Letter from the OSA Executive - FINA Bureau Update

Letter from the OSA Executive - FINA Bureau Update

On behalf of Dennis Miller and myself, I would like to provide you with a brief update on FINA activities and note some key information for your Federation, Athletes and Officials.

Over the last 6 month period we have seen the successful delivery of FINA’s three key events being the FINA World Championships (Budapest), FINA Masters Championships (Budapest) and the FINA Junior World Championships (Indianapolis). All these events were taken to a new level in terms of sport presentation and athlete experience. The Junior Worlds also trialed underwater cameras for officials to review stroke and turns which, if proven successful, has the potential to be more widely adopted.

The FINA World Championships in Budapest were also the occasion of the FINA General Congress. Dennis and I are both very honoured to be supported by the Oceania Member Federations as your FINA Bureau representatives for the 2017-2021 period and reiterate our commitment to supporting the development of aquatics within the Oceania region and its Federations. This can only be achieved by working together and building the capacity within each Federation, OSA and FINA itself.

One component that supports this objective is broadening Oceania’s representation on the various FINA Committees and Panels with appropriately qualified volunteers. Below is the list of all Oceania representatives confirmed by the FINA Bureau for the 2017-2021 which is an increase from the previous 4-year term.


FINA Committees and Panels (2017-2021)

Technical Swimming Committee: Ryan Arblaster (AUS) and Lesley Huckins (NZL)

Technical Diving Committee: Eric Brooker (AUS) and Simon Latimer (NZL)

Technical Water Polo Committee: John Whitehouse (AUS)

Technical Artistic Swimming Committee: Anna Nepotacheva (AUS)

Technical Open Water Swimming Committee: Bill Ford (AUS) and John West (NZL)

Technical High Diving Committee: Joey Zuber (AUS)

Masters Committee: Roger Eagles (NZL) and Kerrie Punivalu (SAM)

Sports Medicine Committee: David Gerrard (NZL)

Athletes Committee: Patrick Murphy (AUS) and Ryan Pini (PNG)

Coaches Committee: Ron McKeon (AUS - Swimming), Elvis Fatovic (AUS – Water Polo) and Michel Larouche (AUS - Diving)

Media Committee: Russell McKinnon (AUS)

Facilities Committee: Romani Katoa (COK)

Swimwear Approval Committee: Bruce Mason (AUS)

Legal Committee: Darren Kane (AUS)

Doping Control Review Board: Diana Robinson (AUS)

Doping Panel: Peter Kerr (AUS)

Disciplinary Panel: William Clarke (FIJ)

Ethics Panel: Chris Fydler (AUS)

Awards Committee: Matthew Dunn (AUS)

Development Committee: Dennis Miller (FIJ)

Marketing Committee: Matthew Dunn (AUS)


The Swimming for All program is still progressing with Dennis being a strong advocate for improving its sustainability and implementation through his membership of the FINA Development Committee. This program has the potential to provide great development opportunities within Oceania and in conjunction with Regional Program Manager Nancy Miyake’s ongoing efforts with the Pacific Sports Partnerships Program we hope this will deliver positive outcomes for development in the region.

It is important that all Federations stay updated with the WADA Code and Anti-Doping activities. The responsibility for anti-doping code compliance is firmly on the athlete however Federations have a duty of care to ensure their athletes receive and have access to regular education, information and are fully aware of new developments in this space. Please visit the WADA website (www.wada-ada.org) or contact your National or Regional Anti-Doping Association for up to date information regarding anti-doping regulations and developments.

Another of our strategic objectives is the development and provision of “safe water” by way of pool development or alternative solutions subject to available natural resources. Through the efforts of Dennis, OSA is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with Fluidra to assist, where possible, in the development and construction of new pool facilities. FINA is also currently conducting a feasibility assessment of providing financial and political support for Federations looking to develop new facilities. Although this will almost certainly require co-investment and management agreements from government, it is potentially a very exciting opportunity for many Federations. Nancy Miyake has also been active in this space with a particular focus on “sea pool” solutions. I would encourage you to contact her directly for more information if this might be of interest.

FINA Clinics and Schools have been confirmed by FINA with 18 FINA Clinics and Schools for 2018 approved across a number of Federations and disciplines within Oceania. Congratulations to those successful Federations and we look forward to their successful delivery. All Federations should have received details about the clinics however if for some reason you haven’t please contact Ron Clarke, OSA Honorary Secretary, for information.

It is with regret that Artistic Swimming will not be part of next year’s Oceania Championships in PNG. Sue Edwards has done an extraordinary job in delivering Synchro (now Artistic Swimming) at many Oceania Championships however with limited teams throughout Oceania it became untenable to coordinate for next year’s championships. We thank Sue for her unwavering commitment to the sport with our region.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Dennis or myself if we can assist you or your Federation in any capacity at FINA, Continental or Federation level. We remain committed to support the development of aquatics at all levels but particularly with the Oceania region.


Kind regards


Matthew Dunn                                  

FINA Bureau Member        


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