimming officials was organised by the Fédération Congolaise de Natation (FECONAT) from April 13-17 in the capital city, Brazzaville (CGO). The clinic attracted 26 participants aspiring to become official technical staff at the African Games.
Successful FINA certification course for diving judges in Pereiera (COL)
A FINA certification course for diving judges was organised in Pereiera (COL) from March 4-6, 2015. 19 participants coming for the most part from Colombia, Peru and Venezuela attended the course given by FINA Diving Technical Committee member Mathz Lindberg.
Among the topics discussed were how to become an elite FINA judge, golden rules and fundamentals of judging a dive, elements of the dive, synchronised diving, and duties of the referee.
FINA school for swimming officials attracts 63 in Puerto Rico
A FINA school for swimming officials was organised in Puerto Rico (PUR) on February 7-8, 2015. For this 2015 American edition of the FINA schools programme, FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Søren Korbo and former TSC Member Bill Hogan were on-hand to train 63 participants in Bayamón, a San Juan suburb.
Among the participants, 50 were locals and 13 came from either Panama, Antigua, Chile, Guatemala, the Bahamas or Barbados.
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