FINA approves 18 Clinics for Oceania

FINA approves 18 Clinics for Oceania

FINA, the International Swimming Federation, has approved 18 clinics across 10 countries for the 2018 calendar year.

FINA has released their 2018 Clinic schedule, with the approval of all of Oceania’s 18 requested clinics compared to the 12 clinics run in 2017 and 6 clinics in 2016.

Ten out of fourteen member countries will host various clinics over the next year in swim coaching, officiating for both pool and open water swimming, water polo coaching, water polo officiating and artistic swimming (previously known as synchronised swimming).

FINA Clinics have a flexible structure that is adapted to the needs and goals of the Federation that hosts the clinic.

These clinics are part of a wider effort outlined in Oceania Swimming’s four year strategic plan with a renewed focus on swimming participation, greater people development to support quality swimming and support of high performance swimming in the Pacific.

“The implementation of these clinics will raise the knowledge and skills of coaches and technical officials involved, contributing to the long-term development of aquatics in their countries” says Oceania Swimming President and FINA Vice President Dennis Miller.

It should come as no surprise that 6 out of the 10 countries hosting clinics in 2018 will be in open water swimming (OWS). Oceania has some of the most attractive and pristine oceans in the world, a prime environment for open water competition. The Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Palau, Papua New Guinea and Samoa will all host OWS officials clinics, while Marshall Islands will host an OWS coaching clinic.

The push for OWS in the region is intended to strengthen Oceania’s ability to host open water events and to increase the number of Oceania swimmers in OWS events internationally.

Several countries have additionally branched out of the traditional swimming sports and are expanding into other aquatic disciplines. Both Vanuatu and New Zealand will be running clinics in Water Polo, with New Zealand being the only Oceania country to host a clinic in Artistic Swimming.

“The Clinic will be targeted at our Senior Coaches, and include some hands-on work with athletes,” says Sue Edwards, former FINA Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee Member and key driver in New Zealand Artistic Swimming.

“The Clinic will build on the knowledge and experience gained following the Beginner and Intermediate Coaches' Clinic this year. The sport is developing so rapidly that frequent Clinics enable us to keep pace with the rest of the World, and particularly for International competition participation.”

This record high clinic scheduled for Oceania comes at an exciting time for the region, with the upcoming Oceania Swimming Championships in June. Papua New Guinea will host 3 clinics in 2018 in preparation for the Championships in Port Moresby to ensure Oceania swimmers are given the same access to quality standards as any other international competition.

Additionally, FINA has awarded Oceania with four FINA Scholarships; Noah Vilisoni-Heather from the Cook Islands, Brandon Schuster from Samoa, Ryan Maskelyne from Papua New Guinea and Taichi Vakasama from Fiji.

Oceania Swimming looks forward to the next year and to see the progress of aquatic sport in the region.





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