August 16, 2014
Open Water Swimming Report
May 20-26, 2014. I gave a FINA Open Water Coaches Clinic in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Nine people attended with 3 days of classroom and two days of in water instruction. The clinic went extremely well. Folling the water time on Sunday the participants were able to work with youth swimmers on drills and skills. The Islands do not have a competitive pool and I think they have a bright future with Open Water Swimming. One of the goals of the Federation is to field a junior team for the UANA Open Water Championships in Oct. in the Cayman Islands.
June 11-18, 2014. Attended the Flowers Sea Swim held on Grand Cayman. A great event with over 960 registered for the mile swim, 98 participating in the 5K and 35 participating in the 10K. This was the second year for the 5K and 10K. With the increase in numbers I feel next year they will make the 10K an elite event, but keep the 5K for elite swimmers as well as recreational swimmers. This is a great event and their number of officials is increasing.
Toronto 2015. I continue to work with the organizing committee to make the Open Water event a great success. I have one major concern. We had a temperature reading on July 18, 2014 at 11:30am. The reading was 14.44C or 58F. FINA rules mandate a minimum temperature of 16C. This past winter was extremely harsh. There was still ice in the Great Lakes in May. The hope is next summer will have warmer weather earlier, but we are looking at alternate sites if the need arises. The present site is perfect and we hope it will work in 2015. We need for all our UANA Federations to understand that at 16C or 17C will be a cold water swim. The organizing committee would like to bring me back for another site visit in the fall.
I am working on the Pan American Festival to be held in Mexico in late September. We have 20 Federations, 46 men, 42 women, 11 officials and 22 coaches. Mexico has come up with an additional 14 judges. Three of my UANA Open Water Technical Committee members, as well as our liasion will be with me to oversee the event. Along with a 5K and 10K swim for both genders we will have a clinic for swimmers, coaches and officials. I am taking Ismael Gonzales (GUA), Tomas Haces (CUB), Rick Walker (USA) and Gladys Mejia (ESA). Several emails were sent out to my committee members requesting who was willing to attend the Sports Festival and the UANA Championships. These all replied in the positive. Ron Jacks (CAN) replied he was unable to attend due to a surgery in his family. I heard nothing from the other members of the committee.
The Summons for the UANA Open Water Championships to be held on Grand Cayman is out to the Federations and is also on our website. I am working with their Technical Director to get another Summons out for officials. The next FINA Open Water Officials list will be out at the end of the year. One of the requirements to be on the next list is to have worked a continental championship. The Championship will provide for that requirement.
UANA Open Water Technical Committee