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2013 FINA International Swimming Coaches Clinic And Swimming Training Camp Ends

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The 2013 FINA International Swimming Coaches Clinic and a mini swimming training camp ended successfully on Tuesday 2nd July, 2013 at the Lincoln Community School and the Tesano Sports Club respectively.

The five-day clinic saw Forty Three (43) persons undergo rigorous structured training program to become swimming coaches. Participants emanated from Togo, the Central region, Brong Ahafo Region, Ashanti Region, Greater Accra region, University of Ghana Sports Directorate, the Navy, Ghana Armed Forces and hotels life guards from across the country.

The clinic, conducted under the tutorship of Mr. Rick Powers, USA FINA Swimming Lecturer took the potential coaches through both practical sessions in the pool and theory (classroom) lessons at the Lincoln School. Among the topics studied for the practicals are techniques and drills for the four basic swimming strokes; Freestyle, Backstroke, Butterfly and Breastroke. Video Analysis of the London Olympic Swimming events, Physiology of training/Energy systems, Mental training for swimmers, Parents education, IM training, dryland training and mega, meso and microcycles workout were some of the subjects covered in the classroom theory sessions.

The coaching clinic was followed by a non-residential training camp at the Tesano Sports Club from Sunday 30th June till Tuesday 2nd July. It mainly comprised the National Team swimmers including those who have been selected to represent Ghana at the upcoming FINA World Championship and the FINA World Juniors Championships to be held in Spain and Dubai in July and August respectively.

Apparently, Mr. Rick Powers conferred on the Ag. Director General of the National Sports Authority, Mrs. Alice Attipoe to discuss the potentials of swimming development in the country and how the coaches trained could be utilized to unearth talents by applying the scientific methods of coaching they had acquired at the clinic.

In his remarks at the closing ceremony of the clinic, the President of the Association, Mr. Theophilus Edzie congratulated the participants for their discipline and punctuality during the course period. He was also full of praise for the International Swimming Federation (FINA) and Mr. Rick Powers for conducting a successful event and promised that, the coaches would be empowered to develop and promote the sport in Ghana.

Each of the 43 successful participants was awarded a certificate duly signed by the FINA President, Dr. Julio Maglione.

Attached is a group photograph of the participants with the Lecturer, Mr. Rick Powers.