FINA supports schools and clinics in Pacific and Caribbean islands

Development News

FINA development programmes continue to benefit countries with high potential.

The Papua New Guinea Swimming Federation hosted a FINA Open Water School for officials in May, during which basic knowledge about the sport was taught to the participants. 23 officials from the region, looking to improve their effectiveness, took part in the two-day programme in Port Moresby (PNG) in the Pacific Ocean. The same group also attended a FINA Swimming School for officials prior to the open water school.

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Also in Oceania, the Guam Swimming Federation welcomed swimming officials for five days in Hagatna (GUM). The course included an introduction to the FINA structure as well as the general principles required by the profession. The rules of each stroke were discussed and supplemented by the FINA officials training video. Practical application of skills was done during the two-day Guam Championships.

FINA was made aware that the country is lacking of volunteers for swim meets but the FINA clinic helped increase awareness of this need. The positive feedback spread by participants will hopefully encourage others to step forward. The clinic helped train new volunteers who are keen to stay involved in the sport. Finally, the course also reinforced the knowledge of the existing officials and  established basic accreditation levels for those involved in the administration of the sport in Guam.

On the other side of the world, the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association hosted a seven-day Swimming and Open Water Clinic led by well-known coach James Richardson. The primary purpose of the course was to focus on the stroke technique and teaching methods. Each participant had the opportunity to work with athletes to develop their teaching techniques in a live situation under the supervision of the lecturer. 

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